OFA Gains Road Win; Bears, Raiders Win
FORT COVINGTON - A fired up Salmon River team rendered a tenacious effort at home but OFA rode a long range spark from Trent Sargent and the floor leadership of MeSean Johnson and Jackson Jones to gain a 73-45 victory and a 2-0 start to the defense of its NAC Central Division title on Monday.
Sargent buried seven 3-pointers scoring a game-high 25 points and hit three treys in the second and the third quarters where the Devils outscored the Shamrocks 44-25 to pull away from an 11-6 first quarter lead. Johnson passed out 12 assists and grabbed six rebounds while scoring four points and Jones turned in an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double with three blocks and two steals.
Brogan LaRose scored eight points and Harry Powers tallied six with Eli Bullock adding four. Rounding the scoring were: Logan Horton (3), David Vernsey (2) and Tristan Lovely (2).
"Salmon played very hard tonight. We got off to a very sluggish start and our bench gave us a very nice lift and brought a lot of energy. Trent Sargent shot it very well with seven threes and Jackson Jones had his typical double-double," said OFA Coach Mark Henry who will lead his team to Massena on Thursday. Massena downed Potsdam 92-52 and Canton shaded St. Lawrence Central 48-46 in the other division games of the night.
"MeSean Johnson did a fantastic job distributing the ball with 12 assists. Overall it was a nice road win but we have lots of areas to improve on," Coach Henry added.
Hawi Francis Cook led Salmon River with 23 points followed by Logan Lebehn with 11, Clayton Jones with eight and Kyran Skidders with three.
"I give all the credit in the world to my boys. They fought for 32 minutes and came away with a moral victory against a powerhouse like OFA," said Salmon River's first year Coach Ron LaFrance.
Massena 92 - Potsdam 52: Massena closed the first quarter on a 25-5 run after Potsdam took a 6-4 lead.
"Once the game turned, it all went in one direction from that point on. Massena forced numerous turnovers with their trapping defense. Firnstein dominated the play inside with both scoring and rebounding. Massena also shot well from 3-point range, with 8 made 3's, with LaBarge nailing four of them," said Potsdam Coach Geoff Coleman.
Chris McGregor led the Raiders with 19 points, Ethan Firnstein netted 17 and Zack LaBarge sniped in 16. Noah Dominy with 15 points and Franceso Polenta with 20 led the Potsdam scoring.
Canton 48 - SLC 46: Austin Cloce tallied 17 points and Andy Downs scored 12 before leaving the game with an injury for the Bears who took a four-point lead on a strong finish by John Kennedy with 30 seconds to play. Kennedy finished with six points and Caleb Bentley Hicks and Chris Downs added five and four. Skylar Kennedy and Zack VanBuren each scored two points.
"We are a small team and we just have to grind out wins. Tonight we did that against a physical St. Lawrence Central team. Austin Cloce did a nice job leading the team when Andy Downs was out," said Canton Coach Troy Lassial.
"We had a solid defensive effort tonight."
Steve Horner and Ansen Weegar each scored 14 points for SLC and Weegar delivered seven in the fourth quarter. Cash Feeley scored 11 points followed by Hayden Perkins with five and Caeden Taylor with two.