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Strong start carries Potsdam boys to win; Massena falls short to OFA

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A strong start carried Potsdam Central past Gouverneur but it wasn’t enough to sustain Massena Central against OFA in NAC Central Division varsity boys basketball action on Thursday.

Potsdam 60, Gouverneur 46: In Potsdam, the host Sandstoners ran out to a 20-8 lead by the end of the first half and were able to maintain their double-digit lead through to the end for the win. The sophomore duo of Jack Byrnes and Matt Stone stepped up to anchor the Potsdam as both generated career-highs of 18 and 17 points respectively.

“We got off to a nice start and we were able to grind it out after that. Having the two sophomores step up the way they did was huge for us,” noted coach Brooks Bigwarfe after the Sandstoners improved to 4-3 in the division at the midway point of the regular season.

Junior Ethan VanBlommestein contributed eight points toward the winning effort followed by classmate Jake Mitchell with seven, senior Nick Vaccaro with five, sophomores Brian Cole and Connor Prosper with three and two respectively.

Jordan Chambers paced the Wildcats (3-4, 1-4) with 13 points. Dustin Hutton added 10 followed by Devin Cox with nine, Nathan Drake with five, Troy Gates with four, Dustin Bullock with three and Benjamin Casey with two.

The junior varsity game saw Potsdam hold on to claim a 30-29 decision.

The Sandstoners begin the second half of the Central Division season next Tuesday on the road against Salmon River.

Ogdensburg 72, Massena 46: In a mid-season matchup of unbeaten Central Division leaders, the Raiders only trailed 11-10 late in the first quarter before a three-pointer by the Blue Devils made it 14-10 and sparked a decisive 30-7 second-quarter run.

“We came out and played the tempo we wanted in the first quarter. They hit that late three to end of the quarter then they just errupted against us in the second,” noted coach Tom Miller after his squad slipped to 6-1 in the division and 8-2 overall. “We just started to turn the ball over at an alarming rate in the second quarter and Ogdensburg started to score off of the turnovers at an alarming rate.”

Zevon Viskovich emerged as the leading scorer of the night for the Raiders with 16 points followed by Dante Viskovich with 11 points, Xavier Viskovich with eight and Logan Deshane with seven while Tyler Haas and Rhoades Tarbell each netted two.

Matt Piercey anchored the winning offense with 18 points, including four of the 13 three-pointers generated Blue Devils (10-1, 7-0). Kinnon LaRose tossed through another 15 points followed by Colin Ross with 11. Seth Pinkereton and Conor Hannan each added six.

OFA won the JV game in overtime.

The Raiders return to action on Tuesday on the road against Gouverneur.

In the other two Central Division games played on Thursday, Canton outlasted Salmon River 67-63 in double overtime while Franklin Academy dropped St. Lawrence Central 70-34.

Canton 67, Salmon River 63 (2OT): At Jerry Hourihan Gym, the host Golden Bears gradually overcame a 20-10 deficit after the first quarter, competing their comeback in the second overtime where they outscored the Shamrocks 7-3 for the win.

Antoine Domino led all scorers with 26 points in the losing cause. Josh Hynes netted another 16 points followed by Kason Tarbell with nine, Justin Bigness with five, Zach Smith with four, Tyler Brooks with two and Jordan Wood with one as the Shamrocks slipped to 4-3.

Evan LaPoint anchored the Canton (4-3, 2-3) offense with 24 points. Francesco Palumbo added 15 followed by Scott Wight with 13. Ryan Caldwell and Louden Porter each chipped in seven and Tom Christy accounted for the other three.

FA 70, SLC 24: In Brasher Falls, the visiting Huskies ran out to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter and were ahead 32-13 by halftime before coming away with the win.

Josh White paced the offense for SLC (0-8, 0-7) with nine points. Brad Francis contributed eight followed by Jayce Lanning with six, Shane Fuentes with five, Cody Meacham with three, Nathan Arquette with two and Trent Saumier with one.

For the Huskies (9-2, 5-2), Camron Gallagher struck for a game-high 15 points followed by ALex Johnson with 13 and Kody Mulverhill with 10.

The Larries return to action this Saturday when they travel to Brushton for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer game against Brushton-Moira. The varsity boys matchup begins at 5 p.m. and caps a full day of basketball activities that will see the two schools play against each other at the modified, junior varsity and varsity levels. The varsity girls game is slated to tip-off at 3:30 p.m. The day gets started with the modified girls game at 10 a.m.

WEST DIVISION

In the NAC West Division boys basketball games played on Thursday; Lisbon took over sole possession of first place with a 49-34 win over Harrisville, Edwards-Knox beat Clifton-Fine 73-36, Heuvelton outscored Hermon-DeKalb 51-36 and Morristown turned back Hammond 63-40.







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