Lisbon Answers Rocket Bid; HCS, H-D Win
BY DAVE SHEA
MORRISTOWN - Austin Stark buried a 3-pointer to pull Morristown into a 29-29 tie with Lisbon at halftime of Tuesday's NAC West Boys Basketball Game.
Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan knew something had to change and in a hurry.
He got his message across at halftime and the Golden Knights (3-5 West, 4-7) used their athleticism on defense and on the offensive boards to trigger a 23-9 third quarter run which keyed a 64-46 victory.
Heuvelton outscored Hammond 84-71 and Hermon-DeKalb took the grind it out mode to down Edwards-Knox 59-50.
Lisbon 64 - Morristown 46: "Morristown plays very hard and we had the same problem we had against Heuvelton and Edwards-Knox. We were letting them drive the ball to the hoop. So went to a zone and pressed and trapped," said Coach Jordan.
"Alex Martin was a real key in that third quarter with his steals, assists and rebounds. He did everything for us."
Teagan Jordan buried a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter and Kaiden Mussen and Jack LaRock also scored six points. Jordan netted four 3s on the game and also scored effectively inside collecting a game-high 19 points. Mussen finished with 14 points, Karter Jordan came through with 11, Ethan Martin delivered 10 and Jack LaRock finished with eight for the Knights.
Austin Colby scored 13 points with 5-7 free throw shooting to lead Morristown and converted two traditional 3-point plays scoring nine points in the second quarter. Austin Stark buried two 3s in the second quarter and Tristan Simmons went 4-4 from the foul line scoring nine points on the night.
Aaron Woodcock scored eight points with some athletic finishes at the goal, Kade Marshall did the same scoring six points and Austin Colby and Parker Stout each added two points.
"We had a good first half but the third quarter got us again. We have a good press breaker but we have to be ready when the other team steps up their pressure," said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell. "But we are getting better. We just have put four quarters together."
The Lisbon JV's continued their drive for an NAC West title in a 64-36 victory. Noah Martin tallied 18 points leading a balanced winning offense which also featured nine from Keagan Power and Storm Walker, eight from Issac LaRock, six from Coop Davison, four from Jayden Williams, Miles Gendebien and Alex Vessel and two from Eric Parmeter.
Ethan Graveline scored 18 points for Morristown and Jack Evans came through with eight.
"Ethan Graveline worked his tail off for Morristown today with a huge amount of hustle. Keegan Power for Lisbon had his best game of the season with nine points," said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendebien.
"Our guys played well again as a team."
Heuvelton 84 - Hammond 71: Five players scored 13 points or more for the Bulldogs (4-3, 8-6) who buried 12 3-pointers to outscore the Red Devils (1-4, 1-9) who received a 33-point, 16 rebound, 7 assists performance from Nate Jewett.
"Nate has just been outstanding. He goes after everything. He had 10 offensive rebounds tonight and he could be the league MVP if we could start winning games," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"We played right with them tonight but every time we had a turnover or mistake they converted. It is tough to be a team which has five players scoring 13 or more points and they rotated a lot of players. Well fell behind by 18 in the fourth quarter and our reserves went in, played hard and cut the lead to 11."
Jed Crayford and Braeden Free each hit 4 3s scoring 16 points for Heuvelton. Nate Mashaw netted three treys scoring 15 points and Bryce Lake and Josh Wrobel combined inside for 16 and 13 points."
Randy Durham buried three 3s scoring 14 points on 4-4 shooting and also contributed five rebounds and five assists to the Hammond effort. Lukas McQueer finished with 12 points with two 3s, seven rebounds and four assists and Brandon LaRock (5 assists) and Logan Tate each scored four points.
Kenon Gardner and Logan Jones each added two points.
H-D 59 - E-K (50): The Green Demons (5-1, 11-2) secured their second hard-earned win against neighboring rival E-K (2-5, 5-7). H-D rode a balanced offense in methodically building a 45-32 lead through three quarters. Jay Carrow and Zach Denesha each scored 10 points, Art Carr and Jacob Coller netted nine, Adam Lynch checked in with eight and Jacob Spencer added seven. Aric Bogart and Chase VanBrocklin chipped in four and two. E-K (2-5, 5-7) also spread the points around with 15 points from Cameron Rowe, 12 points from Avery Whitford and eight from Tyler Scott and Joey Hart who tallied eight in the first quarter. Thorne VanBrocklin and Kale Harper added four and three points.
N-N, CHATEAUGAY POST EAST WINS
N-N 61 - C-P 49: The Flyers (4-3, 9-3) used a 22-10 third quarter advantage to gain an NAC East win over an improving C-LP squad (1-5, 1-9). Luke Allen, Cole Perretta and Xavier Jenkins combined for 15, 14 and 13 points and Ryan LaSomb netted 10 for N-N. Other N-N scoring came from Levi Sochia 7, Nick Burke 5, Issiah Gillespie-Chicione 4 and Cole Jock 3.
"Norwood's pressure got the best of the Colts in the second half. Luke Allen hit a 3 right before halftime that killed Colton's momentum. Norwood outworked and out hustled us in the third quarter to bring their lead from 9 to 20 real quick. The fast pace of play for Norwood was a key to success," said C-P Coach Nate Pike.
Timmy Farns, Bill LaPierre and Aiden Knight scored 13, 10 and nine points to lead the Colts whose other scoring came from Teddy Farns (5), Michael Schwartfigure (2), Halee Besio (1).
Chateaugay 67 - Parishville-Hopkinton 29: Jonah McDonald (7 rebounds) buried five of his seven 3-pointers in a 25-7 first quarter start by the 11-0 and number two Class D state ranked Bulldogs who climbed to 8-0 atop the NAC East. Walter Walker (5 steals) tallied 10 of his 20 points in the first quarter and Jed McDonald contributed two points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks as the Bulldogs' catalyst.
Logan Secour tallied seven points with seven rebounds and Cameron Tracy buried a 3-pointer with five rebounds.
"We came out and knocked down shots in the first quarter. Walker and Jonah combined for 25 first quarter points. Everyone got in a lot tonight and contributed nicely to this win. We shot the ball much better tonight," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.
Peyton Snell and Tanner RosenBarker scored eight points and apiece for P-H (1-6, 2-9) followed by Harrison Snell (2), Burt Chevrier (4), Crump (2), Caleb Knowles (2) and Andrew Wright (3).
Note: The Madrid-Waddington vs Brushton-Moira game was postponed.