GLENS FALLS - New Hartford managed to rattle Ogdensburg Free Academy with its fullcourt press but the Blue Devils regained their poise to secure a 60-56 victory at Adirdondack Community College and their second weekend nonleague win at the Coaches Vs Cancer Shootout.
Their guards were very quick and they mixed their defenses but I was surprised that they were able to rattled us like they did with their fullcourt press, said OFA Coach Mark Henry.
This was a very good win for us but it showed us that we have a lot of things to work on.
Sparked by Breton LaRose, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half, the Devils opened a 34-26 lead and led by as many as 11 points before New Hartford staged a comeback which climaxed with a 53-52 lead.
Pat Cosmo broke the momentum with two strong drives to the basket and the Devils hit seven of their last eight free throws to secure the win. Kinnon LaRose went 4-4 and Cosmo went 2-2 at the line for the Devils who open their NAC Central season by hosting Gouverneur on Monday (5:30 p.m. JV start).
Kinnon LaRose finished with 13 points, five assists, five steals and seven rebounds in a stellar all-around effort and Cosmo tallied 11 points. Breton LaRose, who buried four threes, finished with a 20-point, 10 rebound double-double.
Matt Piercey tallied five points and Cavan LaRose passed out five assists. Jordan Hendricks netted three trifectas scoring 20 points for New Hartford which finished with nine three-pointers.
Austin Tetrault scored 18 points to help Section 7s Northeastern Clinton edge the Chateaugay Bulldogs 57-56 (1-1) in the championship game of the Bobcat Shootout in Ellenburg.
Tom Bedard and Jon Filion each scored 11 points for Northeastern Clinton.
Noah Bowes led Chateaugay with 13 points.
SLC 51 - NAC 37: Bookend 15-point first and fourth quarters powered the Larries who received 17 points from Josh White (5 steals, Seven points, seven rebounds and four assists from Shane Fuentes, six assists from Brad Francis, 14 points from Tyler Savage and an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double from Zane Ramsdell.
Josh Langlois and Dave Burger scored 11 and 10 points for NAC.
Malone completed a 2-0 weekend at the Coaches Vs Cancer Shootout by downing Plattsburgh 55-40 at Adirondack Community College.
We played good defense and did a good job scoring off our defense, said Coach Tim LaMay.
Mitch Gallagher tallied 19 points to lead a balanced offense and Harvey Smith netted eight. Damen LaBorde scored 10 points for Plattsburgh.
ST. REGIS TOURNAMENT
ST. REGIS FALLS – The St. Regis Falls boys varsity won its own preseason basketball tournament for the second time. In both years of its existence, the host Saints won the second annual Brady Frazier Classic.
SRF used a stifling half-court defense to shut down the Colton-Pierrepont Colts 47-20 in championship game of the tournament on Saturday to earn the crown.
Salmon River picked up the consolation-game victory, outrunning Clifton-Fine 66-37. It was the first victory by the Shamrocks in a season and a half.
The catalyst for the SRF squad was its hounding half-court, man-to-man pressure.
Caleb Green, the tournaments most valuable player, led all scorers with 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers as Louis Goodrow (6 steals) followed with a 10-point, eight-rebound effort. Goodrow also had six steals during the victory. Zack Farr paced Colton-Pierrepont (1-1) with nine points and the teams lone 3-pointer.
SRC (1-1) put had three players connected for double figures with Josh Hynes leading the way with a game-high 19 points. Justin Bigness and Kiio Jacobs both finished with 13 points. Clifton-Fine (0-2) had Carl Provost lead the team with 11 points, including all three of the squads 3-pointers.