M-W, Heuvelton Move Into Finals; Lisbon Wins Opener
BY DAVE SHEA
Madrid-Waddington, Heuvelton and Lisbon all relied on their defense to get first half leads on Tuesday in their Northern Conference Boys Basketball openers.
And then used their offenses to pull away to victories.
Host M-W and Heuvelton secured first round wins in the John Dinneen Memorial Tournament and Lisbon bested Salmon River 64-48 in an interdivisional debut for both teams.
In an NAC East game M-W downed Colton-Pierrepont 70-37 and in an NAC West game Heuvelton downed Edwards-Knox 74-38 to move into Wednesday's 4:30 title game.
Heuvelton and M-W will also play for the junior varsity championship which will be played at 3 p.m.
"It should be a good game. Heuvelton is quick. We had three new starters so it took us a while to settle down," said M-W Coach Aaron Jones.
The Jessie Chamberlain Memorial Girls Basketball Tournament will conclude tonight at Madrid-Waddington. The host Jackets will play Heuvelton for the varsity title at 7 p.m. and the junior varsity title at 5:30 p.m.
M-W, HEUVELTON PLAY FOR TITLE
M-W cranked up its defensive intensity to trigger a 16-1 first quarter break away from an 8-8 tie.
Brennan Harmer tallied 12 first quarter points, mostly in the transition, and went on to score 23 points with 11 assists and four steals. Trent Lashua delivered a 20-point, 14-rebound double-double and Drew Harmer tallied eight points followed by six points from Nick Beldock who went 2-2 from 3-point range and Kyle Stoner.
Cody Schweinberger (4 steals) and Kyle Stoner (6 rebounds) each added three points. Aiden Knight used strong finishes at the rim to lead C-P with 16 points and Matt Duvall tallied six. Other scoring came from: Bill LaPiere 2, Tim Farns 4, Harlee Besio 4 and Noah Rousell. 2.
Heuvelton used its fullcourt press to scramble the E-K offensive efforts and used scoring off the break to open a 19-6 first quarter lead. The Bulldogs outside shooting came alive in the second half culminating with six three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
"It is so early and we haven't put a lot of things in it but our effort was certainly there tonight. Cole Rickett gave us a nice spark off then bench on the point of our press and we went 16-19 at the foul line," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
"That was really nice to see because we struggled at the line last season."
Jed Crayford buried four of six three-point attempts scoring a game-high 20 points in a high energy effort which also produced five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Braeden Free went 6-7 from the foul line in a 14-point effort and passed out three assists and Matt Basford buried all three of his three-point attempts scoring 10 points and Bryce Lake went 4-6 from the line in a 13-point effort.
Cole Rickett tallied four points with five rebounds and four steals, Evan Felt dropped in four and Nate Mashaw netted a three and dished out three steals. Other scoring came from Gavin Barney (4) and Josh Wrobel (2).
Joey Hart, E-K's only returning starter, scored 14 points points and Tyler Scott tallied 10.
"Joey Hart is our only returning starter and this game was a good experience for our JV guys moving up and facing the speed of the varsity game," said E-K Matt Scott.
"But we will getter as the season goes on."
Other E-K scoring came from: Cameron Rowe (6), Jud Collette (2), Avery Whitford (2), Thorn VanBrocklin (2) and Kale Harper (2).
LISBON TAKES CONTROL IN THIRD
Teagan Jordan buried three three-pointers scoring 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter where Lisbon pulled away a 26-25 lead. Jordan also pulled down 15 rebounds and Kaiden Mussen delivered an 11-point, 12 rebound double-double for the Golden Knights.
"Teagan was playing in the post and he stepped out and hit three threes which really made it tough for them defensively. We also went man to man in the third quarter which made a difference," said Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan who will lead his team into NAC West play next Wednesday against Morristown.
"We struggled some on offense in the first half but we got things figured out. I told the boys that we were going to make rebounding a top priority this season. We also defended their top scorer Clayton Sunday well."
Jackson LaRock and Karter Jordan each scored eight points for Lisbon and Alex Martin netted six. Ethan Martin and Hayden McBath added five and two points.
Quinton Carle, Tyler Huto and Logan Lebehn combined for 11, 10 and nine points leading Salmon River. Clayton Jones added four and Ranenenhawi and Kakniroroirun each chipped in two.
Lisbon won the JV game 59-27.