3-Pointers Spark OFA Break Away vs SLC
BY DAVE SHEA
In racing out to a 3-0 start the defense of their NAC Central Division title, the OFA Boys Basketball team was only inconsistent in one department. Shooting from three-point range.
The Blue Devils dispatched that shortcoming on Monday hitting five three-pointers in the first quarter and eight of 14 attempts in the first half of an uptempo 98-30 home win over St. Lawrence Central for a 4-0 division mark.
Conner Griffith and Harry Powers both knocked down their first two attempts from behind the arc in a 27-10 first quarter lead and Jackson Jones scored 12 points around the rim in a transition-filled second quarter where the Devils gained a 33-13 advantage.
Jones finished with a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Griffith and Powers each buried four 3s scoring 15 points and 12 points and Brogan LaRose freed himself inside with constant movement without the ball in scoring 12 points leading a strong showing by the reserves.
MeSean Johnson supplied a 10-point, 10-assist double-double with six rebounds and Trent Sargent also scored 10 points with three assists in an offense flowing off smooth ball movement and extra passes to produce open shots. David Vernsey came off the bench to score eight points and grab a team-high 10 rebounds.
"It was a great effort with six players in double figures. We shot the ball very well tonight and Connor Griffith played a great game. We shared the ball so well and rewarded the guys who ran the floor. Our bench play has been amazing," said OFA Coach Mark Henry who will lead his team to Malone on Thursday for a meeting with the Huskies who stayed unbeaten in division play with a 85-47 win over Potsdam.
"We are playing defense extremely well. St. Lawrence Central is a good team but our defense just contained them very well."
Tristan Lovely contributed six points, five assists and three steals and Logan Horton added four points and one of OFA's 12 3-pointers.
Caeden Taylor scored 12 points to lead SLC (1-2 NAC) with Steve Horner scoring nine and Cash Feeley dropping in six. Ethan LaRock added five points and other scoring came from: Grant Taylor (2), Ansen Weegar (2), Austin Weegar (2) and Hunter Arquiett (4).
The OFA JVs earned a 56-46 win over St. Lawrence where Kam Johnson buried two 3-pointers scoring 10 of his 15 points in the third quarter where the Blue Devils gained a decisive 19-10 advantage. Shea Polniak scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and Justice McIntyre went 11-13 from the foul line scoring 13 for the Blue Devils who stayed undefeated on the season.
"Kam Johnson hit some key threes and we played good defense. They were a tough squad," said OFA Coach Dakota Brady.
Rounding out the OFA scoring were: Aiden LaFlair (4), Ryan Mitchell (3) and Andrew Loffler (3). Jayden Ashley scored a game-high 22 points for SLC and Dylan Bissonette netted 13.
Malone 85 - Potsdam 46: Malone (3-0 NAC) raced to a 25-6 lead and never looked back forcing 24 turnovers in the first half alone. Leading scorers for Malone were Payton Poirer (26, including 6 3's), Damien Porier (18, including 4 3's), Keeghan Monette (12) and Aiden Decillis (10).
Potsdam was led for the third straight game by Noah Dominy with 19 points.
Massena 53 - Salmon River 33: Chris McGregor and Zach LaBarge combined for 13 and 11 points leading Massena (2-2 NAC) and Nathan Firnstein came through with nine. Adam Peets and Zach Barney each added seven points.
Evan Skidders scored 13 points for Salmon River and Hawi Cook-Francis tallied eight.
Canton 75 - Gouverneur 29: Bouncing back from a loss to Malone in the closing seconds in their last outing the Bears (3-1 NAC) jumped out to a 22-6 first quarter lead against Gouverneur. Andy Downs, Sky Kennedy and Ashton Cloce combined for five, three and four 3-pointers scoring 17, 15 and 14 points for the Bears and Josh Kennedy and Caleb Bentley-Hicks scored seven.
"After our loss to Malone we got in the gym and worked on mistakes we made. The guys did a great job making the adjustments," said Canton Coach Troy Lassial.
"Gouverneur is a very young team. They will be fine in the future."
Rounding out the scoring were: Ethan Furnia (3), Nate Pennyman (2), Chris Snow (2), Jonah Longshore (2), Chris Downs (2) and Sam Fadden (4).
Garrett LeClair and Brock Cox each scored 10 points followed by Michael Johnson with nine, Cayden Storie with five and Damien Knapp with five.