All through the first two periods, Chittenango matched Cortland’s production, and by the time they went to the break, the Bears clung to a 27-25 lead. As the pace picked up, though, the Purple Tigers inched out in front, and it would use late free throws to hang on.
Sass finished with 12 points, while Delaney and Filsinger each picked up 10 points. Matt Milliman added six points as Quinn Kennedy led Cortland with 17 points and 13 rebounds, with Zach Whelan contributing 16 points.
It wasn’t as close on the girls side as Chittenango fell to Cortland 54-25, watching as the Purple Tigers used a 28-8 run through the second and third periods to break loose.
Sarah Moon, with 10 points, and Kate Boyer, with seven points, accounted for most of the Bears’ offense as Cortland’s Shea Swartwout and Shaniqua Artis had 15 points apiece. Both of Chittenango’s sides will play twice in the first full week of 2014, against CBA and Fulton.