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North Country Boys Show Well At BCANY Basketball Festival

The North Country Boys (Section 10-7) Basketball team made a promising debut, despite an 0-3 record, in the Basketball Coaches of New York Basketball Festival over the weekend at Johnson City Central School. The North Country Boys lost to eventual champion Suffolk, Hudson Valley, Central and the Southern Tier and were cited for their grit on the BCANY website in a 65-60 loss to the Southern Tier.

Suffolk won the festival title with am 80-72 win over Hudson Valley.

.The team was chosen at tryouts at OFA and St. Lawrence university and OFA's Scott Sargent served as the lead coach assisted by Nate Bilow of Northern Adirondack and Joey Reyome of St. LawrenceCentral.

Earning spots on the team were: guards Mesean Johnson and Trent Sargent and guard-forward Tristan Lovely of OFA, guard Brennan Harmer and forward Trent Lashua of Madrid-Waddington, guard Hayden Sullivan of Harrisville, guard Jonah McDonald of Chateaugay, forward Carter Matzdel of Ausable Valley who is the team's tallest player at 6-3, guard Toim Murray of Seton Catholic, Center Broc Cox of Gouverneur and guard Aiden Decillis of Malone. Johnson was unable to play in the festival and Ethan Barney of Massena was the team's alternate.

"We suffered three tough losses against two teams in the final four and another outstanding 2-1 squad who could be there as well. Thankful for the opportunity to work with these guys, to spend some time with their families, and to hopefully provide them the opportunity to make their high school teams better," said Coach Scott Sargent.

"They stepped out of their comfort zone and played hard all weekend. Thanks to all of the people who supported our efforts."

The North Country Boys and coaches all enjoyed a very positive experience at the Basketball Coaches of New York State Basketball Festival at Johnson City over the weekend.Photo by Marsha Hart Decillis..

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