M-W, Morristown, Heuvelton, C-P Win Openers
Updated: Mar 3
BY DAVE SHEA
The Northern Conference Boys Basketball season began on Monday with Madrid-Waddington, Morristown and Colton-Pierrepont prevailing with strong finishes and Heuvelton taking control early and pulling away from Edwards-Knox.
Girls Basketball play on Tuesday.
MADRID-WADDINGTON 59 - LISBON 58
M-W Coach Aaron Jones often refers to Jacob Morgan as a player who plays all over the court and does all the little things that helps the team win.
He did just that on Monday and buried the biggest shot of the game when he buried a three-pointers with 18 seconds to play to erase a 58-56 Lisbon lead. Morgan scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter where the Jackets answered a determined Lisbon rally, sparked by Ethan Martin, which produced leads of 52-47 and 54-49.
Martin scored five of his 11 points in the quarter where he went 3/4 at the foul line and made two steals for the Knights who started the season without four-year varsity point guard Jack LaRock who suffered a high angle sprain in practice on Saturday.
Kaden Kingston hit four straight free throws sparking M-W back to a 56-56 tie and Tegan Jordan converted a strong move to the goal to give Lisbon 58-56 lead with 40 seconds to play.
M-W answered with Morgan netting a trey from the top of the key and the Jackets followed with two defensive stops.
"That was a big shot by Jacob and three-pointers were big for us tonight. Lisbon played very hard and Tegan Jordan and Kaiden Mussen had tough strong finishes inside," said Coach Aaron Jones.
"It was a good game and you hate to see a player like Jackson LaRock getting hurt. Thursday's game should be a lot of fun."
Kyle Stoner buried four threes scoring 13 points for M-W and Drew Harmer scored 10 points all in the first half. Sage Cordwell tallied eight points inside helping to offset a game-high 21 points by Tegan Jordan and 18 by Kaiden Mussen.
"The guys did a good job passing the ball inside which we had to do because we just couldn't make anything from three-point range. Playing without Jack LaRock was tough, it would have been a different game with him but I was happy with the way the guys battled back," said Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan.
Jordan Carr, Alex Martin and Greg Wood all added two points and strong rebounding efforts to the Lisbon cause.
Lisbon JVs Win In OT: Connor Bell dropped in two key free throws scoring six of his 14 points for Lisbon which posted an 11-2 run in the fourth quarter as the Lisbon JVs scored a a high energy 60-51 victory in the preliminary game. Issac LaRock and Keghan Power delivered 15 and 14 points working the interior for the Knights and Matt Kinney tallied three points directing the offense.
Lucas Gravline and Caleb Hayden each scored five points and Armando Lazaro added four points.
"We got M-W into foul trouble and we hit 16 of 21 foul shots. This game was won at the foul line. Issac LaRock and Keghan Power gave us strong inside play and Matt Kinney showed good court vision finding open teammates. In overtime Connor Bell came on strong with six points and two critical free throws," said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendebien.
"Madrid-Waddington was led by a great floor general, Tristen Cuthbert. We struggled to contain him all game. A well-coached MW JV came ready to play at high intensity."
Cuthbert led M-W with 15 points and hit two of his three three-pointers in the first quarter where he scored 10 points to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 17-11 lead. Troy Beck and Jack Bailey combined for 13 and 10 points and Trevor Saucier netted eight. Joseph White (2), Daniel Davis (3) and Joseph White (2) rounded out the Jackets' scoring.
MORRISTOWN 57 - HAMMOND 50
Tristan Simmons scored nine of his game-high 24 points in a 16-7 fourth quarter run by the Rockets who used strong finishes inside as the focal point of their offense. Aaron Woodcock tallied 15 points with a pair of three-pointers and Kade Marshall finished with nine. Parker Stout scored all seven of his points in the second half and Javen Joanette added a field goal in the fourth quarter.
Logan Jones delivered a strong 18-point effort inside for Hammond and Lukas McQueer buried a pair of third quarter threes scoring 13 points. Logan Tate scored nine points followed by four from Austin McCarty and Brandon LaRock and Kameron Toland with two.
"It took us a while to knock off the rust. We played with good effort and our communication led to a good fourth quarter. The stat sheet won't show it but Parker Stout, Ethan Graveline and Javen Joanette were our difference makers while letting our main scorers get what they could (47 combined points)," said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell.
"We've got a lot to clean up, we know Thursday's game will be much harder than today. Thankful just to be able to play."
HEUVELTON 85 - EDWARDS-KNOX 43
The Bulldogs used their wealth of scoring options to break out to a 23-9 first quarter lead and tallied 28 points in the third. Braeden Free buried five three-pointers scoring 22 points for the Bulldogs and Tristan Lovely and Nate Mashaw followed with 17 and 16 points. Jed Crayford and Josh Wrobel followed with nine and six points and a 10-player scoring parade was rounded out by: Chris Ashlaw (4), Matt Basford (3), Lance Milsap (2), Hayden Knauf (1), Cole Rickett (3) and Hunter Vennette (3).
Tyler Scott drilled four three-pointers scoring a game-high 23 points for E-K and Mason White netted nine. Other scoring came from: Dylan Wood (2), Kale Harper (3), Andrew Franklin (4) and Jarred Lottie (2).
COLTON-PIERREPONT 47 - NORWOOD-NORFOLK 41
After holding the Flyers to 24 points through three quarters the Colts answered a last ditch N-N rally when sophomore Cody Francis buried a three-pointer with three seconds to play.
Another sophomore Harlee Besio led C-P with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Bill LaPierre and Noah Rousell each came through with nine points. Michael Schwartfigure added nine followed by Theo Hughes with four and Francis with his game-winning three.
Noah Dominy scored a game-high 24 points for N-N and Ryan LaShomb netted seven. Michael Richards and Caden St. Andrews each tallied four, Ryan Emlaw added three and Clayton Reed chipped in two.