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Devils' Defense Key Win Vs Raiders; Girls Fall In OT

Updated: Mar 8

BY DAVE SHEA

Saturday's OFA vs Massena Boys and Girls Basketball action saw the Devil Boys ride quick scoring bursts off their defense in a 66-32 victory and the Raiders Girls control overtime to deny a concerted Devil comeback, 53-47.

DEFENSE, SARGENT'S 6 3S SPARK BOYS WIN

OFA noted 2-0 start to the Northern Conference Boys Basketball season with a 66-32 win over Massena its home opener. They took control with a 15-4 first quarter start filled with transition finishes and then completely sealed issue with a quick burst to a 41-17 lead late in the third quarter.

Both surges were keyed by swarming fullcourt and halfcourt man-to-man defense and the long range shooting artistry of Trent Sargent who buried six three-pointers scoring 26 points.

The third quarter microburst saw the Devils force two shot clock violations, Connor Graveline and Eli Bullock come up with steals and Sargent connect on a three.

"Another nice defensive effort. We are doing a nice job defending fullcourt and not fouling. I thought we could have been stronger with the ball and have better shot selection at times. Trent Sargent shot the ball very well today," said OFA Coach Mark Henry who will have his team at home on Monday to face Gouverneur.

"Justice McIntyre did a nice at the line and Kam Johnson gave a real nice spark off the bench."

Sargent tallied four of his six 3s in the first half and also provided seven rebounds and four assists and Bullock passed our four assists while scoring eight points. Justice McIntyre (5/6 foul shooting, 4 rebounds) and Kam Johnson (4 rebounds) each scored seven points and Aiden LaFlair (5 rebounds) and Dave Vernsey (5 rebounds) finished with six.

Logan Horton (3 assists, 3 steals) buried a 3-pointer in the quick start and JD King buried one of two attempts from beyond the arc.

Center Ethan Firnstein was the focal point of the Massena offense with a hard-working 18 points and blocked four shots. Luke Greco followed with nine points. Luke VonBorstel and Owen Flynn added four points and one point.

JVs Gain Reversal: The OFA JVs earned a split of two very competitive games with Massena taking a 37-35 win in a roller coaster game flow. The Devils scored the first six points of the second half but needed to come from behind in the fourth quarter to reverse a 40-35 loss at Massena.

Carson Ramie supplied pivotal plays at both ends of the court at crunch time hitting a 3-pointer and then coming up with a steal and fast break assist to Alex Mitchell to give Coach Dakota Brady's team a 36-34 lead. Shea Polniak added a free throw with 12.1 seconds to play and finished with a team high 12 points. Alex Mitchell scored nine, Andrew Loffler and Ramie each tallied five, William Graveline netted three and Alex Worden added one.

Jake Finstein and Colin Patterson led Massena with 13 and nine points.

On Thursday Massena gained a 40-35 win at home with Jake Firnstein netting 20 points and Colin Patterson came through with 14. Shea Polniak scored a game-high 22 points for OFA followed by Alex Mitchell with eight, Ryan Mitchell and Andrew Loffler with two and Madden West with one.

"Great team effort from the boys to beat a good Massena team. Carson Ramie had some key buckets on offense as well as Shea Polniak. The team is getting back into the swing of things nicely after a long break from basketball and its great to see six different guys finding ways to score," said Coach DaKota Brady.

All and all they bring energy to every practice and they will continue to get better as they move forward."

LADY DEVILS COMEBACK STALLED IN OT

Regulation was a tale of two halves as the OFA Girls rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to earn an overtime reprieve at Massena but the extra session belonged to the Red Raiders who secured a 53-47 victory. A concerted effort allowed OFA to erase a 12-point halftime deficit and Emily Farrand sent the game into overtime with a putback.

"Massena was very tough inside and we did not rebound well in the first half. But we turned it around in the second half and did a good job with our press and we had a chance to win. A coach couldn't ask for more than that," said OFA Coach Doug Loffler.

"I think our younger players learned a lot in this game."

Torie Jacobs and Layla Birnham combined for 15 and 14 points to lead Massena and Shaylena Mandigo and Joey Abrantes each buried two 3-pointers to finish with eight and seven points. Aryssa Hopps and Faith Halladay added four three points.

Emily Farrand converted eight of 11 free throws leading OFA with a game-high 25 points and Riley Hough went 4-4 from the line scoring 12 points. Abby Raven scored eight points and Brinley Frederick added four.

MALONE GIRLS DOWN SALMON RIVER

Madison Ansari netted four 3s scoring a game-high 25 points for the Huskies who 2-0 against their Franklin County rivals. Mackenzie Lane tallied 13 points and Kyahanna Thompson paced the Shamrocks with 11.


OFA's Eli Bullock (right) and Trent Sargent pressure Massena's Luke Greco on Saturday. Dave Shea Photo







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