H-D Checks Lisbon; Pirates, Red Devils Post Wins
Hermon-DeKalb (8-1, 15-2) hosted Lisbon (5-3, 11-4) on Friday night in a game where the two teams looked to stay one game behind NAC West unbeaten Harrisville in the division race.
Defense came to the forefront in a match of athletic clubs and H-D prevailed 53-27 and allowed just nine points in the second half.
Harrisville (9-0, 13-3) bested Morristown (0-10, 2-15) 73-39 and will head to Lisbon on Tuesday and Hammond (3-7, 3-12) rode a fast finish to a 68-59 win over Edwards-Knox (3-7, 6-10).
H-D Coach Dylan Klock cited his Demons for mixing their defenses well and consistently clearing the defensive boards.
Zach Denesha and Jacob Spencer followed with 11 and 10 points and Adam Lynch and Jacob Coller each scored six and Art Carr added four. Kaiden Mussen and Jack LaRock each scored six points for Lisbon followed by: Karter Jordan (2), Tegan Jordan (4), Greg Wood (2), Ethan Martin (3), Jayden Carr (1) and Hayden McBath (3).
Harrisville 73 - Morristown 39: Varsity basketball returned to the Clifton-Fine gym and the first place Pirates stayed undefeated in the NAC with an impressive outing after C-F seniors Adam Szlamczynski, Zach Palmer and Aiden Benzil were honored in a pre-game ceremony.
"It was nice for our three Clifton-Fine guys to be honored at home. Adam had a another very good game at center and two of three guys scored," said Harrisville Coach Brian Coloney.
"We played good defense as a team."
Szlamczynski tallied a game-high 18 points with Nate Schmitt and Jadon Sullivan following with 14 and 12 points and Will Taylor hitting three 3-pointers in an 11-point outing. Rounding the scoring were: Nolan Parrow (8), Ben Taylor (4), Cadyn LaPlatney (4), Matt Allen (2) and Aiden Benzil (2).
Morristown tallied 16 points in the second quarter after falling behind 23-10 but Harrisville answered with 21 second quarter points and raced away with a 21-3 third quarter run.
Cael Woodcock led Morristown with 12 points and Aaron Woodcock netted nine. Other scoring came from: Ashton Colby (3), Kade Marshall (4), Tristan Simmons (4), Austin Stark (3), Masen LaPiene (2) and Travis Stark (2).
Hammond 68 - Edwards-Knox 59: The Red Devils gained their third division win with an electrified 27-point fourth quarter where Ethan LaRock scored his entire 12-point total and Nate Jewett (18 rebounds, 4 assists) delivered 11 of his game-high29 points which included 8-11 free throw shooting and 10-14 accuracy from the floor.
Lukas McQueer (4 assists, 8 rebounds) also scored 12 points, Austin McCarty tallied eight points with six rebounds and Logan Tate added seven points and six rebounds.
Joey Hart went 7-8 at thew foul line scoring 16 points for E-K and Mason White and Avery Whitford followed with 14 and 13 points. Other Cougar scorers were: Thorne VanBrocklin (6), Tyler Scott (6) and Kale Harper (4).
"We shut the perimeter down. They only made one three-point shot in the first half. It was a great win, the boys came together. Austin McCarty, Logan Tate and Ethan LaRock stepped up big tonight with Randy Durham out. He got a concussion versus Harrisville," said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland.
"Lukas McQueer and Nate Jewett did their job like always."