Devils, Canton Roll Back To Class B Title Game
BY STEVE HEATON
AND DAVE SHEA
Salmon River won the opening tip of Thursday's Section 10 Class B semi-final game on OFA's Bill Merna Court.
But the rest of the quarter and eventually the game was controlled by the top-seeded Devils who raced out to a 35-14 first quarter lead, a 68-12 halftime margin and a 100-45 victory. A victory which advanced OFA (17-4) to SUNY Potsdam on Feb. 27 at 7:45 p.m. to defend its sectional title against second seeded Canton (13-8) which returned to the finals with a 65-30 win over Gouverneur.
OFA 100 - Salmon River 45: The contest was the final home appearance for OFA seniors MeSean Johnson, Jackson Jones, Connor Griffith, Harry Powers and Brogan LaRose on the same court where they began their hoop careers in Biddy Basketball. The quintet all enjoyed outstanding curtain calls where the Devils dished out 25 assists and committed only five turnovers.
Jones scored 10 points and Powers hit three 3-pointers in the quarter and Jones followed with eight in the second quarter and 10 more in the third finishing with a game high 28 points on 12-12 shooting from the floor and 4-4 from the foul line to go along with 11 boards and two assists.
Powers went on to score 14 points with with four 3s and Griffith tallied all of his nine points in the second quarter and came through with four steals and two assists.
MeSean Johnson handed out 14 assists, grabbed three boards and three steals and finished with 14 points. Brogan LaRose tallied 14 points with two 3s and controlled four rebounds and Trent Sargent tallied nine points with a pair of 3s.
JD King (3 pointer), David Vernsey (3), Kamden Johnson (1), Logan Horton (3-pointer), and Aiden LaFlair (2) rounded out the OFA scoring. Eli Bullock added two boards, two assists and a steal.
"What a way for the seniors to play their last home game. They all played great. I know we keep saying this, but another team win. Everyone contributed. We played at the pace we want we wanted to play at," said OFA Coach Mark Henry.
"MeSean distributes the ball with 14 first half assists. Jackson was perfect from the field and the line in scoring 26 points in the first two and a half quarters. Brogan came off the bench to score 14 points. Harry and Connor shot it really well, combining for six threes and they continue to do all the little things that make us better. Now we need to prepare for Canton. We have a week to get ready."
Tobias Jacobs scored 15 to lead Salmon River (6-15) which features some promising sophomores. Clayton Jones added 13 followed by eight from Cayden Sunday who buried two 3s. Other scoring came from: Quinton Carle (2), Tyler Huto (1), LaneOakes (2) and Logan LeBehn (2).
Canton (65) - Gouverneur (30): The trio of Chris Downs Jr with 14 points, Andy Downs with 11 points and Ashton Cloce with 11 points led Canton which started a return trip to the Section 10 Class B Championship game with a 22-9 first quarter run. Ten players scored for the Bears who held Gouverneur to single digit scoring in all four quarters.
Cloce and Josh Kennedy combined to score eight and seven points in a 19-7 second quarter surge. Rounding out the scoring for the Golden Bears were: Josh Kennedy (7), Tanner Cloce (2), Nate Pennyman (4), Caleb Bentley Hicks (1), Sky Kennedy (3), Noah Longshore (7) and Zach VanBrocklin (5).
Connor Wood tallied 11 points for Gouverneur (5-15), which features only two seniors, followed by Caden Storie (5), Garrett LeClair (4), Brock Cox (4), Cayden Stowell (3) and Xander Dowling (3).