Knights Sing Championship Tune At Gutterson Tourney
BY DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - After walking the walk, Lisbon Central didn't talk the talk.
The Golden Knights sang the song as Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" cascaded through the Heuvelton Central Gymnasium after impressively downing Salmon River 64-40 in the Varsity Championship game of the 27th Al Gutterson Memorial Tournament on Saturday night.
It was the 8-1 and number 17th state Class D ranked Golden Knights' second tournament title of the season and as they did at their own Jim Marcy Memorial Tournament the Knights also captured the JV Championship with a 44-39 victory over Harrisville.
Host Heuvelton (6-5) captured the varsity (52-34 over Hammond) and junior varsity (71-29 over Salmon River) consolation games.
Lisbon returns to NAC West action on Tuesday hosting an emerging Edwards-Knox squad while Heuvelton hosts Harrisville which is unbeaten in the division.
FAST START POWERS LISBON TITLE
Entering the championship game, Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan could not have been more assertive telling his team that a fast start was imperative.
"We just couldn't have a repeat of what happened against Heuvelton. We had to come out and play well and rebound well," said Coach Jordan.
"We rebounded very well and played good defense. We knew they would be very aggressive and we were able to use that against them by moving the ball well."
The Knights couldn't have responded better.
Alex Martin, Teagan Jordan ands Kaiden Mussen all buried three-pointers against the Salmon River zone defense and the Knights bolted out to a 20-9 first quarter lead and followed with a 22-13 second quarter run to a 42-22 half time lead.
Mussen scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and Alex Martin produced his nine-point output. Mussen, who sparked the furious fourth quarter comeback win against Heuvelton in the first round on Friday, was honored as the Tournament MVP and Teagan Jordan and Jackson LaRock, who combined for 10 and 11 points, earned All-Tournament Awards along with Kyran Skidders and Logan Lebehn of Salmon River (4-6).
Skidders shared game scoring honors with 15 points and Lebehn tallied eight points.
Ethan Martin of Lisbon received the Sportsmanship Award and finished with four points in the winning offense which also featured eight points from Karter Jordan, four points from Jayden Carr and three points from Hayden McBath. Rounding out the Salmon River scoring were: P.J. Ghostlaw (6), Clayton Jones (5), Tyler Huto (4) and Toby Jacobs (2).
HEUVELTON WINS CONSOLATION GAME
In the consolation game Heuvelton stepped up when presented with a possible deja vu from Friday's first round game when Lisbon stunned the Bulldogs with a fourth quarter comeback.
The Bulldogs opened a 36-24 halftime lead but Hammond (1-8) scored the first seven points of the third quarter. Bulldogs answered with a 13-3 run to a 52-34 lead which started with a Josh Wrobel inside conversion and accelerated on 3-pointers by Evan Felt, Braeden Free and Nate Mashaw.
Free buried three 3s and went 6-6 from the foul line in a 17-point effort to lead a balanced Heuvelton offense which also included 15 points from Mashaw, 14 points from Jed Crayford who hit three 3s, 11 points from Wrobel, eight points from Evan Felt and two points by Matt Basford.
Crayford sparked Heuvelton's fast start hitting three 3s in an 11-point first quarter.
Mashaw and Wrobel earned All-Tournament Team honors along with Hammond's Nate Jewett and Lukas McQueer who tallied a game-high totals of 24 and 19 points.
"The guys showed good poise tonight. We had the lead and they came back but we stepped up. This is a process and we are coming along," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
"Hammond is an athletic team, much better than their record and they played very hard. Tonight we hit our outside shots and some threes which we didn't do against Lisbon."
Rounding out the Hammond scoring was Randy Durham with seven points, six points from Brandon LaRock and two points from Logan Tate.
LISBON JVS ANSWER BELL
The Lisbon JVs answered the bell in the title game against an inspired effort by Harrisville looking to reverse a one-sided loss in league play before the holiday break.
To do so the Pirates had to regroup and stage methodical comeback against a 21-7 deficit after one quarter where the Knights' Colin Parmeter buried three 3-pointers and Coop Davison buried two treys scoring seven points.
Led by Degan Carr and Tucker Kelly, who scored 13 and 12 points, the Pirates pulled into a 34-34 tie in the fourth quarter. The Knights answered with an inside tally and a steal by Noah Martin, a steal by Miles Gendebien and a three-pointer by Parmeter to open a 41-34 lead.
The Pirates made one final bid cutting the difference to 41-38 and Knights answered one last time as Parmeter made the first of two free throws and Martin rebounded a miss on the second and converted inside with 27.8 seconds to play.
"Harrisville had a great game plan and they were able to take away what we do best. They played great," said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendebien.
"This game was good for our guys. We had to make big plays and clutch free throws."
Noah Martin finished with 14 points and was honored as the Tournament MVP and Colin Parmeter followed with 13 points and earned an All-Tournament Award along with Coop Davison who finished with eight points. Miles Gendebien who excelled on defense and with all-out hustle on 50-50 ball retrievals received the Sportsmanship Award.
Lisbon's scoring was rounded out by four points from Alex Vessel and three from Storm Walker. Degan Carr and Tucker Kelly represented Harrisville on the All-Tournament Team which was rounded out by Chris Ashlaw and Tristan Young of Heuvelton and Tehoronhiathe and Phillip LaVare of Salmon River.
Other Harrisville scoring came from: Nolan Sullivan (2), Tucker Sullivan (5) and Charles Fuller (2).
Ashlaw and Young scored 18 and 17 points and Jake Venette netted 12 leading Heuvelton's control of the consolation game where LaVare and Tehoronhiathe each scored seven points for Salmon River. Other Heuvelton scoring came from: Jakob Ladouceur (2), Dylan Carpenter (8), Lucas Thornhill (4), Hunter Vennette (7) and Brandon Pray (3).