Cornell sees large deficits turn into opposition wins
The Cornell boys basketball team is still in search of their first conference win, after falling in two games over the week.
Jan. 28 vs. New Auburn conference (L 49-36)
“Great energy by the boys last night,” said coach Marcus Leland. “Played hard the entire game and showed some good perseverance.”
Cornell started off slow against New Auburn and without senior scorer Caleb Balow, who tore a ligament in his ankle and is out for the rest of the season, the Chiefs had trouble mustering offense in the first. They went into halftime down 30-20, but kept fighting in the second half.
New Auburn was limited to just 19 points, opposed to Cornell’s 26. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, time ran out and the game went to New Auburn, 49-36.
In addition to the loss of Balow, junior Jake Sikora is also sidelined, with a torn meniscus.
“Great to see some kids step up,” said Leland. “Blake (Anders) with 12 points was awesome to see.”
The freshman Anders also added 2 steals to his 12 points, followed by junior Davis Harshman with 8 points and freshman Avery Turany with 5 points. Freshman Dylan Bowe followed that with 4 points and 5 rebounds.
Senior Tyler Harycki chipped in with 3 points and 5 rebounds, and junior Austin Bowe had 2 points, 3 steals and 2 assists. Junior Logan Shemick ended the night with 2 points.
“I love how the boys continue to work and support each other,” said Leland.
Jan. 31 vs. Birchwood conference (L 72-19)
Cornell hit the road a few days later, taking on conference leading Birchwood.
“We battled really hard and did a good job of breaking the press, we just didn’t finish shots,” said Leland.
Birchwood poured on the offense in the first half, leading over the Chiefs 51-9. Cornell attempted to rally in the second half, but the deficit was too large to overcome and they dropped the game, 72-19.
The loss puts Cornell at 1-13 overall and 0-9 in the East Lakeland Conference.
Harshman led for the Chiefs, with 10 points and 9 rebounds, while D. Bowe had 6 points and 3 rebounds. Harycki finished with 2 points and 9 rebounds, and A. Bowe came in with 1 point and 3 rebounds.
“We played hard and our effort was really good,” said Leland.