By Rob Tetro
The Fulton boys’ varsity basketball team’s season came to an end with four losses to finish the season at 5-13.
Fulton needed to win one of its final 4 games to qualify for Sectional Play.
On Jan. 31, Cortland cruised past the Red Raiders, 73-52. Christian Brothers Academy rolled past Fulton, 77-53 Feb. 4. On Feb. 7, Bishop Ludden topped the Red Raiders, 76-49. While a final chance to qualify for Sectionals was lost when East Syracuse Minoa rallied for a 64-57 win Feb. 11.
Fulton had a 1-point lead over Cortland in their game, but Cortland took command of the game during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 11 points to take a 37-27 halftime lead.
Cortland kept pouring it on during the third quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders by 7 points to extend the lead to 17 points. Cortland capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton again to win by 21.
Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Chris Jones with 17 points, followed by Cody Green with 12, Josh Hudson with 8 and Jon Cummins chipped in 5 points.
CBA and Fulton were competitive in the first quarter of their game, with the Brothers having only a 3-point lead over Fulton after the first. The Red Raiders hung tough during the second quarter and CBA had a 38-31 lead at the half.
CBA pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders by 9 points to push its lead to 16 points. Christian Brothers Academy put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Fulton by 8 points to cruise to the 77-53 win.
The Red Raiders were led by Cody Green with 18 points, followed by Chris Jones with 11, Jon Cummins and Josh Hudson with 8 points each and Brian Hudson added 6 points.
Bishop Ludden wasted little time putting its game with Fulton out of reach. They jumped out to an 18-point lead in the first quarter. The Red Raiders were far more competitive during the second quarter and were outscored by only 2 points. Ludden still had a 44-24 halftime lead.
Bishop Ludden refused to let up during the third quarter. They outscored The Red Raiders by 9 points to expand the lead to 29 points. To Fulton’s credit, they didn’t quit until the clock hit all zeros. They battled on while outscoring Bishop Ludden by 2 points during the fourth quarter. But the deficit they faced proved to be insurmountable as Bishop Ludden came away with 27-point victory.
Leading the way for Fulton was Cody Green with 13 points, followed by Chris Jones with 10, Seth Britton with 7, Josh Hudson and Mark Pollock scored 5 points each and Taylor Jordan chipped in 4 points.
The Red Raiders took on East Syracuse Minoa in hopes of winning to qualify for postseason play. After a competitive first quarter, the Red Raiders had a 2-point lead over ESM. But then the Spartans stormed ahead during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 10 points to take a 30-22 lead.
The Red Raiders fought back during the third quarter, outcoring ESM by 7 points to bring its lead down to a point at 39-38. Fulton’s rally continued into the fourth quarter as well.
It seemed the Red Raiders were in position to win late in the game. But Fulton ran out of gas down the stretch and the Spartans seized the opportunity and pulled away. They outscored Fulton by 7 points to escape with a 64-57 win.
Fulton was led by Chris Jones with 27 points, followed by Cody Green with 19, Brian Hudson with 7 and Jon Cummins with 4 points.