Hammond, MCS Note Strides In West Losses
Both Hammond and Morristown fell short in attempts to gain their first NAC West Boys Basketball wins of the season on Monday. But both teams noted progress in their development according to their coaches.
Hammond saw a determined comeback effort denied by Edwards-Knox 64-61 and Morristown fell to unbeaten and reigning New York State Class D Champion Harrisville 72-50.
E-K 64 - Hammond 61: The Red Devils fell behind E-K 21-9 in the first quarter and staged a concerted comeback effort right to the final seconds where a try for a tying three-pointer failed to go down.
"In our earlier games this year we just haven't been playing well as a team. Tonight after the first quarter the guys turned things around with good defense against a good E-K team which stayed with Hermon-DeKalb right to the final four minutes," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"We ran the play right at the end and got a good look at three-pointer but it didn't go down. Nate Jewett had an amazing game for us with 34 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists and Tyler Scott was knocking down shots all night for E-K and they did a good job getting him the ball."
Hammond plays Harrisville on Wednesday and then joins Morristown, Parishville-Hopkinton and Hermon-DeKalb in the first Jeff Stout Memorial Tournament in Morristown on Friday.
Ten 3-pointers carried the E-K (1-2 NA) cause at Hammond where Tyler Scott buried five treys scoring 29 points, Avery Whitford netted three treys scoring 11 points and Joey Hart added two 3's scoring 14 points. Cameron Rowe and Kade Harper added four and six points.
Kennon Gardner and Brandon LaRock scored eight and seven points and Lukas McQueer scored four points with seven rebounds and four assists. Randy Durham and Logan Tate each finished with four points.
Harrisville 72 - Morristown 50: Nate Schmitt scored 14 of his 20 points in the second quarter where the Pirates used a 22-4 run to pull away from a 19-14 first quarter lead. Jadon Sullivan tallied 16 points for the Pirates and Will Taylor buried five three-pointers scoring 15 points. Adam Szlamcynski and Nolan Parrow combined for eight and six points followed by Ben Taylor with three and Cody LaPlatney with one.
Kade Marshall's 19 points, eight from Tristan Simmons and seven from Ashton Colby led a very encouraging effort by the Rockets according to Coach Wes Schofell.
"We definitely made improvements, but that second quarter killed us," said Schofell.
Parker Stout tallied six points, Masen LaPiene and Aaron Woodcock scored four points and Cael Woodcock tallied two for Morristown.
The first annual Jeff Stout Memorial Tournament will feature varsity and JV action on Friday and Saturday the schedule follows.
JEFF STOUT TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Friday: 4 p.m. - H-D JVs vs TBA, 6 p.m. - Hammond vs H-D, 7:15 p.m. - Morristown vs PH JVs, 8:45 p.m. - Morristown vs P-H.
Saturday: noon - JV consolation game, 1:30 p.m. - Varsity Consolation game, 3:15 p.m. - JV Championship Game, 4:45 p.m. - Varsity Championship game.