Hammond Boys Shaded; Wildcats Rally To Win
The fourth quarter produced opposing results for Hammond in nonleague play and Gouverneur in an NAC Central Division game in Monday's NAC Boys Basketball action.
LaFargeville of the Frontier League shaded Hammond 60-56 in a contest which featured 35 points for the winners' Wyatt Parliment and a triple double by Hammond's Nate Jewett.
In NAC Central action Gouverneur controlled the fourth quarter to pull-away to a 65-50 victory.
LaFargeville 60 - Hammond 56: A 19-12 fourth quarter margin lifted the host Red Knights (6-9) who received 35 points from Wyatt Parliment, who scored 11 in the fourth quarter, and 16 points from Jerrett Beach.
Hammond (3-13) took a 44-41 lead after three quarters on the strength a 17-12 second quarter advance. Nate Jewett continued to lead the improving Red Devils scoring 27 points on 10-18 shooting, grabbing 13 rebounds and passing out 10 assists with five steals. Lukas McQueer tallied 11 points with four rebounds and Brandon LaRock (5 rebounds, 3 steals) and Logan Tate (6 assists, 10 rebounds) each scored nine points.
Kennon Gardner added three assists to the Red Devils' effort.
"The boys played great but we didn't value our possessions late in the game. They really listened well and responded quickly," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"We are getting better in every game. Finally."
Gouverneur 65 - Potsdam 50: The host Sandstoners (0-12, 0-18) jumped out a 19-5 first quarter lead on Senior Night and led by much as 23-8 before the Wildcats (3-8, 5-11) staged a grind-it-out rally and secured the win in a 25-12 fourth quarter. Garrett LeClair, Caden Storie and Carter Simmons scored 19, 15 and nine points for the Wildcats who made 29 of 50 free throws.
"To say we didn’t play well in the first half would be an understatement. Potsdam jumped out on us 19-5 on Senior night. Our pressure got to them in the fourth quarter. We can’t play like that again if we expect to win Friday," said Gouverneur Coach John Free.
Aiden Stickles scored 16 points to lead Potsdam and Francesco Polenta followed with 11.