Cincinnatus boys basketball falls to DeRuyter at home

It was a tough loss for the Cincinnatus varsity boys basketball team last night, as they fell 38-71 to DeRuyter at home. 

DeRuyter held the Cincinnatus Lions scoreless (0-20) with their fast and aggressive play at the beginning of the game. 

While Cincy wasn’t able to find the basket in the opening quarter, they were quickly able to get back in the game in the second quarter by scoring 20 points of their own and holding DeRuyter to a mere three points to make it 20-23 at the half. 

However, DeRuyter came back in the second half and wore down the Lions in transition, outscoring them 18-48 the rest of the way to secure the win. 

“DeRuyter plays with such pressure and poise, like a fine tuned machine,” said Cincinnatus Head Coach Jim Halstrom. “Offensively, anybody and everybody is capable of scoring in so many ways, and that’s tough to defend. We didn’t handle their pressure early in the game, but we did a better job the rest of the game. It’s tough to play 94 feet for 32 minutes with DeRuyter, they’re a special group that has a top notch coaching staff.”

DeRuyter ended the game with three players in double-digits. Gavin Richardson (21 points and 10 rebounds), Tristan Worlock (17 points), and Benjamin Barnes (13 points).  

The Lions were led by junior Scott Schuyler with 15 points. Following Schuyler were Cason Stafford with eight points, and Tyler Liddle with six points. 

Up next, Cincinnatus is scheduled to take on McGraw on the road for an exciting Cortland County matchup on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6pm.