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OFA Rides Comeback Trail Past Huskies

MALONE - Malone forced OFA to come from behind in the second half for the first time in the NAC Boys Basketball season on Thursday night.

The Huskies took a 16-17 halftime lead but the Devils answered with a 19-13 surge in the third quarter and allowed just nine points while scoring 13 in the fourth quarter to gain a 65-55 win in a match of divison unbeatens.

"It was a tough win on the road. Malone played very well and very hard. They came up with many more loose balls and long rebounds. It certainly was a game of runs. Malone came out and went up by 10 early," said OFA Coach Mark Henry.

"We did a nice job getting back in the game. Then it was a bunch of runs by both teams, We need to get back to a score, stop, score mentality. Overall it was a very nice win."

Canton (4-1 NAC) downed Salmon River (1-3 NAC, 3-4) 67-50 and St. Lawrence Central (2-2, 3-3) edged Massena (2-3, 4-4) 45-42 in the other division games.

Double-doubles by guard MeSean Johnson and center Jackson Jones led the Devils (5-0, 5-2) as Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Jones tallied a game-high 25 points with 12 rebounds. Trent Sargent buried three of OFA's four three-pointers scoring 13 points.

Tristan Lovely scored three points and passed out four assists and Harry Powers and Connor Griffith added three and two points. OFA will be off over the holidays until a Jan. 4 trip to Lowville.

Aiden Decillis struck for four 3s leading Malone (3-1, 4-2) with 21` points and Payton Poirier and Keegan Monnette came through with 14 and 10 points. Rounding the Huskie scoring were: Daimen Poirier (4), Jake VanSteenburg (2), Alejandro Sosa (2) and Alexander Preve (2).

Canton 67 - Salmon River 50; Ashton Cloce buried three 3s scoring 24 points and Andy Downs went 11-16 at the foul line scoring 25 to lead Canton which also received eight points from Sky Kennedy.

"Salmon River is going to be a good team. They have a lot of sophomores who will get better as they play more," said Canton Coach Troy Lassial.

"We shot the ball pretty well and we got the pace we wanted."

Other Canton scoring came from: Josh Kennedy (2), Caleb Bentley-Hicks (6), Chris Downs (4), Sam Fadden (1).

Hawi Francis Cook and Clayton Jones combined for 17 and 15 points for Salmon River and Tyleer Huto came through with seven. Other scoring came from: PJ Ghostlaw (2), Cayden Sunday (5), Quinton Carle (1).

SLC (45) - Massena (42): Steve Horner scored 12 points with six rebounds and scored six points in the fourth quarter where SLC prevailed by outscoring the Raiders 14-6. Ansen Weegar tallied 16 points for SLC, Cash Feeley delivered six points and 10 rebounds and Ethan LaRock contributed six points, nine rebounds and three steals.

Cayden Taylor added four points and five steals and Hunter Arquitt added one point.

Ethan Firnstein scored 14 points to lead Massena followed by nine points from Zach LaBarge, eight from Chris McGregor, four from Ryan Herrick, four from Adams Peets and three from Ethan Barney.


OFA's MeSean Johnson drives against Malone's Keith Shafer in Thursday's NAC Central game. (Provided Photo)

OFA's Jackson Jones blocks a shot by Malone's Keegan Monnette in Thursday's game.


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