It was a thrilling and exciting game at Cortland Jr/Sr High School, as the varsity boys basketball team hosted a successful senior night where the Tigers defeated Oswego 53-48.
All three Cortland seniors (Ethan Myers, Antoine Jennings, and Connor Tierney) showed up defensively, as they constantly forced turnovers and grabbed defense and offense of rebounds.
Jennings had one of his best games of the season with five points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and two steals.
“We planned to play some good helping men-to-men defense,” said Cortland Head Coach Jeremy Milligan. “Ethan Myers, our senior defensive leader all year long, forced three charges, and Tyler Blake took another charge. Our defense of tenacity was just fun to watch. I was really proud of the kids to be able to perform like that in front of a good crowd on the final night of our season.”
The Tigers led 22-20 at the half.
The second half was much more like the first, until the Tigers increased their lead to 10 with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
With about 40 seconds left, Oswego would attempt a late comeback by making it a four point game. The Tigers were then able to convert two steals into baskets, with Jennings stealing and hitting the last one to call it a game.
“It was the adrenaline, so I was hype to get that steal,” said Jennings. “The whole team just wanted to win,” added Myers. “Last game of the season, and last game for the seniors. We were all focused on the victory at the end.”
Sophomore Max Gambitta led the team in points with 16 points. Noah Armstrong had 13, while Blake had 11.
Cortland ended the season with a 7-13 record, and will be looking to comeback strong next year.
Here are some highlights and postgame interviews of last night's game: