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January 29, 2014

 

OHSL boys basketball: Early uprising ignites CHS

The Cortland High boys’ basketball team scored early and often against visiting Fowler Tuesday night, roaring out to a 28-13 lead after one quarter and never looking back in what ended up a 77-60 OHSL Freedom Division victory.
Senior guard Zach Whelan played a huge part in the early uprising by the Purple Tigers as he scored 12 points on four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 18 points — all on treys.
“Our first play of the game was a set play for Zach to get an open 3-pointer,” said CHS coach Jeremy Milligan, his team now 6-3 in the Freedom National and 10-4 overall. “He nailed it, followed up by another three. Zach was feeling it; four 3s in the opening frame was fun to watch.
“His teammates did a nice job of making the extra pass and feeding the hot hand. If Zach had not tweaked his ankle this past Saturday in practice he would have played more minutes in the second half and would have had the opportunity to tie or break the CHS record of eight 3s in a game,” he added.
Junior forward Quinn Kennedy had 17 points to go with six rebounds and two steals while junior guard Sage Brown had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the hosts. Kennedy scored 10 of his points in the first quarter, while Brown scored nine in the third as the winners expanded on a 41-27 halftime lead to go up 63-43 entering the final eight minutes.
“Quinn has the ability to really put opposing teams in mismatches,” Milligan said. “He’s big enough with the skills to play with his back to the basket while at the same time can knock down the long ball.
“Sage got into some foul trouble in the first half and had limited minutes. When he returned to action in the second half he was hungry for action and stepped up.”
Sophomore guard Nick Craig scored seven of his nine point sin the fourth quarter and also had six rebounds as Cortland outrebounded the Falcons from Syracuse 34-31.
“Nick had a well balanced game with the six rebounds plus seven assists and two blocks,” Milligan said. “Each game the coaches feel Nick is really feeling more and more comfortable on the court. His size, athletic ability to drive the basket and his court vision really make him a difficult match off the bench for opponents.”
Fowler (5-4 Freedom American and 6-5 overall) was led by Bam Reome with 21 points, complemented by Josh Ramos with 16 and Kerry Butler with 12.
FOWLER JVs stormed back from a huge deficit to score an 81-71 win over Cortland. The Purple Tigers (6-3, 10-4) led 32-13 after one quarter and 49-34 at halftime before the Falcons erased the deficit with a 23 \\-8 third quarter and then took charge in the fourth. The winner went 23-for-37 from the foul line to CHS’s 14-for-19.
Sophomore guard-forward Bronson Gagliano scored 18 points while sophomore guard Kersean Perry, sophomore forward Brandon Sweet and sophomore forward John Khazzaka had 12 each. Devon Short poured in 31 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, for Fowler while Frank DiFrancis had 20 and LeRon Speights 15.
Fulton visits the Cortland squads Friday on Senior Night for the varsity. The JV game gets things started at 5:30 p.m.

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