Pirates, H-D Rally To Down Bulldogs, Knights
BY DAVE SHEA
NAC West Division unbeaten Harrisville and Hermon-DeKalb stayed one game apart with comeback Wins in Tuesday's NAC Boys Basketball action.
Harrisville (10-0, 14-3) erased a 10-point deficit at Lisbon (5-4, 10-5) and pulled away from the foul line in the last 90 seconds to a 71-57 win. Jay Carrow's inside conversion with 10 seconds to play gave Hermon-DeKalb (9-1, 16-2) a 53-52 win at Heuvelton (5-6, 10-9) where the lead changed hands several times.
If Harrisville and H-D can match wins again on Friday the league race will come down to a meeting between the Pirates and the Demons next Tuesday in Harrisville.
The other game of the night saw Edwards-Knox (4-7, 7-10) gain a 59-52 win at Morristown (0-11, 2-16) easing away with a 20-15 margin in the fourth quarter.
Harrisville 71 - Lisbon 57: Jadon Sullivan scored 22 of his 28 points in the second half and buried the second of two fourth quarter threes with 1:30 to play to secure the win. Sullivan also went 5-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter where Harrisville went 10-14 to finish at 21-36 at the line on the game.
"We were down 10 points at one time but Jadon Sullivan stepped up in the second half and Adam Szlamcynski had another big game on the boards. Jadon came though with two fourth quarter dagger 3s. He hit the second 3 right at the end of the shot clock just like he did in our win over Hermon-DeKalb" said Harrisville Coach Brian Coloney.
"Lisbon played a triangle and two defense and Will Taylor played a key role in attacking it by hitting four threes. It was a tough game."
Szlamcynski and Taylor finished with 14 points for the Pirates who eventually built a 44-22 second half margin to answer Lisbon's 34-27 halftime lead. Nate Schmitt and Nolan Parrow tallied eight and seven points in the win.
Karter Jordan, who was honored before the game as Lisbon's lone senior, led the Knights with 15 points and tallied eight in the second quarter. Tegan Jordan scored 14 and Jackson LaRock hit six of eight free throws scoring 12 points. Ethan Martin scored seven points and Alex Martin (5), Kaiden Mussen (2) and Jayden Carr (2) rounded out the scoring for the Knights who converted 12 of 19 free throws.
"We played great defense throughout but our Achilles Heel is our rebounding as a team. Its hard to beat a team when you give them second shots, especially Harrisville," said Lisbon Coach Bob Jordan.
"It was tight right down to 1:30 when we had to foul. The final score is a little deceiving. We were right there."
In a girls basketball interdivision game Harrisville downed Parishville-Hopkinton 54-28.
The Lisbon JV's cleared a major challenge to maintain the NAC West Division lead winning a tenacious defensive duel against Harrisville 38-32.
A win anchored in a 15-7 second quarter move to a 25-15 halftime lead.
"We played great defense again tonight. We just struggled to get the ball in the net. Jayden Williams was really impressive tonight. He was the spark we needed on offense and defense," said Lisbon Coach Blake Gendebien.
Jayden Williams, Alex Vesel and Storm Walker all scored eight points for the Knights and Noah Martin netted seven in a balanced winning offense. Colin Parmeter (4), Alex Vessel (2) and Miles Gendebien (1) rounded out the scoring.
Degan Carr and Charles Fuller of Harrisville led all scorers with 13 and 10 points.
H-D 53 - Heuvelton 52: Jay Carrow scored inside with 10 seconds to play to lift the Demons past a stellar Senior Night effort by the Bulldogs. The game was tied at 39-39 entering the fourth quarter played out before the roars of a packed house.
"It was a game that everyone involved will remember. It was wild finish that could have gone either way. There was close call at the end when the ball went out of bounds which didn't go our way. Our seniors Bryce Lake and Gavin Barney did a nice job. Bryce bodied up well inside with their big man Jay Carrow and Gavin was hustling out there all the time like he always does" said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
"We played well and so did Hermon-DeKalb. Nate Mashaw had a tremendous game for us scoring 24 points and Braeden Free came back an injury and went out and got 20. Jay Carrow played a great defensive game for them with some nice blocks."
Carrow also led the Demons with with 20 points; he scored six in the fourth quarter and netted six of eight foul shots. Zach Denesha scored 16 points with a key late-game 3-pointer and went 4-5 at the foul line. Jacob Coller and Jacob Spencer tallied eight and seven points and Aric Bogart added two.
Nate Mashaw continued an outstanding freshman season scoring a game-high 24 points. He went 7-7 from the foul line and netted two of his three 3-pointers in a 14-point second quarter. Braeden Free also struck for three 3s and scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Bryce Lake and Gavin Barney tallied five and three points in their final regular NAC West home games.
E-K 59 - Morristown 52: After being held scoreless in the first half, Joey Hart delivered 18 points in the second half for E-K which was led by a game-high 21 points by Avery Whitford. Whitford buried two 3s in a seven-point first quarter where E-K took a 15-6 lead. Kale Harper tallied eight points and Tyler Scott and Dawson White each tallied six for the Cougars who finished with a 20-15 edge in the fourth to deny the Rockets' bid for their first division win.
"It was a good game. Morristown played well," said E-K Coach Mark Scott.
Cael Woodcock and Kade Marshall scored 12 points for Morristown. Woodcock sank five of six free throws and Marshall scored all 12 of his points in the second half with eight in the fourth quarter. Aaron Woodcock, Tristan Simmons and Ashton Colby followed with nine, eight and seven points for the Rockets.
"We are capable of winning, physically. Now we have maintain the right mental attitude for four quarters," said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell.
"We played lock down defense on Joey Hart in the first half but got loose for 18 points in the second half."
Masen LaPiene and Austin Colby each scored two in the Morristown cause.