Harrisville Holds Off H-D To Defend Home Win Streak
HARRISVILLE - In the COVID-19 compromised NAC Basketball Boys season there will be no division play.
But that didn't diminish Harrisville's passion to defend its home winning streak against West Division teams as it hosted Hermon-DeKalb on Wednesday night. Harrisville has not lost to an NAC West opponent at home since 2014 and in that period its only home losses came to OFA in overtime and Watertown IHC by one point.
A resilient H-D squad whittled a 10-point deficit to three on Wednesday before the Pirates secured a 52-49 win.
"The guys really didn't want to lose that home streak against the West teams but we missed seven free throws and Hermon-DeKalb came back. They hurt us with their press. They have a good team and it is too bad that there were no spectators because it would have been a packed house tonight," said Harrisville Coach Bryan Coloney after his team bounced back from a 67-57 Lewis County loss to Beaver River on Monday in a game when the Pirates cut a 21-point deficit to three before BR sealed the win.
"We go there Friday and that ought to be a tough game and it will be the first game in their new gym. That would have been a great atmosphere. Hopefully things will be back to normal next season."
Nate Schmitt tallied 11 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Pirates who opened a a 10-2 lead in the first quarter and held a one-point lead at the half after H-D rallied for a 15-8 advantage. H-D rallied again in the fourth gaining a 19-15 advantage where Jacob Spencer and Adam Lynch each scored five points.
Tanner Sullivan tallied 10 points with two three-pointers for Harrisville (4-2) and Will Taylor buried three 3s for nine points. Tucker Kelly and Zach Palmer each added three points. Adam Lynch, Andrew Matthews and Jay Carrow combined for 13, 10 and 10 points for the Green Demons in their season opener. Jacob Spencer and Art Carr added seven and six.
"Nate Schmitt continues to everything for us and tonight he played very good defense on their Jay Carrow who is so tough on the offensive boards," said Coach Coloney.
"Our sophomore Tanner Sullivan point guard came through with a nice game with 10 points and hit a three and grabbed two big offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter."