Defense Fuels MCS Scoring; H-D, HC Post Wins
BY DAVE SHEA
MORRISTOWN - The first six minutes of Thursday's NAC interdivisional boys basketball game between Morristown and Colton-Pierrepont did not play out the way the host Green Rockets envisioned.
The Rockets (2-10) struggled to penetrate the C-P (1-13) zone and to find the range from the outside and C-P's Aiden Knight was grabbing virtually every defensive rebound. Morristown did manage of 6-5 lead after none quarter with some excellent defense of its own anchored by the shot challenging and blocking and rebounding of forwards Cael Woodcock and Masen LaPiene.
The Rockets then invigorated their offense by extending its defense to three-quarter and fullcourt and converted a steady stream of turnovers and steals into transition scoring and produced a 41-point second half and a 59-43 victory.
In other intersectional games on the night Heuvelton downed Potsdam 66-46 Hermon-DeKalb downed Parishville-Hopkinton 63-46 and in one intersectional nonleague game Carthage outscored Canton 68-59.
Morristown 59 - C-P 43: Kade Marshall and Aaron Woodcock combined for seven and five points sparking a 21-10 third quarter run which propelled Morristown away from a 18-12 halftime lead.
"Our defense was very good tonight but we still need to refine our offense. I wish it could have been a league win tonight but it was great to get a victory," said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell.
Kade Marshall tallied 16 points to lead a balanced winning offense which a also featured 14 from Aaron Woodcock, eight points from Cael Woodcock who went 6-8 from the foul line and delivered several blocks on defense, seven points from Ashton Colby and Tristan Simmons, six from Parker Stout and one from Masen LaPiene who aggressively pursued every rebound.
Aiden Knight delivered 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Colts and grabbed 10 defensive rebounds. Timmy Farns followed with 10 and Knight and Farns scored 10 and nine points in the Colts' 21-point fourth quarter. Harlee Besio scored four points followed by Bill LaPierre and Noah Rousell with three and Chris Fisher with two.
"We didn't have our best defender who controls our offense a lot. I thought we played scared and got into foul trouble which hurt us. Five of our eight players are sophomores," said C-P Coach Nathan Pike.
The Morristown JVs posted a 62-32 win led by a 23-point effort from Ethan Graveline. Javen Joanette, Jarred Young and Kobe Brooks followed with 10, nine and seven points. Rounding out the scoring were: Walker Belisle (6), Macaulay Ritchie (5) and Jack Evans (2).
Eli Johnson scored 17 points and Cody Francis with seven points.
Heuvelton 66 - Potsdam 46: The Bulldogs (10-7) rallied from a 14-13 first quarter deficit with a 23-11 second quarter surge where Braeden Free buried three 3-pointers scoring 12 points and Nate Mashaw and netted two 3s scoring eight points.
Free also went 6-8 from the foul line in a 20-point effort and Mashaw finished with 19 points.
"The guys bounced back from a poor shooting night in the loss to Hammond which was great to see because we are still a young team. Braeden Free and Nate Mashaw knocked down five threes in the second quarter which got us going," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
"We did a lot of good things tonight."
Jed Crayford buried two threes scoring eight points for the Bulldogs and Josh Wrobel added seven. Rounding out the scoring were: Cole Rickett (5), Gavin Barney (2) and Masen Knauf (2).
Aiden Stickles buried three 3s in an outstanding 26-point effort for Potsdam (4-10) which also received 18 points from Noah Dominy. Franceso Polenta tailled two and Carter Newcome and Hamza Hmyene each added one for Potsdam.
H-D 63 - P-H 46: The Demons (13-2), who are ranked 14th in the NYS Class D Poll, honored Zach Denesha before the game for scoring 1000 career points. H-D carried that emotion into a 22-10 first quarter run where Jay Carrow and Jacob Spencer each scored six points and Adan Lynch delivered five.
Carrow went to scored 20 points, Spencer and Lynch netted nine and Jacob Coller buried three 3s scoring 11 points. Denesha added five points, Art Carr tallied four, Aric Bogart and Tavon Carrow each added two and Travis Hubbard chipped in one.
"Hermon-DeKalb is tough and it was great to see Zach Denesha be honored for scoring 1000 points" said P-H (3-10) Coach Stephen LaRose.
"We have moments of brillance and our defense is great in strides. Just need to put it all together," said Coach LaRose who received a stellar 19-point effort from Burt Chevrier who made four of six free throws. Tanner Rosenbarker and Peyton Snell each hit two 3s scoring 10 and eight points and Lucas Snell added a three. Jacob Fisher scored four points and Pat Carringi added two.
Carthage 68, Canton 58: Elijah Whitfield went 8-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to complete a 30 point effort, which included 5 3-pointers, and Zion Tevaga went 11-13 from the line in a 24-point outing for the Comets (5-7) who prevailed on the strength of a 19-11 second quarter advantage. Ashton Cloce buried four 3s scoring 25 points for Canton (9-5) and Chris Downs dropped in two 3s scoring 11 points. Noah Longshore netted 10 followed by Josh Kennedy (3), Caleb Bentley Hicks (2) and Sam Fadden (2)