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Heuvelton Meets Challenge In Downing Canton

BY DAVE SHEA

HEUVELTON - Pride and emotion swelled across the Heuvelton Central gymnasium, on Saturday, as the undefeated host Bulldogs hosted a Canton squad looking to make a mark before their abbreviated season ends with Saturday's game and a home game against HCS on Tuesday.

The Bears, led by guard Ashton Cloce and center Chris Downs, led 16-13 after one quarter and the contest stood tied at 26-26 at the half. The Bulldogs asserted their will in the second half and completely revamped the flow of the game and outscored the Bears 42-16 to gain a 68-42 victory.

Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister credited the transformation of the action to his team playing four consistent quarters and playing together at both ends of the court.

"This was definitely a big win for us. Canton was taller than us and plays great back line defense. It was tied at the half and we needed to put together four good quarters. Against Canton if you don't set good screens and play physical you are in trouble," said Coach McAllister.

"The guys did a very good job today sharing the ball and playing together on defense. "

The backcourt combination of Braeden Free and Nate Mashaw triggered a 22-5 third quarter run. Free buried two 3-pointers and went on to score 18 points with three 3s in the second half. Mashaw scored seven points in the third quarter and finished with 13 points. Tristan Lovely played a key role in the Bulldogs' matching the Bears' physicality at both ends of the court and tallied nine points and Jed Crayford finished with seven points.

Chris Ashlaw continued his timely shooting off the bench with eight points and Hayden Knauf converted a three-point play and a putback on consecutive possessions for five points in the fourth quarter. Josh Wrobel tallied four points in a strong rebounding effort and Matt Basford and Cole Rickett each tallied two points.

Ashton Cloce led Canton with 14 points with a pair of 3s and Chris Downs netted eight points down low in the first half. Other scoring came from Ethan Furnia and Tanner Cloce with three, Dan Rosser with one, Cooper Ladouceur with two, Sam Roiger with three, Sky Kennedy with six and Zach VanBrocklin with two.

"Heuvelton is a very good team and they have depth. We play hard and did well in the first half playing at the speed we want to play at. But we couldn't keep it up in the second half and they did," said Canton Coach Troy Lassial.

"Heuvelton plays with a lot of confidence."

Heuvelton will close its season by travelling to Canton on Tuesday, playing Gouverneur and then finishing with NAC West opponent Hammond.

The Heuvelton JVs closed with a 16-2 fourth quarter run to pull away from Canton and stayed unbeaten in a 61`-41 victory. Joe Wrobel delivered a game-high 25 points with a heavy duty effort in the lane and scored 10 in the first quarter. Jake Venette buried three 3-pointers scoring 15 points with seven in the fourth quarter. Tristan Young netted 13 points with seven in the first quarter and Lucas Thornhill connected on two 3s in an eight-point effort.

Luke Wentworth led Canton with a 20-point effort. Ryan Jones netted three 3s scoring nine points and other scoring came from Vincent Nelson-Fuse (2), Ayorni Odeloyinbo (3), James Bailey (5) and Elias Snyder (2).

POTSDAM GIRLS DOWN PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON

Luca Pecora tallied a near triple double with 22 points with three three-pointers, 10 rebounds and nine steals and Julia Bradford fashioned a hefty double-double with 13 points and 18 rebounds as Potsdam downed Parishville-Hopkinton 70-21 in an NAC Girls Basketball game staged on Saturday. It was the first game played on the new Parishville-Hopkinton Central School gym and the Stoners took control early with a 17-5 lead.

Kate Davis and Tati Burks-Carista combined for 11 and 10 points and Emma Brossell and Shauna Cummings followed with eight and six points.

Kelly Bloom tallied 10 points to lead P-H and Mary Grace Guiney finished with five. Megan McWilliams and Emma Bloom each tallied three points.



Jed Crayford drives toward the goal in Saturday's win over Canton. Dave Shea Photos





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