H-D Downs Bulldogs; Pirates Deny Lisbon
BY DAVE SHEA
Hermon-DeKalb and Harrisville went into the grind-it-out mode to win early season meetings of NAC West Boys Basketball unbeatens at home on Thursday.
H-D (4-0) pulled away Heuvelton (2-1) in the final four minutes for a 58-48 win and number one ranked and defending New York State Class D Champion Harrisville (2-0) handed ninth ranked Lisbon (2-1) its first division loss in a 49-42 decision.
H-D will play Hammond tonight at Morristown's Jeff Stout Memorial Tournament which concludes on Saturday and also includes the host Green Rockets and Parishville-Hopkinton. Lisbon plays Alexandia Bay in the SUNY Canton Basketball Showcase on Saturday.
Hermon-DeKalb 58 - Heuvelton 48: The visiting Bulldogs took a 10-7 first quarter lead and matched the Demons' tenacious fullcourt press with a solid zone defense and strong defensive rebounding by Josh Wrobel and Bryce Lake matching up with H-D center Jay Carrow.
The Demons used a spark by Adam Lynch, who scored eight points off the bench in the second and third quarters, to open a series of five to seven point leads but each time the Bulldogs answered starting with back 3-pointers by Jed Crayford in the second period to cut a 22-15 deficit to 22-21.
H-D finally broke away in the final four minutes of an 18-11 advantage in the fourth quarter triggered by Jacob Spencer who scored nine of his 12 points and Jay Carrow who completed a 17-point outing with a putback and a layup off a steal.
"We knew this was going to be a tough game. Heuvelton is a good team which can play like Edwards-Knox which spread us out the then drove the ball down our throats," said H-D Coach Dylan Klock.
"I guess the big thing that we did tonight was to just keep grinding with our press."
Along with Carrow, Lynch and Spencer, the Demons also received timely scoring from Art Carr who scored nine points, Jacob Coller with eight and Zach Denesha with four.
"They played well and we played very hard but we missed a lot of bunnies inside. At 5-9
Josh Wrobel played really well with 15 rebounds and Bryce Lake also played very tough inside," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
Lake led the Bulldogs with 13 points and had five assists with some pretty setups in the HCS press-breaker. Jed Crayford finished with 12 points, Evan Felt tallied seven with five in the fourth quarter and Braeden Free and Nate Mashaw added four and two.
Heuvelton will be home on Monday for an interdivisional game against Canton.
In the preliminary game the Heuvelton JVs stayed unbeaten in the NAC West with a 52-44 victory led by 18 points from Chris Ashlaw, 11 from Tristan Young and nine from Jake Venette. Andrew Matthews scored 17 points for H-D.
Harrisville 49 - Lisbon 42: The Golden Knights took a 22-15 first half lead on the Pirates who swung the momentum with a 22-9 third quarter burst. Jadon Sullivan scored a game-high 23 points leading the Pirates and became the fifth Pirate player in the last four years to reach the 1000-point Club.
He joined Ryan and Nate Weaver, Peyton Schmitt and Trenton Sullivan to reach the elite milestone in the past four years.
"Jadon hit some big shots for us in the second half. This was a really tough game. Lisbon is an athletic team and they packed their zone and we just couldn't hit the 3-point shots that we have been hitting this season. They went 11 for 14 at the line and we only hit 9 of 17" said Harrisville Coach Brian Coloney.
"We also had to get out of our man-to-man defense for the first time in a while and go to a 3-2 zone. We also got in foul trouble but we were able to pull it out. We attacked the rim better in the second half but Lisbon had to come away feeling pretty good about themselves."
Ben Taylor scored eight points for the Pirates, Nolan Parrow and Will Taylor each scored six, Adam Szlamsynski added four and Nate Schmitt contributed two.
Jack LaRock buried three 3-points leading Lisbon with 14 points and Kaden Mussen connected on three 3 scoring 13. Teagan Jordan scored eight points, Alex Martin netted two threes for six and Ethan Martin added five. Rounding out the scoring were: Karter Jordan (4) and Jayden Carr (2). Lisbon JVs 58 - Harrisville 34: Lisbon came out aggressively with a full court man defense and jumped out to a 29-12 half time lead and went on to stay unbeaten in the NAC West. Lisbon was led by Jayden Williams with 16 points and Noah Martin with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Storm Walker (4 points) finished with 9 rebounds in a strong effort around the glass. Other Lisbon scoring came from: Colin Parmeter (9), Alex Vessel (4), Mathew Kinney (6), Issac LaRock (2), Keghan Powers (2).
“We played great defense again in the third quarter and held a young talented pirate team to just four points,” said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendenbien.
Harrisville was led by Nolan Sullivan with 14 points with 10 in a strong fourth quarter.
Harrisville got good bench scoring from Seth Taylor and Ryan Shuler in the fourth quarter as well.
CHATEAUGAY, N-N, TL WIN
Chateaugay 69 - B-M 57: Jonah McDonald tallied 35 points with five rebounds and five steals as the Bulldogs stayed undefeated in the NAC East. B-M jumped out to a 15-4 lead but Chateaugay battled back in the first quarter and went on to the win with Jed McDonald scoring 15 points with five rebounds, Walker Martin delivering six points, five assists and five steals and Silas Lewis (3 points) passing out five assists. Rounding out the Chateaugay scoring were: Chase Thomas (5), Logan Secore (2) and Carson Richards (3).
"Brushton came out on fire tonight. They jumped out 15-4 and we were able to battle back in the first quarter. It was a great game, both teams played really hard. Jed McDonald had another great all around game and really carried us in the third quarter," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Jonah McDonald hit some big time shots in the fourth. We are proud of our effort. Brushton is a very athletic talented team. Very good win for this groups of kids."
Logan Bassett, Justin Kennedy and Eli Russell scored 18, 13 and 10 points to lead B-M and Wayne Palmer netted eight. Parker Bassett tallied six points and Ajay Martin added two.
N-N 81 - P-H 41: The Panthers buried four 3-pointers in a 17-point first quarter but N-N used its fullcourt press to control much of the game. Cole Perretta and Luke Allen combined for 26 and 14 points for the Flyers and Peyton Snell countered with 16 points for P-H which also received seven points from Tanner Rosenbarker.
"Tough game. Played them tough and we were finally hitting our jumpers. Foul trouble and their full court pressure hurt us. We have a lot of work to do, but these boys are playing very well. They give me 110 per cent. It will come together," said P-H Coach Stephen LaRose.
Tupper Lake 60 - C-P 44: A 20-9 third quarter carried Tupper Lake past C-P. Grant Godin and Jacob Stradley both scored 20 points for the Lumberjacks and Skyer Pickering dropped in 11. Other scoring came from: Noah Varden 2, Eli Kulzer 7.
Timmy Farns scored 17 points for the Colts followed by Michael Schwartfigure with eight and Aiden Knight with nine. Teddy Farns and Noah Russell contributed seven and three points.