Harrisville Strong Finish Drops H-D; Bulldogs Roll
BY DAVE SHEA
DEKALB JUNCTION - Nate Schmitt is no longer the little brother of SLU running back Peyton Schmitt who was one of leaders of Harrisville's historic run to a New York State Class D Basketball Championship last season.
As a junior, Nate Schmitt is now a full blown force teaming with senior Jadon Sullivan in the Pirates' backcourt. Because of Schmitt's maturation into defensive stopper and offensive leader the Pirates (6-2 overall) are 5-0 and alone atop the NAC West Division standings.
They took sole control of the lead with 56-46 win over host Hermon-DeKalb (4-1, 10-2) on Friday before a standing room only crowd which featured a wildly enthusiastic following for both teams.
In the other NAC West game of the night Heuvelton scored an impressive 64-38 win over Edwards-Knox.
Harrisville 56 - H-D 46: Following up on a 22-point effort in come-from-behind win over Heuvelton on Tuesday, Schmitt scored a game-high 22 points and delivered a series of pretty pick-and-roll bounce passes to center Adam Szlamcynski who tallied nine points. Schmitt scored 13 points in the third quarter with strong drives to the goal and pull-up jumpers and was a major factor in the team defensive effort which limited the looks of H-D's dangerous 3-point sniper Zach Denesha who scored just two points.
Schmitt's third quarter burst while Jadon Sullivan was sitting out in foul trouble, led the Pirates to 45-35 lead but a 3-pointer by sophomore Jacob Coller and three athletic finishes at the rim by Jay Carrow carried the Demons within one-point at 47-46 with 3:31 to play. Sullivan then inserted his skills, presence and will back into the game converting a drive down the lane, hitting a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and netting three free throws scoring the final nine points of the game.
"We played a great game before a great crowd. That is what it is all about. Hermon-DeKalb has a very good team," said Harrisville Coach Brian Coloney.
"In the past I think Nate Schmitt would sometimes defer to Jadon Sullivan. Now he stepping forward. Tonight he really stepped up from Jadon got into foul trouble. But foul shooting hurt us again. We have to tighten that up."
Sullivan finished with 12 points, Ben Taylor netted eight with a pair of 3s and Nolan Parrow added five points with a three.
Carrow tallied 21 points and was all over the glass grabbing rebounds and delivered a series of high altitude blocks. Coller finished with 10 points and two, Adam Lynch tallied seven and as a freshman held his own in the very physical exchange around the basket. Sophomore Jacob Spencer finished with six points.
"We were able to get Jadon Sullivan in foul trouble which really helped us and we played very well for three and a half quarters. We did a decent job with a our help and recover defense and we were right there," said H-D Coach Dylan Klock.
"I was very proud of our young players. Harrisville is such a good team and so well coached. But we were right there. We missed a few shots and forced a couple which hurt."
Harrisville won the JV game 53-40 led by Tucker Kelly who scored 20 and Tanner Sullivan and Degar Carr who tallied 14-11. Andrew Matthews scored a game-high 21 points for E-K and Davide White tallied seven,
BULLDOGS PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Heuvelton 64 - E-K 38: The Bulldogs (3-3, 7-6) followed through from a near-miss against Harrisville to secure an impressive win over the Cougars (2-4, 5-6) coming off an overtime win where they handed Lisbon its second division loss.
"We knew this would be a tough game and that E-K was coming in with a lot of confidence and they always play hard. We moved the ball very well and hit our shots and they never solved our traps on defense," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
"This win shows how were are coming as a team. In our three losses to Hermon-DeKalb, Lisbon and Harrisville we were right there. Now we have to see if can turn those around in the second half of the season."
Making his first start of the season Gavin Barney scored six points in the first quarter and went on to score a game-high 18 points on 8-11 shooting. Freshman Nate Mashaw buried four 3-pointers in the first half and went 4-7 from behind the arc scoring 16 points with 11 in the second quarter. Braeden Free buried three 3s scoring 11 points with three assists and nine steals.
Other impact contributions came from Bryce Lake with five points and six rebounds, Jed Crayford with seven points and six steals and Josh Wrobel with four points, seven rebounds and five blocks. Mason Knauf added one point.
"I started Gavin Barney up front with Josh Wrobel. They played well together and Gavin really sparked us again on offense," said Coach McAllister.
Joey Hart scored 16 points for E-K followed by Avery Whitford with seven and Tyler Scott with six. Cameron Rowe added four points, Thorne VanBrockin and Kale Harper netted two and Josh Collette added none.