Bulldogs McDonald Eyes Record; Harmer Lifts M-W
BY DAVE SHEA
Chateaugay senior guard Jonah McDonald continued his explosive quest to lay claim to the Section 10 All-Time Career scoring record on Tuesday scoring 30 points in a 69-47 win at St. Regis Falls which clinched the NAC East Division title for the undefeated Bulldogs (13-0, 19-0) who are ranked number in the New York State Class D Poll.
McDonald buried nine of his 10 three-pointers in the first half and finished the night with 1906 career points and two shy of the 1908 mark established last season by Canton's Declan Porter who is now playing at the Exceter Academy Prep school.
McDonald is poised to set a new record on Wednesday night at Chateaugay's Senior Night game against Tupper Lake which will also involve a Girls Varsity game.
It was Senior Night in Madrid-Waddington where its all-time leading scorer Brennan Harmer was honored with senior teammates Jacob Murphy and Trent Lashua and senior cheerleaders Cassidy Hargrave, Julia Domena, Olivia Bush, Emma Martin, Meredith White, Tim Lashua and Marissa Hawkins.
The Senior Night game was played at a beyond breakneck pace set by Norwood-Norfolk which took the lead early in third quarter and built a 60-52 margin with 4:35 play. The Yelllowjackets managed to slow down the Flyers in the final four minutes and snatched a 65-64 win on floating jumper by Harmer as time expired.
The other East Division games of the night saw Parishville-Hopkinton (5-8, 78-12) best Colton-Pierrepont (2-10, 2-16) Brushton-Moira (9-5, 13-6) down Tupper Lake (3-10, 6-12).
CHATEAUGAY'S MCDONALD ON VERGE OF HISTORY
Jonah McDonald's nine first half three-pointers powered the Bulldogs to a 45-14 lead and his 30 points were complemented by 15 from Walker Martin (5 assists, 4 steals), six points by Logan Secore (6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Aiden Tan (5 rebounds), four points from Cameron Richards, three points from Silas Lewis (5 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks) and JJ Johnston and two points from Chase Thomas (5 rebounds).
Derek Provost scored 15 points for St. Regis Falls (2-10, 2-14), Cody Reuss netted 10, Dawson White buried three 3s for nine points and Coalby Cox added eight points with a crowd-pleasing dunk.
"This was a really nice all around team win tonight. Everyone got to play lots of minutes and did nice things out there tonight. We came out and shared the ball really well. Logan had a really nice all around game and Jonah was hot in the first half," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Coach Cox has a really nice group of kids, congrats to their seniors. It was great to see the Cox kid get a dunk at the end on his senior night."
YELLOW JACKETS SNATCH SPELLBINDING WIN
Shooting wise there was nothing memorable for Brennan Harmer in Tuesday's game against N-N at The Ive. Until the final second when it became unforgetable.
Harmer was hounded by constant double teams from a swarming N-N defense and made only two of his first 13 shots and was 0-4 from 3-point range.
But his 14th shot proved to be magical as he wrested control of the rebound on a missed free throw by Trent Lashua and lofted a floating six-foot jumper which dropped into the net as time expired to give M-W (15-4) a 65-64 win and an 11-2 East Division mark headed into Friday's final game at home against Parishville-Hopkinton.
Harmer, who has scored over 1400 points in his career, was buried in a sea of teammates, cheerleaders and fans after M-W snatched a win in a game dictated by the energy, quickness and offensive creativity of the Flyers (6-6, 12-7). They used their skills and quickness to excel on isolation plays, pull-up jumpers, transition scores off leakouts and second and third tips on the offensive boards.
Led by a 27-point effort by Cole Perretta who reeled off a 13-point jump shooting burst in the third quarter, 13 points from Luke Allen and 12 from Nick Burke the Flyers took the lead early in the third quarter and crafted a 60-52 lead with 4:35 to play with six straight points. Colby Beldock ignited the last ditch M-W rally with a three for 62-59 at 2:24 to play which was answered by a putback by Perretta at 1:32. Trent Lahua converted an interior 3-point play for 64-62 and after a free throw by Beldock and steal by Kyle Stoner, Lashua was fouled on an entry pass and went to the line with 1.6 seconds remaining.
His bid for the tie missed but Harmer's rebound and followup decided the issue.
"It was a great game and I just wish we had one more possession. We played great and they (M-W) are a tough team," said N-N Coach Nate Plantz.
Harmer was limited to seven points but passed out 10 assists along with five rebounds and six steals. Lashua led M-W with a 19-point, 16-rebound double-double with four assists and nine points in the fourth quarter. Drew Harmer tallied 13 points with nine in third quarter and Kyle Stoner went 3-7 from 3-point range scoring 13 points with three steals.
Colby Beldock buried three timely 3-pointers on five attempts scoring 10 points and Sage Cordwell grabbed 10 rebounds and scored three points.
"We hung there and just gutted it out and made some big plays and shots. Coach Plantz's team was outstanding and so quick. And we had no answer for Cole Perretta," said M-W Coach Aaron Jones.
"They killed us on the boards and we could play them next week in the sectionals. We have to work hard on some things" added Jones alluding to the Class C bracket for the sectionals with M-W, N-N, St. Lawrence Central and Brushton-Moira.
"Four very good teams who could all win it," said N-N Coach Plantz.
Rounding the N-N scoring were: Levi Sochia and Ryan LaShomb with six points apiece.
The M-W JVs retained a share of the East Division lead at 12-1 in a 56-36 victory led by 14 points from Caleb Froats, 12 from Logan Cordova who buried four 3-pointers and 11 points from Tanner Smith. Luke LePage added six points and N-N was led by Caden st. Andrews and Ryan Emlaw with 12 and 10 points.
"I have really enjoyed working with this group. They share the ball well and know the game," said M-W Coach Tim Dashnaw.
LAROSE'S P-H SQUAD FINISHING STRONG
Parishville-Hopkinton continued its strong finish under first year coach Stephen LaRose with a 53-31 win over neighboring rival Colton-Pierrepont. The Panthers anchored the win on defense as they took a 14-5 first quarter lead and allowed just 13 points in the second half.
The P-H offense featured five players with seven points or more in Burt Chevrier with 13, Tanner Rosenbarker with 11, Peyton Snell and Lawson Snell with 10 and Harrison Snell with seven. Jacob Fisher added three points,
Timmy Farns tallied 15 points for C-P with three 3s in the second quarter and Aiden Knight scored six points with 10 rebounds. Harlee Besio also scored six points and Noah Rousell added four.