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H-D, Harrisville, Bulldog Bands Advance In Class D

The top two teams in the NAC West and Section 10's two bands of Bulldogs will meet on Tuesday at Potsdam College for the Section 10 Class D1 and D2 Championships and a berth in the Overall Section 10 Class D Championship.

Top seeded Chateaugay will meet fifth seeded Heuvelton at 7:45 p.m. after 6 p.m. matchup between second seeded Harrisville and third seeded Hermon-DeKalb.

Chateaugay continued a perfect season to 21-0 as the top ranked Class D team in the state with a 66-34 win over Colton-Pierrepont in the final four games where the winner was dominant. Heuvelton reversed two regular season losses to Heuvelton in a 89-55 decision, Harrisville followed up a perfect NAC West season with an 81-49 win over Hammond and H-D won another NAC West match downing Edwards-Knox 78-21.

Tuesday's winner will play for the Class D title on Saturday at SUNY Potsdam.

Heuvelton 89 - Lisbon 55: The first three possessions of the game were signal of things to come. Braeden Free found Bryce Lake all alone for a lay-in and Free and Josh Wrobel scored off stills out of the Bulldogs' extended halfcourt trap zone defense.

Finding the open man, converting strong moves to the goal, hitting 13 three-pointers and scoring in transition off their defense produced a 19-11 first quarter lead and 22 points or more in the last three quarters.

"We have had some great practices lately and when the shots are going down it makes everyone look good," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.

"The guys are doing all the little things who have to do to win. Moving the ball, boxing out and working hard on defense."

The Devils opening run also featured a 23-pointer by Free with 1.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter and floater in the lane by Cole Rickett at the buzzer of the third quarter. Free netted three 3s scoring a game-high 21 points and Nate Mashaw and Jed Crayford both connected for four treys in 16-point efforts. Gavin Barney and Bryce Lake worked the interior for nine and eight points and Chris Ashlaw went 5-6 at the foul line scoring eight points.

Josh Wrobel scored four points, Gavin Murray netted a 3-pointer and Rickett and Matt Basford each added two.

Jack LaRock buried two 3-pointers scoring 16 points for Lisbon and Karter and Tegan Jordan followed with with 11 and nine. Alex and Ethan Martin and Kaiden Mussen all finished with six points and Hayden McBath added one.

Chateaugay 66 - C-P 34: Constant overplays in the Chateaugay defense produced a streak of steals and Bulldogs opened a 17-7 first quarter lead and stretched it to 39-11 at the half. Jonah McDonald (5 assists, 5 steals) and Walter Martin (5 assists, 5 steals) each buried four 3-pointers scoring 20 and 24 points and Aidan Tam and Silas Lewis each scored six points. Logan Secore (5 rebounds, 5 steals) and Jed Mc Donald added five and three points.

Chase Thomas contributed five rebounds to the winning effort.

Aiden Knight led

"Nice overall team win tonight in the opening round of the playoffs. We were able to get everyone a lot of playing time tonight, including the JV call ups. We didn’t shoot well early, but then we were able to knock some shots down. Our defense was solid and we were able to limit them and turn them over," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.

"Walker Martin had a very nice game in both ends. Logan Secore and Chase Thomas had a lot of energy on both ends of the court. Aiden Tamm and Carson Richards had nice games off the bench as well. Coach Pike has a nice young team. Now we turn our focus to a very good Heuvelton team that was hot tonight."

Aiden Knight scored 12 points to lead C-P followed by Billy PaPierre with six and Noah Rousell with six. Cody Francis, Timmy Farns and Harlee Besio all added three points/

"Our season didn’t end the way I wanted but tonight but it has still been a success in my eyes," said C-P Coach Nate Pike.

Hermon-DeKalb 71, Edwards-Knox 28: A 9-0 start set the tempo for the Demon's quest to make it one step closer to a Class D title. "We've been working hard on defending the ball. Harrisville offensively with Jaden Sullivan and Peyton Schmidt are extremely tough to defend and at this level winning championships begins with defense. On Tuesday, we have to defend those two elite players," said H-D Coach Dylan Klock speaking of his Demons meeting with the defending New York State Class D Champions. "Today, I really liked our start on Edwards-Knox. We scored nine quick ones and then they called time out and I really feel that they didn't recover from that. I really liked the way we worked the ball offensively and showed balance." Jacob Spencer paced the Demons scoring 10 of his 23 points in the first quarter where H-D built a 23-6 lead. He added eight more in the second where the Demons extended the lead to a commanding 40-12. "I really liked how we defended in the third quarter to close the door. But Edwards-Knox was missing Tyler Scott -- he would have helped them," Klock said. Jay Carrow tossed in eight of his 18 in the first for H-D. Zach Denesha provided two 3s in a 12 point effort while Adam Lynch (7), Peyton Hamilton (4), Jacob Coller (4), Art Carr (3) round out the winning offense. Joe Hart led E-K scoring seven points. Mason White (6), Camden Rowe (5), Kale Harper (4), Avery Whitford 2), Thomas VanBrocklin (2), and Jordan Collette (2) rounded out the scoring. Harrisville 81, Hammond 49: A 28-9 second quarter effort extended Harrisville's 16-9 first quarter lead to 44-18 at halftime. But Pirate Coach Brian Coloney knows too well how hard its to win against a team three times in one season. "It's difficult to beat a team three times in one season and Hermon-DeKalb played very well today, We have to come out strong from the start," said Coach Coloney. Jadon Sullivan provided excellent scoring for the Pirates in a 23 point effort keyed by six of seven at the charity stripe. Nate Schmidt added another 23 while Will Taylor hit two 3-pointers for 13 points and Nate Parrow added a three in a 12 point effort. Rounding out the Pirates winning performance were: Aiden Renzi (2), Adam Szlamcznyski (2), Tucker Kelley (4) and Nolan Suillivan (3). Nate Jewett tallied 18 points to lead Hammond. Randy Durham tossed in 10 followed by seven from Logan Tate, six from Brandon LaRock, four from Kennon Gardner, and two each from Lukas McQueer and Connor McRoberts.



MONDAY: Class A Championship - SUNY Potsdam (#1) Malone vs. (#2) Massena 7:45 p.m. TUESDAY Class D Semifinals - at Potsdam HS (#3) Hermon-DeKalb vs.(#2) Harrisville 6 p.m. Heuvelton (#5) vs. Chateaugay (#1) 7:45 p.m. THURSDAYClass B Championship - SUNY Potsdam (#1) OFA vs. (#2) Canton 7:45 p.m,. FRIDAY Class C Championship - SUNY Potsdam (#1) Madrid-Waddington vs. (#2) St. Lawrence 7:45 SATURDAY Class D Championship - SUNY Potsdam Semifinal Winners 2:45

H-D's Jay Carrow soars in for a layup in Saturday's D-A-Rama win over E-K. (Steve Heaton Photo)-

Heuvelton's Braeden Free drives against Lisbon's Karter Jordan (Dave Shea Photo)

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