Devils Ride High Energy, 3-Point Shooting To Win Vs M-W
BY DAVE SHEA
OFA's lights out 3-point shooting in the first quarter stood out as a definite highlight in an 89-55 victory over Madrid-Waddington in Thursday's NAC Boys Basketball action.
OFA Coach Mark Henry felt that the 6-11 strike from beyond the arch in the opening quarter was a manifestation of the energy which carried the Devils to a 25-9 first quarter lead and a drastic change to the script of a game on Monday at M-W which was decided in the closing minutes.
Trent Sargent buried three 3s in the first quarter and five in the first half and went to score a game-high 26 points with six 3s, several assists and a series of gliding moves to the basket in the second half. Connor Graveline struck for two 3s in the first quarter and Logan Horton added one. Aiden LaFlair came through with 6/7 free throw shooting scoring 12 points and Eli Bullock tallied 11 points.
"The team really shot the ball well tonight. What I am most pleased about was the energy they brought at both ends of the court tonight. We were a completely different team than Monday," said Coach Henry.
"Trent Sargent did a great job distributing the ball tonight and shot it extremely well. Connor Graveline shot it well tonight as well. Aiden LaFlair has really worked hared at improving from the foul line in practice and went 6/7. JD King came in and hit a 3 and continues to be one of the best teammates I have coached."
Justice McIntrye and Logan Horton finished with eight and seven points and David Vernsey dropped in six. Kam Johnson and JD King rounded out the scoring with six and three points.
Kyle Stoner provided M-W with a shooting spark in the second quarter with eight points and went to deliver 18 on the night. Sage Cordwell tallied 13 with some strong moves in the lane and Jacob Morgan rendered a full-speed effort scoring 12 points. Drew Harmer and Cody Beldock each scored six points and Logan Cordova added four. Other scoring came from Kaden Kington with three, Caleb Froats with two and Connor Arquiett with one.
OFA will play two games with Lisbon next week and M-W will match up with Colton-Pierrepont.
The OFA JVs hit full stride in the second period of a 50-26 win over M-W.
Shea Polniak tallied nine of his 17 points in the second quarter where the Devils erased an 8-7 lead and and opened a 26-14 halftime lead. Alex Mitchell and Ryan Mitchell each scored seven points in the win; Will Graveline netted five, Carson Ramie and Andrew Loffler each contributed four and Alex Worden added two.
Tristen Cuthbert and Troy Peck combined for 10 and nine points leading M-W and Jack Bailey, Aaron Putman and Trevor Saucier all added two points.
"Tonight was a well-rounded scoring effort from the boys. A couple of guys stepped up and found some ways to score. Also it was nice to see them tighten up the defense a little bit. We held them to 26 which was much better than our first matchup," said OFA Coach DaKota Brady.
NORWOOD-NORFOLK SHADES ST. LAWRENCE CENTRAL
In one other game involving NAC Central teams Norwood-Norfolk continued to build momentum shading St. Lawrence Central 59-58.
Noah Dominy tallied 17 points and Owen Haas tallied 14 points for the Flyers.
Xavier Shattuck sparked SLC with 15 points and Tommy Storrin dropped in 10.