December 22, 2008


No. 1 Rams roll past CHS

BasketballRich Barnes/contributing photographer
Cortland High’s Jordan Prior (left) and Will Fickenscher (right) hit the Shafer Gym floor along with Jamesville-DeWitt’s Jailaan Kinsey chasing down a loose ball Saturday afternoon. No. 1-state ranked J-D rolled to a 92-57 victory.

At one juncture of Saturday’s basketball mismatch, No. 1 state-ranked Jamesville-DeWitt had more dunks than Cortland High boys had baskets.
That’s how good these Red Rams are, and their vast talents were on full display while scoring 30 first quarter points and going on to beat Cortland 92-57 at Shafer Gymnasium in an OHSL Freedom Division game that had been postponed by wintry weather the previous evening.
“This team is unbelievable,” said CHS coach Mick Lowie as Syracuse University bound guard Brandon Triche and 6-foot-8 freshman Dajuan Coleman each scored 17 points to lead the Red Rams assault. Lowie had no qualms calling J-D, now 4-0 in the Freedom Division and 5-0 overall, the best team he has seen in his long coaching tenure at his alma mater.
“They have two Division I guards and a couple of kids who are going to be Division I players by the time they graduate,” added Lowie of the J-D juggernaut. “There’s just nothing you can do. They’re going to beat everyone in our league by the same score.”
The Purple Tigers did have some good things happen despite falling to 2-2 in division play and 4-3 overall. Trevor Williamson used his quickness inside to finish with a team high 18 points, Jeff Brown and Jordan Prior came off the bench to contribute 10 points apiece and Cortland collected 18 assists on the 23 baskets it made in the game.
“We actually moved the ball pretty well,” said Coach Lowie, as Justin Hogan dished out five assists and Caleb Wright added four. “A lot of good shots were intimidated (by J-D shot blockers), but we moved the ball remarkably well.”
What CHS could not do was slow J-D down, Lowie noting: “They don’t even care what defense you’re playing.” The Red Rams were ahead 48-24 at half-time and then posted 29 points in the third quarter. The Purple Tigers scored a respectable 19 points in that third quarter, too, making 8-of-13 shots while getting good looks against a 1-3-1 zone defense the Red Rams tried out. Williamson had 10 of his points during that surge.
Coach Lowie came into the game looking to have some positives to carry into the rest of the campaign, which starts up again Tuesday when the Purple Tigers head to Syracuse to take on Fowler High, and that was accomplished in this loss. The jayvees get the Cortland-Fowler twin bill underway at 5:30 p.m.
CORTLAND JVs dropped a second consecutive game, a fourth quarter comeback bid falling short in a 72-68 loss to Jamesville-DeWitt.
Jonathan Prior led the Purple Tigers (3-2) with 21 points, while P.J. Mahar made a half-dozen 3-pointers and added 19 points. Visiting J-D turned a 16-15 first quarter deficit into a 38-27 half-time lead and got balanced scoring, Gabriel Williams with 13 points, Curtis Walker and Tyler Cavanaugh with 12 apiece and Mark Hightower with 11.
Alumni Game Upcoming
As part of the annual Cortland High Christmas Tournament being held at Shafer Gymnasium next Monday and Tuesday, the Cortland High Alumni Basketball Game will be held at 4 p.m. on that Tuesday, Dec. 30. All past players are welcomed to attend.