OFA Races To Opening Win; Faces Weekend Tests
BY DAVE SHEA
MeSean Johnson scored an uncontested layup off the opening tipoff to set the tone for the evening as OFA opened its Northern Conference Boys Basketball season with a 40-point first quarter and a 105-37 victory over Potsdam.
Fluid ball movement and alert movement without the ball produced 32 assists on 44 field goals and the Devils took control with their fullcourt defense in scoring the first 13 points of the game.
"We shared the ball very well and and our press worked very well to get us started in the first half and then we took it off. We shared the ball very well which was the best part of the win," said OFA Coach Mark Henry.
"Tristan Lovely had an outstanding game passing ball, Brogan LaRose had a big scoring night off the bench and JD King came in and had a good shooting night. Now we face a big weekend going to the Albany area to face Green Tech a double A school and MeKeel Christian which is a Class A school. We will find out a lot from those games."
Passing the ball from point and out of the post equally well Lovely collected 16 assists while scoring four points and snatching five steals for OFA which was led in scoring by MeSean Johnson who finished with 23 points, eight assists and four steals after scoring 16 in the first quarter.
Working himself open in traffic inside and efficiently running floor on the break Brogan LaRose scored 20 points with nine rebounds and four assists. Jackson Jones tallied 15 points with eight rebounds and three assists. Harry Powers (6 steals) and JD King each buried three three-pointers scoring 13 and 11 points and David Vernsey added nine points to the interior production.
Trent Sargent netted six points with three assists and five steals and Eli Bullock added four points.
Noah Dominy and Aiden Stickles scored 11 and 10 points to lead Potsdam followed by Francesco Polnenta with seven, Hayden White with six and Nabil El Labban with three.
OFA JVs 51 - Potsdam 42: The Devils JVs opened a 13-6 lead after one quarter and turned back a series of comeback bids by the Sandstoners to win in the debut of Coach Dakota Brady and his assistant John Rogers who are both former standout OFA athletes.
Justice McIntyre scored 12 points and Aiden LaFlair and Connor Graveline each dropped in 11 in a balanced winning offense. Kam Johnson tallied seven and Shea Polniak and Andrew Loffler added four each for OFA which plays a nonleague game at Heuvelton today.
"We had too many turnovers and we didn't rebound well. But we will clean that up," said Coach Brady.
"We have a quick team and I was happy with the way we were able to force turnovers."
Ansen Herrick scored 20 points for Potsdam and Cale Saiff and David Crocker scored six apiece.