Chateaugay Wins Classic D Final From Harrisville
BY DAVE SHEA
POTSDAM - It takes a perfect storm set of circumstances to produce a match of an undefeated number one state ranked team against the defending state champion in a sectional championship game.
A set of currents which have building throughout the current boys basketball season culminated with 22-0 and number one ranked Chateaugay and 18-4 2019 state champion Harrisville matching up in the Section 10 Class D Championship game at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday.
As a sidebar Chateaugay senior guard Jonah McDonald was closing in on becoming the first Section 10 boys basketball player to score 2000 career points.
The hoopla lived up to the hype in a magical Maxcy Hall production to a massive crowd.
Chateaugay survived a series of knockout attempts by Harrisville and then countered with a haymaker of seven unanswered points in the last 1:29 to gain a stunning 63-58 victory,
"We wanted to get where they have gone and it was very tough. We trailed the whole game but we hung there and got it done," said Chateaugay Coach Mike Martin.
"We just couldn't stop them for most of the game because they shot so well. In the second half we shifted some things inside and rebounded bettter and at the end we went to a box and one against Jadon Sullivan. We weren't going to let Jadon beat us. He is too good of player."
With 1:29 to play the Bulldogs pulled even at 58-58 when fearless freshman Walker Martin made a leaping steal and converted a tough transition layup. With 9.3 seconds to play Jonah McDonald, who crossed into the uncharted waters of 2000 points with a 3-pointer early in the third quarter, gave Chateaugay its first lead with a pull-up 3-pointer under heavy defensive pressure. The shot climaxed an amazing 33-point with four 3's, 14 rebound, 5 assist, 4 steal performance by the all-purpose standout who converted a series of twisting moves through traffic at the goal.
After Harrisville missed a 3-point attempt and was forced to foul Martin cooly sank two free throws with 6.8 seconds to play which cemented the victory.
Led by their unflappable floor leader Jadon Sullivan, the 3-point shooting of Nolan Parrow and Will Taylor and dominant inside play Adam Szlamcynski Harrisville took an 18-13 lead first quarter lead and upped their margin to as large as 12 points before the Bulldogs maintained their steady comeback efforts which culminated in erasing a 58-53 deficit.
Silas Lewis, who played brilliantly scoring 10 points off the bench, started the final push with a 3-pointer. Walker Martin finished with 12 points, Jed McDonald tallied six and Carson Richards (5 rebounds) added two as a key defensive rebounder in the second half.
"Wow, what an amazing basketball game. That is what high school sports is all about. Two teams and two programs with ultimate respect for each other. Harrisville is a great team there is a reason they’ve been to the final Four for three years and won the state title last year. Jadon Sullivan is a great player and a class act. They knocked down shots tonight. Our guys never gave in when we were down 11 or 13. They believe in each other and never gave up. Silas Lewis really stepped up and had a big time game off the bench. Carson Richards also was huge inside," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Jonah McDonald once again showed how special he is. That shot he hit to give us our first lead was crazy. He also dominated the defensive glass. To score his 2,000th point and hit that shot is pretty cool in the same game. Walker Martin made that play stealing that ball and finished to tie it was great. We are just so proud of this group of kids. This is a game these kids will remember the rest of their lives."
Harrisville finished with a signature team-oriented offensive effort led by Sullivan who scored 14 points with 2 3s, Nolan Parrow who buried four 3s netting 14 points , Adam Szlamcynski who tallied 13 points in the first three quarters and Will Taylor who buried three 3s in a 10-point effort. Nate Schmitt added seven points and strong efforts on both sides of the ball.