M-W, Chateaugay, Match Wins; H-D, Heuvelton Win
Madrid-Waddington (5-1) and Chateaugay (9-0) matched wins in the Eastern Division race while Hermon-DeKalb (6-1) stayed one game behind undefeated Harrisville (5-0) in the NAC Western Division race in Friday's boys basketball action. Senior sniper Zach Denesha scored 23 points leading H-D to a 64-51 win at Hammond (1-5) and his 20th point carried him into the Section 10 1000-Point Club. Heuvelton rose to 5-3 in the West with a 76-39 win over Morristown (0-7).
In the NAC East M-W downed Colton-Pierrepont 62-27, Chateaugay outscored Norwood-Norfolk 72-60, Parishville-Hopkinton (2-6) scored a 76-64 win over Tupper Lake (2-6) and Brushton-Moira (5-2) dropped St. Regis Falls (2-5) 75-43.
DENESHA REACHES GRAND CIRCLE
Zach Denesha took his place in the Section 10 and Hermon-DeKalb 1000-Point Circle with a 23-point effort for the Green Demons who turned back a determined effort from Hammond led by Nate Jewett who scored 25 points with 13 rebounds and three assists.
"Defensively we did a good job against Jay Carrow inside but Zach Denesha really hurt us. They have a lot of weapons and he was pulling up from six-feet behind the 3-point line and knocking down shots," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"We had the lead a couple of times in the second half but we just slacked off at one point of the third quarter where we didn't move the ball. But we continue to play everyone tough. Now we go up to Harrisville."
Adam Lynch tallied 16 point for H-D and Carrow tallied 11. Jake Coller went 6-8 from the foul line scoring nine points, Jacob Spener buried a 3-pointer and Aric Bogart added two points.
Randy Durham put together an efficient double-double for Hammond with 13 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and five assists. Lukas McQueer scored seven points with six rebounds and three assists and Logan Tate (2 points) grabbed 10 rebounds. Logan Jones added four points.
Heuvelton 76 - Morristown 39: The Bulldogs continued to to utilize multiple-scoring options as five players scored nine points or more against Morristown.
"We were kind of sluggish at the start after a snow day but the guys got the job done," said HCS Coach Josh McAllister.
Gavin Barney scored 12 points in the third quarter and finished with a game-high 15 points. Bryce Lake scored 13 points, Braeden Free and Josh Wrobel followed with 12 and 11 and Nate Mashaw went 6-7 at the foul line scoring nine points. Jay Crayford finished with six, Matt Basford added five and Gavin Murray and Mason Knauf chipped in two.
Aaron Woodcock's eight points led Morristown and Cael Woodcock and Tristan Simmons each finished with seven. Austin Colby added five and the Rocket scoring was rounded out by Ashton Colby (2), Parker Stout (2), Hector Mendez (2), Austin Stark (3) and Travis Stark (3).
M-W 62 - C-P 27: Strong defense powered the Yellow Jackets who jumped out a 20-5 first quarter lead and were led offensively by Brennan Harmer with 20 points, Kyle Stoners with 15 and Trent Lashua with 12 points. Drew Harmer followed with six and other scoring came from: Colby Beldock (3), Jacob Morgan (4) and Cody Schweinberg (2).
Aiden Knight's eight points led C-P and other scoring came from Billy LaPierre 2, Timmy Farns 4, Teddy Farns 3, Michael Schwartfigure 2, Harlee Besio 1, Chris Fisher 2 and Noah Rousell 5.
Chateaugay 72 - N-N 60: Walker Martin (6 steals) buried five 3s in the second quarter powering a 28-14 run for the Bulldogs. Martin buried nine 3s in a 38-point performance to carry the Bulldogs past a strong effort by N-N.
"Norwood played us really tough. Cole (Perretta) and Luke (Allen) are very good athletic players. Defensively they played a box and one and doubled Jonah McDonald every time he touched it. They made it difficult. Walker Martin really stepped up and had an unbelievable game. He took the pressure off Jonah and and made them pay," said Chateaugay Assistant Coach Jason LaPlante.
"Our effort was there tonight, but we made to many mental mistakes. We will build on those mistakes and improve. Carson Richards gave us a physical presence inside off the bench. We are proud of how we responded in the fourth. We bent, but we didn’t break."
Jonah McDonald (10 rebounds, 5 steals) went 8-10 at the foul line scoring 16 points for the Bulldogs (12-0), Jed McDonald (5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals) scored seven, Cameron Richards tallied six and Chance Thomas added five.
Cole Perretta and Luke Allen combined for 22 and 16 points for N-N and Ryan LaSomb tallied 12. Nick Burke (6), Levi Sochia (2) and Mike Richardsm (2) rounded out the scoring.
P-H 76 - Tupper Lake 64: The Panthers opened a 40-21 halftime lead and and then used steady scoring to maintain the lead in the face of 43-second half points by Tupper Lake in a very entertaining game. Burt Chevrier and Peyton Snell combined for 23 and 21 points and Tanner Rosenbarker and Lucas Snell came through with 14 and 12. Harrison Snell and Patrick Caringi added five points and one point.
Eli Kutzer and Grant Codin tallied 21 and 19 points for Tupper Lake and Skyler Pickering and Jacob Stradley came through with 12 and eight. Noah Varden and Ryley Hill each added two.
"It was a good game and a good win for us. It was the best offensive outing that we have had this year. We were running off all cyclinders," said P-H Coach Stephen LaRose.
"It was good to see the boys playing on a level I knew the were capable of."