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OFA, M-W Boys Fall To Strong Opponents

OFA's Mark Henry and Madrid-Waddington's Aaron Joneshave fashioned very successful boys basketball coaching careers at the respective schools.

And both have used strong nonleague schedules overseeing programs of consistent success.

On Saturday both coaches led their teams against strong Section 2 opponents and came away feeling very positive after losses to larger schools.

Reigning Section 10 Class B Champion OFA dropped a 73-65 decision to Class A MeKeel Christian which put on a clinic for fourth quarter shooting. Class C Champion Madrid-Waddington fell to a veteran Section 2 Class B semi-finalist, Fonda-Fultonville, which was a model of consistency in a 65-41 decision.

MeKeel Christian 73 - OFA 65: MeKeel Christian pulled away from a 47-43 lead with a 30-18 advantage in the fourth quarter where the trio of Alex Barnwell (21 points), Joe Reddy (6 3s 18 points) and Ozzie DeJesus (20 points) combined to score 23 points.

Reddy buried three 3s in the quarter and Barnhill went 7/7 from the foul line in scoring 13 points.

MeSean Johnson delivered a 14-point, 10 assists double-double with five assists and three steals for OFA, Trent Sargent buried five 3's scoring 15 points with five rebounds and Jackson Jones scored 14 points with nine rebounds.

" We lost a tough one today in a really good high school basketball game. It was back and forth most of game. They made some tough shots in the fourth quarter and went 11-11 from the line," said OFA Coach Mark Henry.

"We had a couple costly turnovers late, but it is early in the year and that is why we make the trip to the Albany area. These two games will make us much better in the long run. I thought our kids played with a lot of grit this weekend against two very talented teams. I am very proud of the way all 11 guys have have already bonded and become a close knit team."

Tristan Lovely tallied six points for OFA which will play Salmon River on Monday and Massena on Thursday. Harry Powers also scored six points with four rebounds and Brogan LaRose and David Vernsey added four points.

Fonda Fultonville 65 - M-W 41: Jack Ally buried five 3s and went 6-7 from the foul line to score 25 points for F-F in a game played at Fulton-Montgomery Community College where M-W will play Gallway today. Luke Kowalski scored 11 points for the winners who opened a 46-17 halftime lead.

Brennan Harmer netted three 3s leading M-W with 18 points and Drew Harmer and Sage Cordwell scored six and five points. Trent Lashua scored four points and grabbed five rebounds

"They were a very good team which played basketball the way it should be played. They were very talented and ran their offensive sets very well. Brennan Harmer had a very good second half for us and Nick Beldock (3 points) really did some nice things with three rebounds, two assists and two steals said M-W Coach Aaron Jones.

"But I was happy the way we didn't quit and outscored them in the third and fourth quarters where they kept their starters in most of the time. Playing a team like this can only help us as we move on."

Coby Beldock hit a 3-pointer for the Jackets and Kyle Stoner added two points.