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Massena, Potsdam boys survive NAC Central hoops home scares

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The Massena Central and Potsdam Central both survived close calls on their homecourts against NAC Central Division rivals on Friday night.

Massena 55, Salmon River 53: The host Raiders built an 18-15 halftime lead and were ahead 43-38 going into the fourth where they held on to deny the Shamrocks a second straight win.

“Salmon River came right at us to the end,” noted Massena coach Tom Miller after his squad improved to 10-2 overall and 8-1 in the Central.

Dante Viskovich anchored the Raider scoring with 12 points. Ryan Haas drilled three three-pointers in an 11-point effort. Zevon Viskovich and Xavier Viskovich tallied nine points apiece while Logan Deshane and Rhoades Tarbell each finished with seven.

Josh Hynes fired through four of the nine three-pointers fashioned by the Shamrocks (3-6, 3-6) in netting a game-high 14 points. Russ Oakes struck for another three threes in an 11-point effort. Antoine Domino added seven points followed by Jordan Wood with five. Zach Smith, Kason Tarbell and Chance Monette produced four points apiece while Tyler Brooks and Brandon Burdash each finished with two.

The Raiders have the week off from their game schedule before gearing up for a home game next Friday against Canton Central. The Shamrocks will return to action on Monday in the first round of the Jim Darcy Tournament in Lisbon against Canton in what will be a non-league matchup.

Potsdam 46, Canton 44: In Potsdam, sophomore Jack Byrnes converted on an offensive rebound and putback with seven-tenths of a second left to lift the Sandstoners to the win.

“We really had to grind it out again tonight. Canton battled back in the third quarter but our guys dug deep and really showed some strong character in the fourth,” said coach Brooks Bigwarfe after his squad evened its overall record to 6-6 while improving to 5-4 in the Central.

Junior Dequan Pitts paced the Potsdam offense with 13 points while Brynes finished with eight points along with senior Nick Vaccaro, who drilled a pair of fourth-quarter threes that helped keep the Bears at bay. Brian Cole and Ethan VonBlommestein added five points each followed by Jake Mitchell with four and Matt Stone with three.

Louden Porter led the Canton (5-6, 3-6) offense with 13 points while Evan LaPoint tossed through another 12 followed by Scott Wight with seven and Ryan Caldwell with six while Hunter Yerdon, Francesco Palumbo and Eugene Hitchman each netted two.

The Sandstoners are slated to host a non-league game against Indian River on Tuesday.

OFA 84, St. Lawrence Central 29: In Brasher Falls, the Blue Devils worked their way to a 16-7 lead by the end of the first quarter before outscoring the Larries 55-15 over the next two.

Kinnon LaRose netted three three-pointers and converted on 14 of 15 free throw attempts in generating a game-high 31 points for OFA (21-1, 9-0). Matt Piercey added 15 points followed by Colin Ross with 10.

Josh White tossed through a team-high nine points for the Larries (0-11, 0-9). Bradley Francis chipped in seven followed by Cody Meacham with five and Skyler Burns with three. Shane Fuentes and Isaac Jandrea added two points each while Jayce Lanning netted a free throw.

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