OFA Coach Mark Henry would have loved to have gone 2-0 on weekend at the Capital District Coaches vs Cancer Shootout. But there was a great deal to like after the Blue Devils came from behind to secure a 59-57 win over Newark of Section 6 on Saturday and a split of two high-quality contests.
The OFA Girls also split on the weekend falling to a powerful Beekmantown, 64-24 anchored by the twin towers post combination of 6 5 Shannon Ryan and 6 1 Grace Kelly.
Junior center Jack Manke delivered six clutch points in the final five minutes, including with a lay-in at the buzzer, for the Devils (2-1) who erased a 39-28 halftime deficit. Manke netted the game-winner after Jayme Rosser tied the game with a three-pointer with six seconds to play.
It was just a great finish. Matt Piercey inbounded the ball, got it back, drove the lane and when they helped up on defense he dished the ball to Jack Manke who put it in at the buzzer, said OFA Coach Mark Henry who will have his 2-1 team at home on Monday for an Central Division game against St. Lawrence Central.
We played really well in the second half and we did a much better job of taking care of the ball than we did against Albany Academy. And our bench gave us a nice defensive lift.
OFAs offensive leadership came from Kinnon LaRose (7 rebounds) who buried three threes in a 26-point effort, Colin Ross who also netted three threes scoring 19 points and Matt Piercey who passed out seven assists while scoring four points along with Conor Hannan.
Rosser and Micah Wright led a very athletic Newark team with 12 points.
Shannon Ryan and Grace Kelly combined 27 and 12 points leading Beekmantown guard Courtney Guynup provided a perimeter compliment hitting two threes in a 10-point outstanding.
It was a good experience to play against Beekmantowns post players and overall they were a very good team, said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins who will lead his team to St. Lawrence Central for a NAC Central game on Monday.
Overall it was a good weekend for us to get ready for our division.
Riley Luckie scored six points for OFA and Susie Morrow and Meg Dodge added five.