Heuvelton, H-D Boys Secure NAC West Wins
Updated: Dec 11, 2019
BY DAVE SHEA
Heuvelton gained a 2-0 NAC West start and 3-0 Hermon-DeKalb won its West and home opener in Monday's NAC Boys Basketball action.
H-D downed Hammond 77-43 and Heuvelton controlled Morristown 56-35. H-D hosts Morristown on Thursday and Heuvelton travels to Brushton-Moira for a nonleague game. Harrisville plays at Edwards-Knox tonight.
In NAC East action Chateaugay downed Norwood-Norfolk 77-32, Parishville-Hopkinton prevailed at Tupper Lake 61-49 and Brushton-Moira dropped St. Regis Falls 66-42.
In one Girls Basketball game Northern Adirondack won a nonleague decision over St. Lawrence Central 66-42.
H-D 77 - Hammond 43: Jacob Spencer scored seven of his nine points in the first quarter where H-D took an 18-7 lead and Jay Carrow scored eight of his game-high 17 points in a 22-point second quarter.
"Hammond came to HD ready to play and were physical as we planned for. The boys were amped and excited for their first home game. We had a lot of threats scoring tonight. It’s tough to defend several players who are finding opportunities to score and put the ball in the hoop," said H-D Coach Dylan Klock.
"We made it a point to practice fundamental rebounding this past week. It showed tonight. It was a well rounded game with plenty of room for improvement."
A balanced H-D offense also included 12 points from Jacob Coller, 15 from Zach Denesha, 12 from Adam Lynch and nine from Aric Bogart. Peyton Hamilton added three points.
Hammond also displayed offensive balance as Logan Tate and Nate Jewett scored 12 and 10 points, Lukas McQueer dropped in nine and Randy Durham and Brandon LaRock added seven and three.
Heuvelton 56 - Morristown 35: Braeden Free tallied nine points in the second quarter and Bryce Lake netted seven in the third as Heuvelton erased a 15-14 halftime deficit against fast-starting Morristown and took control with a 34-14 advantage over the middle quarters.
Free finished with 12 points, four steals and three blocks; Lake came through with eight points and six rebounds and Nate Mashaw scored a game-high 15 points with five assists.
Jed Crayford contributed 11 points to the victory and Evan Felt hustled up four points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals.
Cole Rickett scored four points and Josh Wrobel added two with four rebounds and five steals.
"Our guards rebounded well and Evan Felt was all over the place. We were able to take control with our defense and Josh Wrobel and Bryce Lake combined to give us nice production in the post," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
Kade Marshall scored five points sparking Morristown to a 15-14 first quarter lead and finished with a team-high 10 points. Ashton Colby followed with seven points, Cale Woodcock and Parker Stout each scored six, Aaron Woodcock added a 3-pointer and Austin Colby (2 points) and Masen LaPiene (1) rounded out the scoring.
"We definitely showed some improvement tonight. We made Heuvelton spread things out and they played well," said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell.
"We struggled with their pressure and we just have to keep working and we have to do a better job getting the ball inside."
Heuvelton JVs Win: In the junior varsity game Heuvelton erased a seven-point deficit in the final 50 seconds to secure a 39-35 victory. Chris Ashley went 4-4 from the foul line scoring eight of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Tristan Young scored six points.
Tristan Simmons scored 22 points for Morristown and Ethan Graveline followed with eight points.
Chateaugay 77 - N-N 32: Jonah McDonald (5 rebounds) buried seven 3-pointers scoring 36 points for the Bulldogs who cruised to to victory in their NAC East Division opener after taking a 22-8 first quarter lead. Walker Martin dropped in four 3s scoring 14 points, Chase Thomas dropped in 10 points, Logan Secore (5 assists) added eight points and Jed McDonald delivered seven points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Carson Richards pulled down 12 rebounds.
"We brought that first game energy tonight. Norwood gave us fits last year, the boys came focused and with energy tonight. Our defensive energy was great. We got out and ran. They came out in a box and one and we executed really well," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Great team effort tonight from everyone. We have a few injuries and kids are stepping up nicely."
P-H 61 - Tupper Lake 49: The Panthers won their NAC East opener and presented first year coach Stephen LaRose with his first victory at the P-H helm. The Panthers prevailed with ideal scoring balance as five players or more scored in all four quarters.
Lucas Snell tallied 13 points, Harrison Snell and All-State Soccer selection Peyton Snell dropped in 11, Burt Chevier scored nine, Tanner Rosenbarker and Pat Caringi each netted seven and Pat Clark-Vallance added two.
"We played a very tough and a good Tupper Lake team tonight. We executed well and Tanner Rosenbarker led our boys on the court. Tanner had 11 assists and was key on distribution. He got everyone involved and the scoring was well rounded. It was nice seeing Lawson Snell and Peyton Snell finally find some success from their jumpers," said Coach LaRose.
"As always Harry Snell and Burt Chevier were tough in the paint. We also drew five charges which fueled our fire and lead us to victory. Great game tonight." Zach Kulzer and Nick Varden scored 16 and 13 points to lead Tupper Lake.