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March 20, 2010

 

Cortland players honored

By TANEY BEAUMONT
Staff Writer

Champion Cortland High placed two players on the OHSL Freedom American Division boys’ basketball all-star first team, with its other three starters earning second-team honors.
Senior guard Jordan Prior and junior forward Justin Hogan were named to the elite squad by vote of the coaches, Prior unanimously. They were joined there by Jared Littlejohn and John Rooney of runner-up Bishop Ludden and Tim Forbes of Mexico.
Sophomore center Brandon Babcock, senior guard Jeff Brown and senior guard-forward Caleb Wright were all accorded second-team honors, as were Chittenango’s Mike Scott and Mike Moon.
Honorable mentions went to Patrick Twiss of Mexico as well as Omar Osborn and Casey Ganley of Bishop Ludden.
Purple Tigers coach Mick Lowie, who was separately honored as the Section 3 Class A Coach of the Year, had the following comments on his first-teamers.
On Jordan Prior: “Jordan was selected to the first team in a unanimous vote of the division coaches. A senior, captain of this year’s Purple Tiger squad, Jordan led the Purple Tigers in scoring with 262 points and 13.8 points per game average, in foul shooting on 50-for-62 for 81 percent and in assists, dealing out 75, or four per game.
I think what impressed the division coaches the most about Jordan was his athleticism, his quickness, scoring and passing ability caused problems for every team. He has the ability to take the ball to the basket and finish or pull up for the jump shot. As the season progressed, Jordan became quite adept at making the correct decision. He was also presented with this year’s Cortland Basketball Most Valuable Player Award. Jordan is undecided about a college at this point, but does plan to play basketball at the collegiate level.”
On Justin Hogan: “Justin, the lanky 6-4 junior, scored 172 points for the season (9.1 points per game), made 20-of-60 3-point shots for a very solid 33 percent accuracy and 50-of-97 two-point shots (52 percent). he also dished out 45 assists from his forward position.
At the defensive end, Justin was even more impressive as he led the Tigers in rebounding with 137 for a 7.2 per game average, in steals with 34 and blocked 16 shots.
Justin was able to do a little bit of everything very well for us this season. He is a capable scorer inside and a deadly 3-point shooter from the perimeter and a solid passer.
There aren’t too many 6-4 kids who possess his offensive and defensive skills. The great thing about all of that is that we have him for another season!”
Final OHSL Freedom American Division standings: Cortland 11-2 (14-5 overall), Bishop Ludden 8-5 (12-9), Chittenango 5-8 (6-12), Mexico 2-11 (4-13), Homer 0-13 (1-16)