Defense Triggers Heuvelton Comeback Win Over Lisbon
BY DAVE SHEA
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all aspects of sports.
But the virus has done nothing to diminish the intensity of the Heuvelton vs Lisbon rivalry which took center stage at the Bulldogs' court in Monday's NAC's Boys Basketball action.
The play was fast and physical throughout and saw Lisbon ride the high-degree-of-difficulty shot-making of Kaiden Mussen, Ethan Martin and Teagan Jordan for a 21-11 third quarter run where Mussen and Martin both buried 3-pointers while combining for nine and eight points. Martin converted a tough shot in the lane late in the quarter to give the Knights a 53-45 lead.
Josh Wrobel answered with an inside conversion for the Bulldogs for what proved to be a prelude for a 21-7 Heuvelton fourth quarter run to a 74-60 win and a 5-0 record heading into a rematch at 3-2 Lisbon on Thursday.
Coach Josh McAllister's HCS players came from behind by keeping Lisbon attackers in front of the them and forcing the Knights to take contested jumpers throughout the final stanza.
"I have been talking to guys about composure and in the fourth quarter we settled down and played good man-to-man halfcourt defense. Lisbon has three players who are long and very difficult to guard and we needed Jed Crayford to step up and he did," said Coach McAllister.
"We did a good job getting the momentum and had a very good fourth quarter."
The momentum shifted in a hurry and the Bulldogs took a 60-54 lead as Tristan Lovely made a diving steal near midcourt, shoveled the ball to Nate Mashaw who coverted fastbreak layup and added two free throws after a Lisbon defender was called for slapping the backboard.
Teagan Jordan scored inside to cut the difference to 60-57 and the Bulldogs answered with a 10-3 run where Braeden Free scored seven points and assisted on a 3-pointer by Nate Mashaw which capped an 11-point fourth quarter by the sophomore who went 6-6 from the foul line down the stretch.
Free buried three 3s scoring a game-high 25 points, Mashaw finished with 20 points and Lovely finished with 11. Jed Crayford delivered seven of his 12 points with a 3 in the fourth quarter surge.
Lisbon's offense was carried Mussen with 22 points, Martin with 20 and Jordan who converted several times in heavy traffic scoring 16 points. Greg Wood rounded out the scoring with two points.
"We played very hard tonight had some great moments. Heuvelton played great defense in the fourth quarter and that was a time where we really missed Jackson LaRock to run the offense," said Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan.
"But it was a good Lisbon versus Heuvelton game."
Heuvelton will complete its season next week with two games against Gouverneur and Lisbon will match up with OFA.
In another game involving NAC West teams Hermon-DeKalb downed Hammond 69-37, Edwards-Knox dropped Colton-Pierrepont 49-39 and Harrisville checked Indian River 47-39 in a Lewis County - Jefferson County crossover game.
The Heuvelton JVs won a match of unbeaten teams 45-25 erasing a 12-11 deficit and holding Lisbon scoreless in the third quarter.
Jake Vennette and Rhy Brossoit combined for 13 and 10 points for the Bulldogs and Tristan Young scored eight. Lucas Thornhill netted seven with other scoring coming from: Brandy Pray with a 3-pointer and Joe Wrobel and Israel Paradis with two points apiece.
Issac LaRock with nine and Keagan Power and Connor Bell with six apiece led the Lisbon offense. Matt Kinney and Connor Flack each added three points.
"Heuvelton came out with a tough press but we did a nice job to come out with a 12-11 lead. I thought we had gained momentum and forced them out of their press but we lost Issac LaRock to foul trouble and that hurt. Heuvelton gained a lot of momentum going into halftime and we couldn't get a good run for the rest of the evening," said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendebien.
"I thought Jake Vennette was great tonight. He played extremely well on defense and led their offense with composure. We had good intensity from Matt Kinney and Issac LaRock tonight. I thought we played well enough to win but we made too many mistakes and failed to pick up loose balls like we ussually do. We are looking forward to watching the tape and making adjustments accordingly. We got a great effort from Lucas Gravlin who stepped into the starting role when Connor Flack injured his ankle."
GREEN DEMONS RIDE FAST START, FINISH
Jacob Coller buried two 3-pointers in the first quarter sparking H-D to a 19-8 lead and Andrew Matthews netted two 3s in the fourth quarter where the Green Demons closed on a 21-6 run after Hammond staged a 12-6 rally in the third. Jacob Spencer also delivered two 3s scoring a game-high 18 points and Jay Carrow dropped in 16.
Rounding out a balanced winning offense were Art Carr with eight points, Coller and Matthews with six points and two from Connor Carrow.
Logan Tate tallied 12 points leading Hammond and Lukas McQueer and Brandon LaRock each netted eight. Logan Jones tallied six points and Tanner Rosenbarker and Kennon Gardner added two and one.
"We didn't play too bad. Reeled them back in the third and I thought we might make a game of it but we couldn't hang on. Brandon LaRock really shined today," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
DEFENSE PROPELS HARRISVILLE PAST INDIAN RIVER
The Pirates jumped out to a 15-0 first quarter lead with stellar defense and Nate Schmitt and Will Taylor combined for 18 and 17 points sparking the offense and Ben Taylor netted eight points. Tanner Sullivan and Zach Palmer chipped in three points and one point.
"We played good help defense and the 15-0 first quarter helped. Will Taylor has had two very good games back to back," said Harrisville Coach Brian Coloney.
Ethan Boland and Steve Dohey combined for 14 and 11 points to pace Indian River.
EDWARDS-KNOX REGROUPS BEHIND DEFENSE, SCOTT'S 6 3S
E-K regrouped after falling behind 14-4 in the first quarter and controlled the game with solid team defense and six 3-pointers in a 28-point effort by Tyler Scott. Kale Harper and Dylan Wood combined for eight and six points, Ethan Walker tallied three and Andrew Franklin and Jared Lottie each added two.
Harlee Besio led C-P with a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double and Noah Rousell scored a team-high 12 points. Theo Hughes scored eight points, Michael Schwartzfigure added five and Cody Francis and Chris St. Andrews each chipped in two points.