Heuvelton, Hammond, E-K, C-P Advance
Updated: Feb 20, 2020
BY DAVE SHEA
Heuvelton rode a huge first quarter scoring burst while Hammond overcame a flying start by Parishville-Hopkinton to advance from the opening Class D round of the Section 10 Boys Basketball Tournament on Tuesday night.
Heuvelton scored the first 15 points of the game, took a 28-7 first quarter lead and was never headed in an 80-44 victory over Morristown. Parishville-Hopkinton bolted out to a 30-11 lead over Hammond at home and led by as many as 21 points before the Red Devils regrouped and went on to gain a 70-67 overtime victory.
Heuvelton and Hammond moved on to Saturday's Class D A-Rama which will be played at SUNY Canton in the afternoon and SUNY Potsdam on Saturday evening.
Heuvelton will face fourth-seeded Lisbon at 6:15 p.m. and Hammond will take on second-seeded Harrisville at 2:30 p.m. Both the Bulldogs and the Red Devils will be looking to reverse two losses in the NAC West season.
"It should be a lot of fun playing Lisbon. We had two good games with them in the league," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
Also advancing were: Edwards-Knox which outscored St. Regis Falls 81 - 62 and Colton-Pierrepont which checked Tupper Lake 49-35. E-K will play third seeded Hermon-DeKalb at 1 p.m. in another NAC West matchup and C-P will play top-seeded and number one state-ranked Chateaugay at 8:15 p.m. in the third meeting of NAC East teams.
Heuvelton 80 - Morristown 44: Nate Mashaw drilled three 3s in the 28-7 first quarter burst where the 11-7 Bulldogs hit five 3s and Braeden Free netted three 3s in the second quarter where HCS built a 49-21 halftime lead.
"We talked a lot about finishing games but we also talked about how important it was to get off to a good start. The guys came out with a lot of intensity and moved the ball well," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister after the Bulldogs finished with 13 3s on the night.
"It was nice to see the shots going down. It was a really nice game with a nice crowd."
Braeden Free (8 assists) went 4-5 from 3-point range leading the Bulldogs with 16 points and Nate Mashaw and Jed Crayford both went 3-6 scoring 15 and 14 points. Gavin Barney tallied 10 points in the first half and grabbed six rebounds and Chris Ashlaw finished with eight points.
Rounding out the scoring were: Bryce Lake (3 points, 6 rebounds), Josh Wrobel (4 points on 2-2 shooting, 7 rebounds), Matt Basford (3 points), Cole Rickett (2) and Gavin Murray (3).
Kade Marshall and Ashton Colby converted a series of strong moves at the goal scoring a game-high 18 points and 12 points for Morristown and Tristan Simmons finished with five points. Other scoring came from: Aaron Woodcock (2), Cael Woodcock (4) who had several elevated blocks, Wyatt Sullivan (1) and Ethan Graveline (2).
"We definitely had a plan to get off to a good start but they ended up taking over," said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell.
"But we have three starters and good group coming back."
Hammond 70 - P-H 67: Tanner Rosenbarker buried three 3-pointers scoring 11 points and Burt Chevier worked the interior for eight points as the seventh seeded Panthers (7-14) raced out to a 30-11 first quarter lead. Hammond (4-15) gained a 15-14 advantage in the second quarter and outscored P-H 33-15 in the second half.
Logan Tate gave 10th seeded Hammond a two-point lead in the closing seconds but Peyton Snell buried a jumper as time expired to send the game into overtime. The Devils played the overtime without Nate Jewett (5 rebounds, 4 assists), who scored 22 points, and Randy Durham (6 assists, 9 rebounds), who scored 13 with two 3's in the second quarter. Jewett fouled out in the fourth quarter and Durham drew his fifth foul early in overtime.
Lukas McQueer filled the leadership void going 4-4 from the foul line in the overtime where he scored eight of his 15 points. Brandon LaRock (3 assists) also scored 15 points in the game and Logan Tate (3 assists) scored five points.
"I lost the first half and “we” won the second. We weren’t playing as a unit in the first half and as well weren’t responding to instructions. In the second half we came together and moved the ball well. Passed in transition and forced them to play our game. Randy (Durham) came out first thing in the third and drilled two back to back threes to give us the momentum then Nate Jewett did as he always does punishing the defense. But it came down to the end of the fourth quarter and then overtime with Randy and Nate fouled out," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"Lukas McQueer was a superstar in overtime. He made great decisions and took charge of the team. Logan Tate took over the point guard position and did it like he had been there all season as well and Brandon LaRock busted his tail the whole second half forcing turnovers and breaking long. We came on to get here and played team ball the second half. If not we would have lost big."
Peyton Snell finished with a game-high 23 points for P-H and Tanner Rosenbarker and Burt Chevier both finished with 13. Harrison and Lucas Snell delivered nine and seven points.
E-K 81 - St. Regis Falls 62: Tyler Scott went ballistic with 16 points to spark the sixth seeded Cougars (9-11) to a 28-13 surge in the third quarter which put the decision out of reach of the Saints. Scott finished with 22 points on night when E-K featured three 20-point plus scorers. Avery Whitford scored 23 with 18 in the first half and Joe Hart finished with 20.
Cameron Rowe tallied 10 points and Mason White, Thorne VanBuren and Kale Harper all adding two.
Derek Provost and Coably Cox countered with 20 and 19 points for the 11th seeded Saints and Nathan Mayville scored nine followed by Blake Mulverhill and Hunter Feefee with two points apiece.
C-P 49 - Tupper Lake 35: The ninth seeded Colts (4-17) rode a fast start and a balanced offense to earn a berth in Saturday's split D-Arama. Aiden Knight (4 rebounds) tallied 16 points and Timmy Farns and Harlee Besio (7 rebounds) each scored 12 in the victory which was secured with a 14-19 edge in the fourth quarter. Michael Schwartfigure (5 rebounds) and Teddy Farns added six and three points.
Eli Kulzer and Noah Varden combined for 10 and eight points to lead eighth seeded Tupper Lake and Grant Godin tallied eight.
"I couldn't be more proud of this group of young men after tonight's win than I currently am. We came out right from tip off and executed our game plan exactly how we had practiced for it; deny Kulzer the ball, push in transition, and attack the rim. We played pretty mistake free for 32 minutes I thought, which got us the win. Tonight this group of boys brought me my first playoff win as a Varsity coach, and more importantly for our boys program as a whole, the first time Colton-Pierrepont boys have advanced out of the first round of the playoffs since the 2010-2011 season; and for that I am extremely grateful," C-P Coach Nate Pike.
"Coach Bennett at Tupper Lake has some great young talent who are going to be a very challenging team in the East Division for at least the next two years, and I look forward to those meetings. In terms of the season it has been a long journey with my core group of four sophomores and one freshman over the past few years to get to this point. I was lucky enough to have two seniors, Aiden Knight and Timmy Farns, step up and decide to play basketball this year with this young core, and owe a lot of our success this season to those two. However, the best part is that our season just got extended by a few days."
CLASS B OPENER
Salmon River 47 - Potsdam 46: The fourth seeded Shamrocks came from behind outscoring the Sandstoners 12-7 in the fourth quarter and advanced to a semi-final matchup with top-seeded and defending Class B Champion OFA on Friday.
Logan Lebehn tallied 13 pints to lead a diversified winning offense which also included :PJ Ghostlaw (6) Kyran Skidders (3), Hawi Cook-Francis (8), Clayton Jones (8); Tyler Huto (3) and Cayden Sunday (6)..
Aiden Stickles scored a game-high 21 points and Noah Dominy buried three 3-pointers to score 11 points for Potsdam. Kameron Murdock netted seven, Will Roda added five and Ansen Herrick chipped in with two,
SECTION 10 BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
THURSDAY: Class B Semi: (Potsdam-Salmon River winner) at (#1) OFA. (#3) Gouverneur at (#2) Canton. Class C Semifinals: (#4) Norwood-Norfolk at (#1) Madrid-Waddigton, (#3) Brushton-Moira at (#2) St. Lawrence Central. 6 p.m. starts.
. SATURDAY: Class D quarter-finals at SUNY Canton: E-K vs (#3) Hermon-DeKalb 1 p.m. Hammond at (#2) Harrisville 2:45 p.m.
Class D Quarter-finals at SUNY Potsdam: Heuvelton vs (#4) Lisbon 6:30 C-P at (#1) Chateaugay 8:15
MONDAY: Class A Championship - SUNY Potsdam: (#1) Malone vs. (#2) Massena 7:45