LISBON - The Salmon River Central varsity boys basketball team will look to salvage consolation honors after opening the James Darcy Memorial Tournament at Lisbon Central by suffering a dramatic 60-58 loss to Canton Central on Monday.
The Shamrocks (3-7) battled their way back from a slow start to take the lead late in the fourth quarter before the Golden Bears (4-6) scored the last four points of the game to claim the non-league win over their Central Division rivals.
Louden Porter tied the game with 42 seconds and the Bears regained the ball after a failed Salmon River possession. They worked the clock down to the final seconds before Scott Wight made a mid-range baseline jumper at the buzzer to complete the comeback.
Porter scored eight of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. Wight finished with 15 points along with Evan LaPoint while Mike Couglar made a six-point contribution.
Antoine Domino led all scorers with 20 points in the losing cause. Kason Tarbell chipped in 10 followed by Zach Smith and Josh Hynes with nine apiece. Russ Oakes and Tyler Brooks contributed four points apiece while Jordan Wood accounted for the other two.
The Shamrocks now get set to take on Hammond in the tournament consolation game starting at 5:45 p.m. Hammond fell to host Lisbon in the other first round game which also served as an NAC West Division matchup. Canton and Lisbon meet in the championship game tonight at 7:30 p.m.
TL SWEEPS N-N
In the lone NAC East Division basketball action on Monday, Tupper Lake gained a sweep over Norwood-Norfolk.
In Norfolk, the boys game saw Cody LaPierre tossed through a game-high 16 points followed by Mitch Keniston with 14 as the visiting Lumberjacks (9-5, 7-3) raced out to a cammanding 26-6 lead in the first quarter before going on to double the Flyers 62-31. Morgan Stevens, Anson Gagnier and Ryan Dukette chipped in six points apiece. Roger Delair added five and Vodel Wesby four while Liam LaMere, Nash Botala, Kevin Becker and Kullen Bombard all finished with two and Andrew Powers netted a free throw.
Ian St. Andrews paced N-N (3-9, 2-8) with nine points followed by Travis Gay with seven. Garrett Waite and Dustin Fisher contributed four points each. Devon Guyette chipped in three. Kyle Steenberg and Zack Benware closed out the Flyer scoresheet with two points apiece.
At Tupper Lake, the girls game saw the Lumberjacks (3-8, 2-6) relay a 17-4 first-quarter lead into a 42-23 decision over the Lady Flyers.
Lindsey Maroun led the winning effort with 16 points. Katie Zurek added 12 followed by Sidney Kulzer with six and Lizzie Zurek with four while Amie Luten and Malorie McLear each netted two.
For N-N (2-8, 2-7), Ayanna Mason had a team-high six points followed by Miranda Langtry and Hannah Seguin with four apiece and Breanna DeShane with three. Desiree Palmer, Cadence Hunkins and Madison Seguin each finished with two.
FA GIRLS PREVAIL
In the only NAC Central Division varsity girls basketball game on Monday, Franklin Academy remained unbeaten atop the standings after turning back Canton 48-42.
Janelle Heden anchored the winning offense with 18 points. Rachel Lamica added 13 followed by Morgan Fountain with seven as the Lady Huskies (12-1, 10-0) worked their way to a 25-20 halftime lead then outscored the Lady Golden Bears 12-7 in the third before holding on for the win.
Kali Frank led Canton (10-3, 7-2) with 12 points while Tori Daley, Natalie DiSalvo and Emily Pinckney each netted eight.