Harrisville Denies Heuvelton, E-K Drops Lisbon, Hammond Breaks Through For NAC West Win
BY DAVE SHEA
Harrisville moved into a tie for first place in the West Division by answering a determined rally by Heuvelton in Tuesday's NAC Boys Basketball action. Trailing 17-5 after one quarter the Bulldogs gained a 33-26 margin over the second and third quarters and gained the lead in the fourth quarter before the Pirates engineered a late move for a 59-54 victory.
The 5-2 Pirates matched Hermon-DeKalb's 4-0 record for Friday's meeting on the H-D court.
While a young Heuvelton (2-3, 6-6) squad continued to emerge Edwards-Knox (2-3, 5-5) and Hammond (1-3, 1-8) gained break-through wins. E-K handed Lisbon (3-2, 8-2) its second division loss 76-70 in overtime and Hammond downed neighboring rival Morristown (0-5, 1-9) for its first divisional loss.
Harrisville 59 - Heuvelton 54: Jadon Sullivan scored 10 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter to spark the Pirates past the Bulldogs. Nate Schmitt scored 22 points with nine in the second quarter and seven in the third. Rounding of the winning offense were: Ben Taylor (3 points), Adam Szlamcynski (5 points), Nolan Parrow (2 points).
The Bulldogs used a balanced offense in staging their comeback. Braeden Free and Bryce Lake scored 13 and 11 points. Lake scored 10 points over the course of the second and third quarters. Lake scored six and Jed Crayford five in a 22-13 second quarter revival.
Crayford finished with 10 points, Nate Mashaw buried two 3s in the fourth quarter and finished with nine points and Josh Wrobel also scored nine. Gavin Barney added two points.
"We went from being in danger of getting blown out to taking the lead in the fourth quarter. The guys continue to compete hard and we have been right there in our last three games," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
"I am really pleased with the effort. Harrisville is a very tough team with a lot of very strong, physical players. Our young guys gave up a lot of size and weight but they hung in there. We are definitely coming."
Harrisville also won the junior varsity game.
E-K 75 - Lisbon 70: Tyler Scott scored seven points and Avery Whitford went 4-4 from the foul line in the overtime where E-K outscored Lisbon 11-5. Scott finished with 13 points and Whitford went 7-8 from the foul line in a 12-point effort.
The duo followed Cameron Rowe who led the winning offense with 24 points and Joey Hart who went 4-5 at the line scoring 19 points for the Cougars who went 18-22 as a team from the foul line. Karter Jordan led Lisbon with a career-high 29 points on a night when he reached 1000-career points to join the Lisbon Hardwood Club. He scored at least five points in all four quarters and buried a 3 in the overtime.
Teagan Jordan tallied 16 points, Jackson LaRock finished with six and Alex and Ethan Martin added two.
"We did not defend well tonight. It was very much a lack of defensive execution," said Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan.
The Lisbon JVs remained undefeated in the NAC West posting a 51-38 victory. Lisbon continued to play strong defense by holding their opponent below 40 points for the ninth time in ten games.
“Our defense was strong and we dug deep on the boards but we struggled shooting today. Sometimes that happens but we worked hard on the little things and it paid off down the stretch," said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendebien,
Edwards Knox was led by a very inspired performance from Dylan Wood who scored a game-high 15 points. Mason White and Jake Lottie added seven and six points for the Cougars.
“He was top notch on offense and defense” said Coach Gendebien.
Noah Martin led Lisbon's offense by committee with 11 points and was followed by Storm Walker and Jayden Williams with nine, Isaac LaRock with seven, Matt Kinney with six and Alex Vessel with five. Miles Gendebien and Coop Davison each added two.
Hammond 70 - Morristown 52: The Red Devils gained their first NAC West win by taking a 16-8 first quarter lead and methodically pulling away by outscoring the Rockets in every quarter.
Nate Jewett delivered a 33-point outing to lead the Red Devils followed by Lukas McQueer with 13 and Randy Durham with nine.
Logan Tate tallied with six points followed by Kennon Gardner with four, Brandon LaRock and Brent Raymond with two and Logan Jones with one. Aaron Woodcock and Tristan Simmons each scored 16 points to lead Morristown and Kade Marshall finished with eight. Parker Stout, Ashton Colby and Cael Woodcock each contributed four points.
Chateaugay 75 - Tupper Lake 50: Jonah McDonald tallied 29 points with six rebounds and 10 steals, Aidan Town tallied eight points Cameron Tracy delivered six points, five assists and three steals and Jed McDonald supplied five points five assists and five blocks as the Bulldogs remained undefeated in the NAC East.
Other scoring came from: Logan Secore (5), JJ Johnston (5), Silas Lewis (3), Chase Thomas (3), Ethan Rockhill (6) and Walker Martin (6).
:We were able to really get going offensively in second and third quarter. We had a lot of guys knock down shots tonight. Cameron, Aiden, and JJ had nice games off the bench. Our defensive energy was able to force them into a lot of turnovers," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Jonah had a great all around game in limited minutes. We are very happy with our team energy and effort tonight."
Eli Kulzer scored 17 points for Tupper Lake and Jacob Stradley and Grant Godin followed with nine and seven.