H-D, P-H To Play For Jeff Stout Tourney Title
BY STEVE HEATON
MORRISTOWN - Hermon-DeKalb and Parishville-Hopkinton emerged on Friday evening with first round victories in the first annual Jeff Stout Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament at Morristown Central School.
Stout, a MCS graduate in 1990, was a three-sport standout and was part of several championship teams including a New York State Final Four Basketball team in 1990.
His former Coach Mark Blanchard thanked the administration and the booster club for honoring Stout who he called "a vocal leader in all three all three varsity sports offered at Morristown and a person who dealt with adversity as a young kid fighting juvenile diabetes and later in life dealing with paralysis from a car accident."
Blanchard said Stout was always a player you wanted to be on your team and never playing against.
One of the best athletes produced by Morristown in Chris Schroh sent Blanchard a brief statement and said "Jeff was always competitive - even in checkers as a young kid." Schroh and Blanchard and his teammates wouldn't expected less.
Hermon-DeKalb survived Hammond 65-55 in the second meeting of the season between the NAC West rivals and will face Parishville-Hopkinton at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. The Panthers earned a 50-45 win over Morristown.
Morristown will face Hammond in the consolation game at 2 p.m.
Morristown won a JV contest over Parishville-Hopkinton and will play Hermon-DeKalb at noon for the title. Heuvelton plays P-H at 4 p.m. in another JV game.
Hermon-DeKalb 65, Hammond 55: Three Demons provided double figures in scoring in the win as Zach Denesha and Jay Carrow each scored 17 points and Adam Lynch hit three timely threes in a 15 point performance. Carrow scored 10 points in the fourth quarter when H-D denied Hammond's hope to pick up from a strong finish to the third quarter.
"We didn't have the legs tonight after a big game yesterday against Heuvelton. We were fortunate to come out with a win. We just played too lack" said H-D Coach Dylan Klock whose team led from the start and weathered Hammond scoring the final five points of the third to hold a 50-42 lead.
Jacob Spencer hit a pair of three's and added nine points. Jacob Coller (four) and Peyton Hamilton (three) rounded out the scoresheet.
Lukas McQueer tossed in a game high 22 points for Hammond including three three-pointers. Randy Dunham chipped in 16 while Kennon Gardner tallied 13. Brandon LaRock and Logan Tate each scored two points.
"Despite the loss, I was happy with most of our effort tonight. We lost by 20 in last meeting and tonight Nate Jewett didn't play after complications from oral surgery. He helps us a lot in several areas. But we also missed some chippies and didn't defend well at times," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
Parishville-Hopkinton 50, Morristown 45: The Panthers scored the last five points in the third quarter to take a 35-34 lead and Lawson Snell delivered a three pointer early in the fourth quarter for a 45-41 advantage lead.
Burton Chevier IV scored six of his 13 points in the third quarter and Tanner Rosenbarker hit two fourth quarter threes in a 11 point effort to lead the Panthers' second win of the season. Hunter Snell finished with 11 also including six in third. Logan Snell finished with nine and Patrick Caringi and Jacob Fisher each a free throw.
"We got going in the third quarter and just kind of played well from that point. The team is really working hard to learn our offense an execute," said P-H coach Stephen LaRose.
Aaron Woodcock scored 12 points to lead Morristown. Tristin Simmons added eight followed by seven from Parker Stout, five from Kade Marshall and Cael Woodcock, three from Ashton Colby, two from Wyatt Sullivan and Austin Colby, and a free throw from Masen LaPiene.
"Our third quarter killed us. We had open looks but just didn't convert many down the stretch," said MCS Coach Wes Schofell.
Morristown JV 70, Parishville-Hopkinton JV 32: Ethan Graveline scored 25 points and Javen Joanette pumped in 20 to lead Morristown into the championship game. Jack Evans generated 10 with Walker Belile scoring eight and Jared Young adding two.
Snell and Perry each scored 13 for P-H.
JEFF STOUT MEMORIAL TROURNAMENT
Saturday: noon- JV Championship Game Hermon-Dekalb vs Morristown. 2:00 p.m. - Varsity Consolation Game Hammond vs Morristown. 4 p.m. - JV nonleague game Heuvelton vs P-H.
5:45 p.m. - Varsity Championship Game H-D vs P-H.