H-D Boys Enjoy Strong Hoops Opener
Updated: Nov 28, 2019
DEKALB JUNCTION - Jaydion Carrow delivered a massive double-double of 30 points and 22 rebounds as Hermon-DeKalb opened its Boys Basketball season with a 81-49 NAC Interdivisional victory over Potsdam on Wednesday. Carrow, a junior center, was honored as the Pepsi Player of the Game by Star Country Radio which broadcast the season-opener for both teams.
In their debut under first year coach Dylan Klock the Demons broke away with a 32-12 run to a 43-23 halftime lead.
Complementing Carrow's inside production were sophomore Jacob Coller and senior Zach Denesha who each buried three 3-pointers scoring 11 and nine points from their guard positions. Another senior Aric Bogart tallied 10 points and Adam Lynch added nine points to the inside scoring for the Demons who travel to Parishville-Hopkinton for another nonleague game on Tuesday.
"At the start, Potsdam’s defense (1-3-1) was giving us some trouble. But once we explained how crucial is was to attack the defense through Jaydion at the high post we started to gain traction," said H-D Coach Dylan Klock
"It was a great team effort which included every person seeing game time, opportunities to shoot the ball and a chance to gain experience."
Aidan Stickles led Potsdam with 19 points and 18 rebounds and Carter Newcombe and Francesco Polenta followed with 10 and nine points.
The victory illustrated Coach Klock's aspirations that the Demons could improve on last year's 6-6 record in the NAC West. Denesha who earned second team All-NAC West honors last season, Jaydian Carrow, forward Aric Bogart and junior guard Peyton Hamilton form the Demons' veteran cast who will combine with graduates from last year's 19-0 NAC West JV champions.
"We have some good veterans and some players who are going to have a bright couple of years," said Coach Dylan Kock.
"Jaydian Carrow is an outstanding athlete in the post who did not play organized ball until last year. He is getting better all of the time."
Jacob Coller, guard Art Carr and forward Jacob Spencer are starting their varsity careers as sophomores and Adam Lynch made the move as a freshman.
Junior moving up from the JVs are juniors in Tavan Hubbard (guard), Chase VanBrocklin, Tyler Woods and Connor Carrow.
Spencer hit a 3 in a six-point effort against Potsdam and Hamilton and Connor Carrow each added three.
HERMON-DEKALB 81, POTSDAM 49
H-D - 19-24-20-18 -81 POT -13-10-14-12 -49
H-D - Coller 1-3-0-11, Denesha 0-3-0-9, Bogart 5-0-0-10, Lynch 2-0-5-9, J. Carrow 11-0-8-30, Hamilton 0-0-3-3, C. Carrow 0-1-0-3, Spencer 1-1-1-6
POT - Malit - 1-0-0-2, El-Labben 2-1-0-7, Stevenson 2-0-0-4, Polenta 4-0-1-9, Stickles 9-0-1-19, Newcombe 4-2-0-10