Sackets Harbor sinks Rams in state tourney

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Timing means everything in state basketball competition, and the New York State Regional championship game is not the place for a basketball team to go stone cold.

That was the fate of South Kortright’s Rams as SK’s season ended Saturday at LeMoyne College in Syracuse. The cold-shooting Rams fell 52-36 to New York State’s top ranked Class D team, Section III’s undefeated Patriots of Sackett’s Harbor.

Credit Sackett’s defense. A scrambling Patriot 2-3 zone defense choked off SK’s inside scoring opportunities and harassed the Rams outside shooters for most of the game. Even so, when Cody Burn hit a knifing right hand lay-up with just under four minutes to play in the first half, SK was only down by two points, 21-19.

Key play of game
Perhaps the biggest play of the game happened 25 seconds later when SK’s senior leader Brandon Tuttle was whistled with his third foul and forced to leave the game. The Patriots capitalized running off six points in a row to build an eight-point advantage. Burns stopped the run with another driving score 10 seconds before the half, but the damage had been done.

South Kortright couldn’t get their offensive game untracked in the second half. The third period proved decisive when the Patriots limited the Rams to 5 points building a 40-26 advantage heading down the stretch.

While SK was shooting blanks from long-range, Sackett’s Harbor was spot on. The Patriots nailed six shots from behind the arc, with twin brothers Zack and Alex D’Allesandro combining to trigger five of the bombs. Zack D’Allesandro finished with a game high 17 points and teammate Marshall Smith added 14.

Brandon Tuttle put the final touches on a stellar basketball career at SK scoring a team-high 15 points. Another SK senior, Cody Burns finished in double figures with 11.
South Kortright continued their proud tradition of local basketball excellence finishing the season as Section IV champions at 19-3.