Great Team Effort Brings M-W Dinneen Tourney Title
BY DAVE SHEA
MADRID - Brennan Harmer is Madrid-Waddington Central's all-time leading scorer for boys basketball but he only took one shot in the first quarter of the championship game of M-W's John Dinneen Memorial Tournament on Wednesday evening.
But dished out six assists as M-W bolted out to a 26-14 first quarter lead where guard Kyle Stoner buried two 3-pointers scoring nine of his 18 points and Trent Lashua scored 10 points and went on to produce a 18-point, 16-rebound double with three blocks. Harmer posted a 17-point, 13-assist double-double and added six rebounds for the Jackets who secured the title in a 68-49 victory.
Drew Harmer, Colby Beldock and Sage Cordwell (4-5 shooting, 4 rebounds) all scored eight points and Cody Schweinberg added one for the Jackets who used excellent team defense to cut down the driving lanes of Heuvelton's Braeden Free who scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half with a series of athletic finishes with either hand and stepped back to net two 3-pointers.
"This was an outstanding team win. Brennan Harmer had an outstanding game directing the offense with 13 assists. He got everyone involved," said M-W Coach Aaron Jones who will have his team back at "The Hive" next Thursday to host Brushton-Moira in a key NAC East opener..
"Kyle Beldock had a great game and Colby Beldock is shooting with great confidence playing in just two varsity games. Our bench played very well. Sage Beldock played excellent defense and rebounded well."
Nate Mashaw tallied eight points with four assists for Heuvelton and Cole Rickett finished with seven points. Evan Felt added four points with four assists and Bryce Lake scored five points with four rebounds. Hayden Knauf (3 points) and Josh Wrobel (2 points) also grabbed four rebounds.
"They came out stronger than we did and we had too many lulls in the game when we were standing around on offense," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister who will lead his team into the St. Regis Falls Tournament on Friday and Saturday looking for a second straight championship.
"We are a young team and we have to learn from this."
Rounding out Heuvelton's nine man scoring parade were: Matt Basford (2), Jed Crayford (3) and Gavin Barney (2).
COUGARS WIN CONSOLATION GAME
Joey Hart and Tyler Scott combined for 23 and 18 points to lead Edwards-Knox to a 58-43 victory in the consolation game. Hart scored eight points in the first quarter to jump-start the E-K offense and Scott scored 13 points in the second half.
"Joey Hart has a phenomenal sense of getting to the rim to score. He shot 6/7 on free throws and the CP defenders struggled to stop him. The entire EK offense ran through him. CP hung around for two and a half quarters but EK eventually pulled away with their full court pressure," said C-P Coach Nathan Pike.
Rounding out the winning offense were: Avery Whitford 8, Kale Harper 5, Jordan Collett 2 and
Cam Rowe 2.
Matt Duvall and Harlee Besio scored 15 and 10 points to lead C-P followed by: Teddy Farns 5
Michael Schwartfigure 5, Noah Rousell 5, Billy LaPierre 3
HEUVELTON WINS JV TITLE
In the Junior Varsity Championship game Heuvelton prevailed over Madrtid-Waqddington 43-40. Chris Ashlaw scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter leading the Bulldogs to a 39-26 lead which withstood a furious fourth quarter rally by the Yellow Jackets.
Connor Phillips and Lucas Thornhill tallied six and five points for HCS and Caleb Froats paced M-W with 15 points followed by seven from Tanner Smith and six from Cole Odendahl.