OFA, Malone Cast Die For Tuesday Showdown
OFA and Malone did what they had to do, and in a hurry, to cast the die for Tuesday's meeting of the Central Division's No. 1 vs No. 2 on the Blue Devils Bill Merna Court.
OFA (12-4) climbed to 11-0 in the division with an 80-36 win over St. Lawrence Central (5-5, 9-7) and Malone (12-4) upped its divison mark to 10-1 with an 81-36 win over Potsdam (0-11, 0-16).
OFA answered a fast start by Malone to win the first meeting 64-55 at Franklin Academy.
The other Central games of the night saw Massena (5-6, 7-9) check Salmon River 55-26 and Canton (8-3, 10-7) down Gouverneur (2-8, 4-11) 62-47.
OFA 80 - SLC 36: MeSean Johnson scored 10 points, Jackson Jones dropped in seven and Trent Sargent netted five points in a 26-10 first quarter run which set the tone for the game in Brasher Falls. Johnson finished with 20 points, five rebounds, eight assists and three steals and Jones continued to churn out double-doubles with 18 points and 15 rebounds with two assists, three blocks and three steals.
Sargent finished with 12 points, four assists and three rebounds and Connor Griffith delivered nine points and six rebounds.
Brogan LaRose led the bench scoring with nine points, Harry Powers added three points and four assists, David Vernsey scored six points, JD King buried a 3-pointer and Eli Bullock passed out three assists.
"We got out and ran tonight. Jackson really ran the floor and rebounded well and MeSean pushed the ball the entire time he was in," said OFA Coach Mark Henry.
"Defensively we did a nice job. We have a big game on Tuesday."
Cash Feeley led SLC with seven points followed by Steve Horner with four, Sean Perry with three and Caden Taylor with two.
SLC won the JV game 36-25.
Malone 81 - Potsdam 36: Payton Poirier scored 29 points and Daimen Poirier netted 13 to lead the Huskies. Noah Dominie and Francesco Polenta each scored nine for the Sandstoners.
Massena 55 - Salmon River 26: Chris McGregor's 14 points and nine from Adam Peets and Ethan Firnstein led the way offensively for the Raiders who controlled the contest with defense in taking an 18-4 lead. Other Massena scoring came from Zach LaBarge (3), Luke Greco (5), Ethan Barney (4), Tom McGregor (5), Ryan Herrick (4), and Hayden Amo (2).
Logan Lebeha and Hawi Francis-Cook led Salmon River with eight and seven points.