Harrisville Extends West Roll; Lisbon Wins
HARRISVILLE - Home is definitely where the heart is and Harrisville claimed another NAC West Division Boys Basketball banner for its home gym on Tuesday night with a 65-47 victory over Hermon-DeKalb in a meeting of state-ranked Class D rivals.
Harrisville (15-3) lifted its West Division record to 11-0 and earned the Pirate program a third straight division title and five in the last six years. With a win over Heuvelton at home on Friday, Harrisville can acheive a third straight undefeated league championship, five in the last six years and six straight seasons of being undefeated at home in league play.
Hermon-DeKalb (9-2, 16-3) came into the game looking to tie in the West Division race but was stymied by a Harrisville defensive effort which triggered a 20-9 second quarter pull-away from an 18-15 lead.
In other NAC West game Lisbon (6-4, 12-5) outscored Hammond (3-9, 3-15) 80-53.
HARRISVILLE CLINCHES WEST CROWN
"We played outstanding halfcourt defense tonight. Our help and rotations were excellent and we were able to get out and run and score in transition. Jadon Sullivan and Nate Schmitt set the tone for the defense and Adam Szlamcynski ran the floor well and was a real presence down low against Jay Carrow who is an outstanding player with ability to jump over everyone and grab rebounds," said Harrisville Coach Brian Coloney.
"Jadon Sullivan eventually just took over the game and Nate Schmitt was so solid like he has been all season. Jadon Sullivan has played in so many big games playing in three Final Fours and a state championship game."
Jadon Sullivan's well-versed game produced 27 points with five 3-pointers and 13 rebounds and Nate Schmitt tallied 17 points. Adam Szlamcynski netted seven points, Will Taylor buried two 3s for six points, Nate Parrow added five and Matt Allen chipped in one.
Jay Carrow worked the low blocks for 26 points leading H-D, Adam Lynch tallied 10 points continuing a strong freshman season, Zach Denesha finished with eight points and Jacob Coller hit a 3-pointer.
LISBON OUTSCORES HAMMOND
Kaiden Mussen and Tegan Jordan combined for 29 and 22 points for Lisbon which raced away from a 19-18 deficit with a 46-19 surge over the course of the second and third quarters.
Karter Jordan came through with nine points all in the third quarter and Ethan Martin tallied eight for the Golden Knights. Other scoring came from: Alex Martin (5), Jack LaRock (5) and Hayden McBath (2).
Nate Jewett buried three 3-pointers delivering a 25-point, 19-rebound double-double with four assists after being honored in a Hammond Senior Night ceremony with Luke Lundy. Logan Tate tallied 11 points with six rebounds and two assists and Lukas McQueer added six points.
"We played with two sick starters and another starter out with a concussion. That win would have given us a home seed. Tonight was Senior Night. I started the part of the bench and made constant rotations all night. Everyone played tonight, win or lose, it effected nothing in the standings. I told the boys just go have fun. That they did," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland. "Once again you can double team the Jewett kid but you can’t stop him. Twenty-five points and 19 rebounds. Insane. I don’t know how he does it."
Other Hammond scoring efforts came from: Brandon LaRock (4 points, 3 assists), Logan Jones (3), Aaron McCarty (2) and Luke Lundy (2).