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Heuvelton Boys, Girls Down Tough Class B Opponents

The Heuvelton Boys and Girls Basketball teams both came away with high quality road wins against Class B opponents in Tuesday's Northern Conference Basketball action.

The Heuvelton Boys stayed undefeated with a 61-58 win at Canton for a second win over the Golden Bears and the Lady Bulldogs won the first game of their set with Gouverneur 46-39.

TOUGH LOSS POSITIVE FINISH FOR CANTON

The host Golden Bears were forced to weather a first quarter knockout attempt by the Bulldogs who buried seven of nine 3-point attempts in the first quarter and jumped out to a 16-3 lead. Canton regrouped with a 20-12 second quarter and stayed in contention throughout the contest which ended the Bears' six-game season.

"It was our Senior Night and even though it was a loss this game said a lot about the progress and character in our program. Our varsity and JV teams both got beat pretty bad at Heuvelton Saturday but we were much better today and our JVs won. We had a chance to win, we only made eight of 20 free throws and they went 11 for 17. That was the difference. Heuvelton is a good team and the game was very physical," said Canton Coach Troy Lassial.

"Some of our guys had football practice before the game and they gave it their all. We honored seniors Ethan Furnia, Ashton Cloce, Tanner Cloce, Caleb Bentley-Hicks and Sky Kennedy. They always carried out their roles and have done everything they were asked to do during the season and in the offseason."

The Bulldogs buried 12 3-pointers in the game and were led in scoring by Braeden Free who connected on four 3's in scoring a game-high 18 points. Josh Wrobel went 4/4 at the foul line scoring 14 points, Tristan Lovely scored 10 points and Nate Mashaw struck for two 3s in a nine-point effort.

Chris Ashlaw hit one 3 in a five-point effort, Jed Crayford netted a 3 and Cole Rickett added two points.

Chris Downs and Ashton Cloce combined on 17 and 16 points for Canton and Jonah Longshore, Lane Rayburn and Ethan Firnstein each finished with six. Other scoring came from: Caleb Bentley Hicks (2), Sky Kennedy (2), Zach VanBrocklin (3).

LADY BULLDOGS' SENIORS CHECK WILDCATS

The Lady Bulldogs prevailed in a physical defensive matchup where they limited the Wildcats to five points in the first quarter and eight in the third. Bella Doyle led the way with a 19-point, 11-rebound double-double with two steals and three blocks and Lara Martin (2 points) who grabbed nine of her 11 rebounds on the defensive boards. Doyle scored 11 points in the third quarter where the Bulldogs built a 35-25 lead.

Molly Williams scored five points while passing passing out five assists and snatching two steals. Ali Trathen netted two 3s in an eight-point effort, Katie Cunningham scored eight points and Rylin McAllister connected two 3s in the second quarter.

Trista Ashley came through with three steals in a stellar defensive effort.

"We received a big night from Bella Doyle and clutch rebounding from Molly Williams and Lara Martin against Gouverneur which was very tough playing with decreased numbers. It should be interesting on Friday at our Senior Night. Our youngsters are improving under the senior tutelavge," said Heuvelton Coach Rob Powers.

Lexi Devlin provided Gouverneur with an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double, Raelin Burns scored 12 points, Ciera Besaw delivered seven points and four rebounds and Lia Canell came through with four points, five rebounds and four assists. Torie Salisbury and Shantell Sweet added three and two points.

"We didn't play with a lot of intensity tonight. We were down a couple of players and had only one sub and that affected us after a high energy game last night. Heuvelton played tough defense and has a nice inside-outside compliment," said Gouverneur Coach Sean Devlin.

"We had good runs at times and did some pretty good things ourselves, we just ran out of steam. We are looking forward to getting a couple of days of practice in and playing them again on Friday."

BRUSHTON-MOIRA, SARANAC LAKE WIN IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

Brushton-Moira downed St. Regis Falls 68-41 and Saranac Lake outscored Salmon River 66-50 in Franklin County action.

B-M was led by the trio of Justin Kennedy, James Durant and Bradley Mersinger with 21, 16 and 13 points. St. Regis countered with 18 and 13 points from Luke Chapman and Derek Provost.


Heuvelton's Braeden Free drives against a tough challenge by Canton's Chris Downs in Saturday's game. Dave Shea Photo

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