March 22, 2011


All-Star squad colored Purple

CHS has trio of 1st teamers

Staff Writer

The two-time OHSL Freedom American Division champion Cortland High boys’ basketball team placed three members on the league’s first-team all-star squad for this past season in voting by the coaches.
Junior center Brandon Babcock, senior forward Justin Hogan and junior forward Jonathan Prior earned spots on the elite squad, as did Phoenix senior forward Mark Felicia and Chittenango senior center Mike Scott.
After repeating as division champions, Cortland (19-2) advanced to the Section 3 Class A title game — losing to eventual state champion and OHSL Freedom American Division first place finisher Jamesville-DeWitt. Those Red Rams were able to avenge a memorable regular season loss at Cortland in the process.
Homer Central sophomore point guard Casey Cleary was named to the second team, along with senior forward Dana Rowe, sophomore guard Jake Deno and senior center Andy DiSanto from Mexico, Chittenango senior guard Brendan Galek and Phoenix senior center Marty Felicia, Mark’s twin brother.
Honorable mentions are Cortland junior guard Qwuhail Barlow, junior forward J.P. Reagan and junior guard P.J. Mahar, Homer senior forward Joe Marchetti, Chittenango junior guard-forward Devin Christopher and senior forward Mike Moon, senior guard Josh Hutchinson and sophomore forward Patrick Twiss from Mexico and Phoenix junior guard Kyle Himes.
Purple Tiger coach Mick Lowie had the following comments on his first-teamers.
On Brandon Babcock: “Brandon was also named to the first team by a unanimous vote of the division coaches. A junior captain, he was a second-team pick last season. He led the 19-2 Purple Tigers in scoring with 285 points (13.6 points per game) on 114-of-201 shooting from the floor for a 57 percent accuracy, led the team in rebounding with 179 boards (8.5 per game) and was third in assists with 57, a remarkable stat considering he was also our leading scorer as a center.
“Without question, I think the division coaches recognized Brandon as an outstanding and dangerous pivot player, as he was doubled teamed whenever he touched the ball by every opponent. His ability to run the floor and convert on transition, score from the inside as well as from the perimeter and his ability to defend and stay out of foul trouble is what made Brandon a unanimous first-team pick.”
On Justin Hogan: “Justin was also been named to the first team by a unanimous vote of the division coaches. A 6-4 senior captain, he scored 202 points for the season (9.6 per game) and made 35-of-95 3-point shots for a very solid 37 percent accuracy and 38-of-75 2-point shots for a 51 percent accuracy. Justin also dished out a team-leading 73 assists from his forward position. At the defensive end Justin was even more impressive, as he led the Tigers in steals with 62, in blocked shots with 27 and was second on the team in rebounding with 127.
“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 one of the best passers for a big kid that you will find. There aren’t too many 6-4 kids who possess his offensive and defensive skills; I think that the league coaches recognized that as well.”
On Jonathan Prior: “A junior, Jon was second in scoring with 219 points (11 per game), second in foul shooting on 53-for-72, 74 percent and handed out 42 assists. I think what impressed the division coaches the most about Jon 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.
Defensively, Jon was one of our best players grabbing 62 boards and 25 steals. He was also honored as one of this year’s Most Improved Players on our team as he stepped into a starting position from his reserve role last year.”

Final Freedom American Division standings: Cortland 12-1, Chittenango 7-6, Mexico 4-9, Phoenix 4-9, Homer 1-12.


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