Chateaugay Downs M-W; Lisbon, H-D Win
BY DAVE SHEA
Lisbon and Hermon-DeKalb remained undefeated on the season while Madrid-Waddington suffered it first NAC East loss in a high-energy matchup with Chateaugay in Saturday's NAC Boys Basketball action.
Lisbon gained a 67-49 nonleague win over Saranac Lake, H-D downed Edwards-Knox 62-53 and Jonah McDonald's 39 points propelled Chateaugay past Madrid-Waddington 70-61. In other games Norwood-Norfolk and Massena posted victories.
Chateaugay 70 - M-W 61: After falling behind 25-13 in the second quarter M-W cut the difference to 25-22 2:26 before the half where Jonah McDonald ignited the turning point of the game hitting six straight three-pointers as Bulldogs took a 37-24 halftime lead.
McDonald (5 rebounds) scored 28 points in the first half and was limited to 11 in the second half by a swarming M-W defense led by Cody Schweinberg. The Jackets mounted a series of comeback bids in the third quarter where they gained a 15-9 scoring edge and cut the difference to 46-39.
Freshman Walker Martin emerged to lead the Bulldogs' closing effort converting two drives to start the fourth quarter and going 8-for-11 from the foul line while scoring 15 of his 17 points in the stretch run. Jed McDonald rounded out the Bulldogs' scoring 14 points playing the catalyst role by passing out five assists and grabbing five rebounds. Carson Richards grabbed eight rebounds.
"This was great early season win against a really good well coached team in a hard place to play. Jonah (McDonald) was absolutely special tonight. That second quarter was memorable. He was 6-6 from three. Our defense was very good. Chase Thomas did a phenomenal job on a great player in Drew Harmer," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Carson Richards was big inside again and Jed McDonald was our glue tonight. Walker Martin had 15 in the fourth quarter, he really stepped up. We are proud of these guys they listened and executed the game plan well." Trent Lashua and Brennan Harmer continued their vibrant leadership for the Jackets. Lashua delivered an 18-point, 17-rebound double-double with three steals and Harmer went 7-8 at the foul line scoring 18 points with eight rebounds and seven assists. Drew Harmer tallied 12 points with four rebounds, Kyle Stoner buried two timely 3-pointers and Jacob Morgan added a trey.
"Brennan Harmer and Trent Lashua led us again and Drew Harmer had a very strong game. As a team we did a good job keeping the turnovers down. Chateaugay is a very good team and Jonah (McDonald) had a great shooting run," said M-W Coach Aaron Jones.
"We played good defense in the second half and our younger guys played better. Cody Schweinberg really worked hard on defense. These guys work very hard and we will get better."
Chateaugay edged M-W 39-38 in the JV game led by Nate Harrigan's 11 points and nine from Lucas Monnette. Caleb Froats scored a game-high 19 points for M-W and tallied 11 leading a fourth quarter rally by the Jackets.
Lisbon 67 - Saranac Lake 49: Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan was delighted with the way Saturday's nonleague home game started and ended. Aggressive man to man fullcourt defense produced a quick 7-0 Golden Knight lead and the nonleague win over the Red Storm of Section 7 ended with reserve forward Hunter Martin netting a crowd-pleasing 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
Kaiden Mussen tallied 17 points leading a Lisbon offense which also included 13 points and nine rebounds from Jack LaRock, 11 points from Karter Jordan who hit two 3s and 10 points and eight rebounds by Teagan Jordan. Alex Martin added eight points and Ethan Martin contributed four.
LaRock also set a high energy defensive tone with several steals and supplied a series of fast break assists during Golden Knight scoring bursts.
"We had four players double figures which is great to see and we defended well. we had some sloppy play on offense at times but we were able to settle down. We played a very good third quarter," said Coach Jordan who will lead his team against defending NAC West and New York State Class D Champion Harrisville in their next division game.
"We certainly can't turn the ball over against Harrisville. Jack LaRock has been doing a great job on the boards and playing very well."
Nate McCarthy turned in a strong 19-point outing for the Red Storm and Brady Yando tallied nine.
The Lisbon JVs defeated a hungry Saranac Lake team to remain unbeaten. Lisbon overcame the loss of their starting point guard Cooper Davison by asking Jayden Williams to step up and play the guard position while Collin Parmeter took a larger role in directing the offense.
Lisbon came out of the gates again with intense pressure and led at the half 32-15. SLK adjusted at halftime and beat The knights full court pressure over the top with long deep passes.
“We certainly missed Coop’s competence and composure on the offensive end. We had a few more turnovers than we wanted but that’s to be expected with a new lineup. Our boys are so aggressive and we overplay so much that we had trouble adjusting to the deep ball. We finally adjusted and regained control of the game," said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendebien.
"Team Captain Noah Martin mentioned that our success on defense starts with hard work in practice."
Storm Walker and Noah Walker scored 16 and 14 points to lead the Knights' scoring and Colin Parmeter netted six. Other scoring came from: Alex Vessel (4), Isaac LaRock (5) and Keaghan Power (2).
E-K 62 - E-K 53: Zach Denesha scored a game-high 22 points and Jay Carrow delivered an 18-point, 19-rebound double-double as the undefeated Demons overcame a spirited challenge by Edwards-Knox. H-D opened to an 17-10 first quarter lead, the Cougars controlled the second and third quarters 35-26 and H-D answered with a 19-15 finish.
Jacob Coller tallied 10 points with five assists, Art Carr and Jacob Spencer each scored five points and Aric Bogart added two.
The trio of Joey Hart (18 points), Tyler Scott (14 points) and Cameron Rowe (13 points) led the E-K efforts and Avery Whitford and Kale Harper each added four.
Massena 73 - Carthage 36: A 24-point second quarter propelled Massena into a commanding position against Carthage in a Class A intersectional matchup. Chris McGregor scored 10 of his 24 points in the second period and Zach LaBarge buried four 3-pointers scoring 12 points. Anson Herrick also scored points and Adam Peets (5 assists) and Ethan Firnstein each dropped in eight points.
Elijah Whitley and John Runey scored 11 and eight points for Carthage.
NN 61 - Potsdam 51: Luke Allen went 10-12 from the foul line scoring 23 points and Cole Perretta buried three 23-pointers leading N-N to a win over neighboring rival Potsdam. Potsdam's Noah Dominy went 7-10 from the foul line scoring 29 points for Potsdam.
"A big rebounding day from NN made the difference. Otherwise it was a fairly well contested game throughout," said Potsdam Coach Geoff Coleman.