December 21, 2011
No rust on Purple Tigers
Coach Mick Lowie had a lot to be happy about Tuesday night.
After a week off, his Cortland High boys’ basketball team looked sharp in rolling past visiting Chittenango 71-30 at Shafer Gym.
The Purple Tigers got points from 13 different players. By halftime — which saw the hosts with a 31-15 lead — a dozen different players had already seen playing time.
Senior guard Jonathan Prior led Cortland with 14 points, while senior center Brandon Babcock added 13 and senior guard Qwuhail Barlow 10.
“It was one of those game where we were able to get a lot of kids in and get them a lot of playing time,” Lowie said, his team now 1-1 in the OHSL Freedom American Division and 3-1 overall. “Chittenango is down a bit this year, and was missing a starter, but played hard. They’re well-coached, and executed their stuff.
“I thought we were a little sloppy in the first half; our shooting percentage was OK, but I didn’t feel we went out and executed well to start the game. We got off to a good lead early, and maybe the kids thought it was going to be easy — the stopped executing and got sloppy. But we played good defense. We made them take a lot of difficult shots. They didn’t have much height, and didn’t get a lot of easy open looks.”
Because of their size disadvantage and Cortland’s defense, the Bears (0-3, 0-4) attempted 29 3-pointers in the game, managing to hit only four.
Whatever suspense was left at intermission was dispelled in the third quarter, when the Purple Tigers outscored their visitors 24-10 to take a 55-25 lead into the fourth. “Our starters began the third quarter and did a very nice job,” Lowie said. “They rebounded well, got things going and were very unselfish with the ball. We only took 11 3-pointers in the game (making three), and had a lot of close-range shots both in the third and the game overall. Our shooting (54 percent overall) was very good.”
The winners had a 38-29 rebounding advantage in the contest, Babcock with 10 as 13 players in all contributed in that department. Prior had five assists and senior forward J.P. Reagan four, and CHS had 16 steals while committing just nine turnovers.
CORTLAND JVs beat Chittenango 77-39 to improve to 2-2 league and overall as Qadir Artis scored 15 points, complemented by Phillip Carrigan with 14 and Daquan Pittman with 12. The hosts led 23-9 after one quarter and were up 47-19 at halftime. Connor Mills led the Bears with 10 points.
Both Cortland teams visit Phoenix Friday, the JV tipoff slated for 5:30 p.m.
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