Heuvelton, Morristown Enjoy 2-0 Starts; Lisbon Rebounds
BY DAVE SHEA
Heuvelton and Morristown both noted first week sweeps in the NAC Boys Basketball season while Lisbon gained a reversal of Madrid-Waddington in Thursday's action. Heuvelton gained its second win over Edwards-Knox in its home opener and Morristown outscored neighboring rival Hammond.
In other boys basketball action Norwood-Norfolk reversed Colton-Pierrepont and South Lewis avenged an early loss to Harrisville in a Lewis County game.
HEUVELTON 61 - EDWARDS-KNOX 22
The Bulldogs raced into their home season with a 26-4 first quarter run off its defense and Braeden Free led a balanced winning offense hitting five 3-pointers in a 20-point effort.
Jed Crayford and Tristan Lovely each tallied nine and Matt Basford and Nate Mashaw followed with seven and six. Rounding out the scoring were: Chris Ashlaw with five, Cole Rickett with one and Josh Wrobel with four.
"The first two games went pretty well. The guys are running the floor well and sharing the ball. They have a good mindset and our press and traps have worked well," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister whose team will play Madrid-Waddington twice next week.
"Edwards-Knox was short on ballhanding because of an injury to Avery Whitford in the first game. You hate to see a player get hurt and miss games."
MORRISTOWN 66 - HAMMOND 55
Morristown bookended its win with 22 points in the first quarter and 21 points in the fourth quarter sparked by a career high 27 points from Aaron Woodcock who struck for 22 in the second half. Kade Marshall and Tristan Simmons tallied 14 and 13 points followed by Ethan Graveline with five, Javen Joanette with three and Jack Evans with two.
"After a quick start Hammond kept us working. We made progress on both ends with our ball movement and ball denial from Monday's game. Defensively we made a couple of changes that really helped give us that little more that was needed to secure the win," said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell.
"Aaron (Woodcock) paced us with good shot selection and some good finds in our halfcourt sets and transition. As a whole we played better and fought through some good adjustments in the second half by Hammond."
Lukas McQueer and Brandon LaRock each scored 14 points for Hammond and Austin McCarty and Logan Jones dropped in eight. Kameron Toland with five, Logan Tate with three and Tanner Rosenbarker with two rounded out the scoring for the Devils who hung tough until the final minutes.
"It was a good game tonight. Close up until the last four minutes. Then we suddenly couldn't seem to make good decisions," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
NORWOOD-NORFOLK 59 - COLTON-PIERREPONT 39
The Flyers made an emphatic reversal at home after jumping out to a 15-8 first quarter lead. Noah Dominy and Ryan LaShomb combined for 25 and 15 points for the winners and Michael Richards came through with 11. Owen Haas and Clayton Reed added six and two points.
Nate Rousell scored 18 points for C-P and Harlee Besio and Mike Schwartzfigure followed with 10 and seven. Cody Francis chipped in four.
LISBON 52 - MADRID-WADDINGTON 46
What was good for Madrid-Waddington on Monday was really gopod for Lisbon on Thursday. The Golden Knights trailed 10-2 after one quarter and came from behind with a 19-6 run the third quarter and a 21-19 edge in the fourth quarter where they went 9-10 from the foul line.
Kaden Mussen sparked the Knights comeback scoring seven of his 21 points in the second quarter and seven in the fourth. Greg Wood came through with two 3-pointers in the third quarter where Mussen and Alex Martin (5 points) also connected for treys.
Ethan Martin tallied 10 of his 13 points in the second period and Teagan Jordan delivered his seven point total in the fourth.
Cody Beldock and Saige Cordwell led M-W with 10 points apiece and Kyle Stoner came through with seven of his nine in the fourth quarter. Drew Harmer and Jacob Morgan each netted six points and Kaden Kingston and Logan Cordova added three and two.
LISBON REPEATS EXCITING JV WIN
Following up an overtime win on Monday the Lisbon JVs took a 53-52 thriller on Thursday which featured a relentless 37-point effort by Lisbon's Issac LaRock whose steady stream of field goals produced 15 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third.
M-W stayed in contention until the end led by 19 points from Tristen Cuthbert, 15 points from Troy Peck who went 6-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and nine points from Jack Bailey.
Other Lisbon scoring came from Kegan Power with four, Lucas Gravlin with one, Connor Bell with six and two from James Burke, Cody Mills and Caleb Hayden. Rounding the M-W scoring were: Trent Saucier with five and Joe White and Aaron Putman with two.
"It was another great game between two very good JV squads. M-W came into the game focused on improved rebounding and hustle. They worked hard and it showed, M-W went 100 percent after each loose ball and we couldn't take anything for granted tonight," said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendebien.
"Issac LaRock proved to be too much to handle for M-W scoring 37 points. Issac has a great motor. He never quits. Kegan Power does a great job finding Issac as the two big men play off each other well. Again Tristen Cuthbert came out hot with 14 of his 19 points in the first half. Lisbon used a 1-2 punch between Connor Flack and Lucas Gravlin to contain Tristen in the second half. He is such a good player, we just didn't want to make life easy for him for even one second."
SOUTH LEWIS 75 - HARRISVILLE 59
South Lewis used a stellar defensive effort to reverse Harrisville while the offense was led by Parker Kristoff with 21 points and Ian Anderson with 18 points and eight assists. Nate Schmitt and Will Taylor led Harrisville with 14 and 11 points.