The Cortland varsity boys basketball team played well, but unfortunately they were unable to win at home Saturday against Bishop Grimes. The final score was 40-51.
According to Cortland Head Coach Jeremy Milligan, Cortland’s defensive plan was simply to Contain 6’5 senior and Cortland native Jack Gutchess (averaging 19 ppg) and junior point guard Sylvestor Seton (averaging 13 ppg).
The Cortland Tigers were able to do just that in the first half, as they held Gutchess to 4 points and Sylvester to 6 points. The Tigers had a 23-21 point lead at the half.
The third quarter transformed into a back and forth affair, with both teams scoring 11 points in the quarter. Bishop Grimes then stepped up on both ends of the floor in the final quarter of the game, outscoring Cortland 19-3.
“This game was our most intense game from tip to buzzer of the season,” said Coach Milligan. “Grimes applied pressure and wore us down a bit. Our kids never gave up and kept battling through the final buzzer. Our goal is to learn from this game, grow from it, and apply it over these final two weeks of the shortened season.”
The Cortland Tigers were led by senior Noah Armstrong (12 points) and junior Max Gambitta (10 points).
Gutchess and Seton led Bishop Grimes with Gutchess scoring 19 points and Seton scoring 14 points.
Up next, the Purple Tigers play at Dryden on Monday, March 1st 5pm.