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H-D Denies Lisbon; Pirates Top Dogs For 14-0

LISBON - Hermon-DeKalb downed Lisbon 57-51 on Thursday in an NAC West Boys Basketball contest featuring several individual matchups which will be continued next season.

The Demons finished divisional play at 10-2 for second place behind Harrisville which notched a third straight unbeaten division title and fifth in the last six years with a 70-48 win over Heuvelton.

Lisbon stands third in the division at 6-5 heading into a regular season-ending 12:30 p.m. start at Edwards-Knox on Saturday. E-K gained a 70-65 nonleague win over Tupper Lake on Thursday where Morristown dropped a 56-43 nonleague decision to Belleville-Henderson.

In divisional contests Colton-Pierrepont dropped St. Regis Falls 65-43 in the NAC East and in the Central action Canton downed Potsdam 62-47 and St. Lawrence Central won a defensive duel over Salmon River 37-32.

H-D 57 - Lisbon 51: The Demons (17-3) continued to show exceptional end-game finishing ability for a young team. They erased a 34-26 halftime lead with a 16-2 third quarter run and then matched the Knights' comeback efforts in a 15-15 fourth quarter.

"We played an exceptional first half and the defense was good throughout. We went bone dry in the third quarter and couldn’t buy a basket. We bounced back in the fourth but just ran out of time," said Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan.

"Jackson LaRock played great defense all night on Zach Denesha and was strong offensively. We won the boards in the first half half but not in the third and fourth. No extra shots for us was the difference."

The Demons prevailed with a prototype balanced offense where all five starters scored in double figures. Adam Lynch led the with 15 points, Jay Carrow and Jacob Coller followed with 11, Zach Denesha scored 10 second half points and Jacob Spencer also scored 10.

Denesha scored five points in the second quarter and went 3-4 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Lynch scored in every quarter, Spencer went 4-4 in the foul line and Coller scored five points in the fourth quarter.

LaRock scored nine of his game-high 16 points in 12-7 Lisbon's 18-10 second quarter surge and Kaiden Mussen scored eight points in the the first quarter and sixth in the third scoring 14 points. Ethan Martin and Karter Jordan netted eight and seven points, Alex Martin scored four and Tegan Jordan added three.

Harrisville 70 - Heuvelton 48: The Pirates (12-0, 16-3) used a fast start in each half as anchor to a victory. They jumped out to a 22-8 first quarter lead and reeled off an 18-10 advantage in the third quarter.

"We have a different type team this year. The guys play very good halfcourt offense and we did a good job tonight led by Nate Schmitt and Adam Szlamcynski. Nate had a good floor game on both ends of the court and Adam had another good game down low," said Harrisville Coach Brian Coloney.

"Heuvelton has a good young team and I think the difference tonight was our experience."

Jadon Sullivan led the winning offense with 24 points in the first three quarters and Szlamcynski and Schmitt followed with 15 and 10. Rounding out the scoring were: Will Taylor (7), Nolan Parrow (6), Ben Taytlor (5), Cayden LaPlatney (2) and Aiden Benzil (1).

Braeden Free buried three 3-pointers scoring 11 points, Nate Mashaw netted 10 with two 3s, Bryce Lake scored nine and Gavin Barney and Josh Wroble finished with eight and seven. Rounding out the scoring were: Jed Crayford with one and Cole Rickett with two.

B-H 56 - Morristown 43: The Black Knights took a 27-13 halftime lead and matched some determined comeback efforts by the 3-17 Rockets in the second half. Kyle Moryer scored a game-high 25 points for the Knights and Kade Marshall and Aaron Woodcock answered with 16 and 12 points for Morristown.

Cale Woodcock netted nine and rounding out the MCS scoring were: Ashlton Colby (2) and Parker Stout (4). Jerry McGrath scored seven points for B-H and Braden Fargo and Ryan Green each tallied six.

E-K 73 - Tupper Lake 59: The Cougars (8-10) overcame a 30-point performance by Tupper Lake (6-14) center Eli Kulzer with a very consistent offensive effort. Joey Hart and Avery Whitford led the Cougars with 17 points and Tyler Scott tallied 15. Rounding out the winning total were: Cameron Rowe (7), Kale Harper (6), Masen White (4), Thorn VanBrocklin (5) and John Collette (2). Aiden Pickering scored 11 for TL and Nick Godin added seven.

SLC 37 - Salmon River 32: Steve Horner scored 14 points with nine rebounds and Cash Feeley came through with seven points, 15 rebounds and three assists for the Larries (7-7, 10-10) in a grind-it-out duel with the Shamrocks (2-12, 6-14). Ansen Weegar scored seven points with six steals followed by Ethan LaRock with five points and Hayden Perkins and Caden Taylor with two points apiece.

Clayton Jones and Logan Lebehan tallied nine and eight points for Salmon River and Tyler Huto finished with seven.

C-P 65 - St. Regis Falls 43: Timmy Farns buried six 3-pointers scoring 24 points for the Colts (3-10, 3-16) who also received an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double by Harlee Besio and 12 points from Aiden Knight. Noah Rousell scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds, Michael Schwartsfigure talled eight points and Teddy Farms and Billy LaPierre added four and two points. Colby Cox led St. Regis Falls (2-11, 2-15) followed by Dawson White (5), Cody Reuss (9), Derek Prevost (8) and Trevor Austin (2).

Lisbon's Jackson LaRock drives against Jacob Coller of H-D. (Cassie LaRock Photo)