January 31, 2011


8th Grade Ballers take title


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
7th Grade Cortland Ballers’ Bronson Gagliano passes the ball out of trouble against Skaneateles Lakers’ Jack Bailey during Saturday’s tournament game at the Cortland County Office Building. The Ballers won, 45-28.

The Cortland YMCA 8th Grade Ballers went unbeaten to win their own tournament title this weekend, capped by a 44-38 victory over Pastimes out of Syracuse in Sunday’s title game at the Cortland County Office Building gymnasium.
The first of five victories for the Ballers came on Saturday, beating Gang Green out of Binghamton 43-38. Zach Marsh with 18 points and Sage Brown 10 led the scoring, while Jack Hearn got his hands on eight rebounds and Jayden Gavidia came up with five steals. Andrea Hawkins had 12 points for Gang Green.
Marsh and Quinn Kennedy scored 12 points apiece to lead a balanced Cortland scoring ledger in a 52-37 win over Skaneateles. Nate Turkow and Jake Hayes had seven rebounds apiece, and Collin Pickert dished out a handful of assists. Jacob Peterson topped Skaneateles with 10 points.
The Ballers then beat Jamesville-DeWitt 41-22 with Marsh scoring 10 points, Hearn nine, Turkow eight and Kennedy eight. Brown had five assists running the offense, while Marsh and Hearn controlled the backboard with eight rebounds apiece. Brady Quinn netted 10 points to pace J-D.
In the semifinals on Sunday, Cortland beat St. Paul’s from Oswego 60-46 as Marsh scored 23 points and Brown 16. Hearn was also in double figures with 10 points, while Hayes and Gavidia combined for a dozen steals defensively. Hearn, Marsh and Kennedy had eight rebounds apiece. St. Paul’s had three players score in double figures, Josh Lazzaro with 15, Zach Gillard 12 and Derek Bivens 10.
In the title game win over Pastimes the offense featured 16 points from Marsh, while Hearn finished with 11 and Brown nine. Hayes had four steals and Brown three assists in the win. Other members of the championship squad were Aidan Stehm, Anthony Ricottilli and Casson Hathaway.
7th Graders Fall in Semis
After reaching the semifinals with a 2-1 record, the Cortland YMCA 7th Grade Ballers were ousted by eventual champion Pastimes from Syracuse 49-34 in the Ballers & Shockers Tournament.
A 45-28 victory over Skaneateles opened up tourney play, Nick Craig with 18 points and Bronson Gagliano 10 for the Ballers. Brett Copes had seven rebounds and Kersean Perry six, while the defense featured four steals from Jahvonte Edwards. Cameron Mercado had 12 points and Sam Duggan eight for Skaneateles.
Tully then nipped Cortland 31-30 in the second game. Connor Caughey had eight points and Dylan Brown seven in the loss, while Curtis Wilk grabbed five rebounds and Jake Prignon came up with three steals. Ryan Tillotson, Trevor Averill, Drew McNerney and Ryan Agedal had eight points apiece for the Tully side.
The Ballers then jumped out to a 16-zip lead and coasted to a 69-40 win over Homer. Craig led the way with 19 points, while Edwards added 13 and Brown nine. John Khazzaka had five assists, with Copes and Caughey grabbing six rebounds apiece.
In the semifinal loss to Pastimes, Craig had 14 points and five assists while Caughey finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Copes added five rebounds and Brown four steals to the effort.


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