The timing of the game appeared right, as the Spartans hoped that the 9-0 Purple Tigers were looking ahead to its big showdown with Bishop Ludden later in the week.
But that was not the case. Other than a 17-point outburst in the second quarter, ESM found itself completely baffled by Cortland’s matchup zone defense, the low point coming in a third quarter where it got outscored, 18-2, by the Purple Tigers.
Only Sean Richardson, with 11 points, scored in double figures, with Jeff McDuffie adding nine points. Cortland was well-balanced as Isaiah Prior (13 points), Zach Whelan and Teddy Phillips (11 points each) led their efforts.
This put ESM back at the .500 mark (5-5) as it went to Homer Tuesday before hosting Fulton on Saturday, the day where the school’s 2013 class of Athletic Hall of Fame members are enshrined. Grimes (7-3) would be home Tuesday to face Jordan-Elbridge before a Thursday trip to Cazenovia.