Cluth Shooting Powers Lowville Past OFA
LOWVILLE - High octane basketball matchups almost always come down to making shots.
Lowville (7-1), which lost to Glens Falls in the final seconds of last season's state championship game, hosted Ogdensburg Free Academy (5-3) on Saturday in match of the number two and number 18 teams in the latest New York State Class B Boys Basketball rankings.
The Red Raiders of the Frontier League prevailed 69-55 and clutch shooting played a major impact as they outscored OFA 12-5 from 3-point range and went 11-12 at the foul line. The Raidders took a 24-15 first quarter lead sparked by two 3s and a 10-point quarter by Gavin McCaulay and upped their lead to 38-25 at the half.
OFA initiated a comeback with a 16-11 third quarter edge where Jackson Jones and Trent Sargent combined for seven and 13 points. The Devils' hopes to carry their promising rally to fruition were stalled in the fourth quarter where Gavin Zehr, who had not scored in the game, buried three 3-pointers and Brody Brown hit his third trey of the game.
Lowville sealed the victory with a 20-14 advantage in the quarter.
"It was a very nice atmosphere. Lowville is a very good team who executed when they needed to. We did some good things, showed some resiliency to claw back from a large deficit," said OFA Coach Mark Henry who will lead his team back into NAC Central League play with a 5-0 record in a home game against Gouverneur on Tuesday.
"We still have a lot of work to do get where we want to be and that starts Monday at practice."
Gavin McCaulay and his twin brother Aiden combined for 19 and 14 points and Brody Brown and Zehr followed with 11 and nine points as Lowville overcame a senior season signature performance by OFA center Jackson Jones who finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Harry Powers buried three 3s scoring nine points and passed out four assists and MeSean Johnson produced eight points, six rebounds and six assists. Trent Sargent tallied seven points with three rebounds, Tristan Lovely added five points and two assists and David Vernsey chipped in two assists.
NOTE: OFA will host Lowville on Saturday, Jan. 25...OFA will also host Canton on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Freddie Badlam Memorial Basketball Celebration Day. The day will also include a Class A matchup between Massena and Indian River at 4 p.m. and a Lisbon vs Old Forge game at 2:30 p.m. The day will open with a girls game between OFA and Lisbon at 1 p.m. Junior varsity games will be held throughout the day in the school's small gym.