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Rockets Gain First West Win; Cats, Colts Denied

Updated: Feb 12

HAMMOND - A season-long quest to gain its first NAC West victory was realized by Morristown Central in an entertaining 77-72 win over neighboring rival Hammond on Monday.

"It was a good battle and we kept our composure when it mattered. Tristan Simmons and Ashton Colby played great for us. It felt like we were close to rolling on all cyclinders, especially in our 28-point second quarter," said Morristown Coach Wes Schofell after the 3-16 Rockets posted a 1-11 league record with one to play.

"It was nice to get a league win in before the end of the season. Consistency is key for us now. Its a good time to start gearing up for the playoffs."

In other boys basketball action St. Lawrence Central shaded Gouverneur 62-57 in Central action and Brushton-Moira nipped Colton-Pierrepont 51-49 in an NAC East game.

Morristown 77 - Hammond 70: Aaron Woodcock, Ashton Colby and Tristan Simmons combined for 10, 7 and 6 points leading Morristown's 28-16 second quarter advantage to answer a 21-11 Hammond first quarter where Lukas McQueer tallied nine points.

Nate Jewett scored 12 fourth quarter points for Hammond and Simmons answered with 10 for Morristown and finished with four 3-pointers in a 24-point effort. Aaron Woodcock and Colby finished with 20 and 13 points for the Rockets and Kade Marshall tallied 10.

Cale Woodcock and Parker Stout added six and four points.

Jewett (12 rebounds, 4 assists) finished with a game-high 28 points for Hammond, McQueer delivered a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double and Logan Tate (6 rebounds) and Austin McCarty netted nine and eight points.

Brandon LaRock crafted a solid floor game with six points, six rebounds, five assists and six steals.

SLC 62. Gouverneur 57: In an NAC Central matchup the Larries (6-6, 10-8) held off the Wildcats (3-9, 5-12) led by Ansen Weegar with 17 points and Cash Feeley with 13 points. Caden Storie netted 18 for the Wildcats, Garrett LeClair scored 15 and Carter Simmons added eight.

"That was a fun basketball game to be a part of. Coach Rheome does a great job with his group and we battled the entire game. Unfortunately we went 1 for 8 from the free throw line and missed too many layups to beat a good team. We have Massena tomorrow night on Senior night and I hope we can play as well as I know we can," said Gouverneur Coach John Free.

B-M 51 - C-P 49: The Panthers held off the improving Colts who owned an 18-12 advantage in the fourth quarter but couldn't overcome B-M's 27-20 halftime lead. Logan Bassett led the winning offense with 15 points followed by Jared Durant and Ajay Martin with 10 and Wayne Palmer with nine. Justin Kennedy and Eli Russell added four and three points.

Aiden Knight scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds leading the Colts who received a game-high 18 points from Noah Rousell. Harlee Besio scored 13 points followed by Timmy Farns (7), Billy LaPierre (3) and Michael Schwartzfigure (1).


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