MORRISTOWN - This fall, Morristown Central made a stirring postseason run to the Section 10 Boys Soccer Class D Championship game.
On Tuesday night, the Green Rockets (8-3, 7-3 NAC West) showed they are looking to make a regular season rise and forge a last ditch run at the NAC West Division Basketball title. Playing before boisterous atmosphere at home, Coach George Beaulieus team handed number 11 state-ranked Lisbon (11-2, 9-1 NAC West) its first loss in divisional play with emphasis in a 61-38 decision. Edwards-Knox pulled within one game of the West lead with a 58-42 win at Heuvelton and Harrisville (6-4) bested Clifton-Fine 43-33.
Morristown played very well tonight, said Lisbon Coach Sean Backus.
We didnt do what we do well and they picked us apart. We have a tough stretch of games coming up with E-K (at Edwards-Knox Friday), NAC (nonleague) and Harrisville and right now it is pretty apparent that in our division if you dont play well you will lose.
The Green Rockets played so well, on Tuesday, that they eliminated all possibilities of losing. On offense, they penetrated well off the bounce with point guard Ryan Vollmer and off the pass, they bombarded the offensive boards in building a 34-18 lead and received a big offensive spark when Jake VanArnam hit two of his four first-half threes in the first quarter.
On defense, the Rockets used a 2-1-2 zone to clog the middle against the Knights all-star forward Jimmy Robinson and forced turnovers which led to fastbreak layups.
We usually play a 2-3 but we went to a 2-1-2 because we had to contain Jimmy Robinson. Jake Putney is usually is going to get his points so we concentrated on Jimmy and worked very hard, said Coach Beaulieu.
These guys just decided to come out their shell tonight and they played very well. Tristan Gilmour gave us an outstanding game at forward. Lisbon is a great team and they showed it because they came back strong.
The Rockets led by as many as 21 points before they had to adjust to the Knights all-out fullcourt press midway through the third quarter. Vollmer took control of the MCS ball movement press-breaker which produced a series of layups and the Rockets pulled away to their biggest lead of the night.
The Rockets shared the ball and the offensive and defensive responsibilities. VanArnam netted game high 15 points and passed out three assists. Vollmer delivered 12 points, 6-7 free throw shooting, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Tristan Gilmour finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Zach Kanaly contributed six points, nine rebounds and six assists. Deven Dulmage tallied 11 interior points, Jacob Fox (2 points) grabbed six rebounds and Luke King added a three-pointer.
Robinson (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Ryan Buckley (13 points, 14 rebounds) both delivered inside double-doubles but Lisbon could not generated any perimeter complement.
Tristan Vine tallied five points followed by Donnie Duprey (4), Jake Putney (3) and Jessie Gleason (2).
Lisbon won the JV game 60-10 led by Coleman Smith and Joey Pellerin with 13 and 10 points. Hunter Gray tallied eight with two threes. Christian Johnston tallied five points for Morristown.
Edwards-Knox 58, Heuvelton 42: The Cougars (10-4, 8-2 NAC West) used a 19-9 third quarter advantage to gain control of the Bulldogs (7-7, 6-3 NAC West) in Heuvelton.
This was a very big win for us. Weve got Lisbon at home on Friday and that game could help us forge a tie for the division, said E-K coach Billy Davison. The frontcourt tandem of Dan Pharoah and Kaden Dandrow was too much for the Bulldogs.
We have a match-up problem with Edwards-Knox because of their length in Kaden and Dan. It was tied at 22-22 at one point and they took over, said Heuvelton coach Josh McAllister.
Pharoah produced 24 points while Dandrow added 18. Trent White and Jeremiah Randall added seven and five.
Reily Pierce scored eight points to pace Heuvelton. Jeff Arquitt and Dylan Liscum each scored six while Cole Piercey and Mike Martin each added five.
Harrisville 43, Clifton-Fine 33: Tim Fowler generated 15 points and Chris Sullivan tallied 14 points leading the Pirates (8-6, 6-4 NAC West) past the host Eagles (0-12, 0-10 NAC West). Harrisville led 36-12 after three quarters of play. Chase Koster scored 13 points for C-F while Austin Locke and Jake Folsom scored nine and six.
LADY BULLDOGS GEAR FOR HAMMOND
The number 12 state-ranked Heuvelton Girls Basketball team used a very consistent performance to defeat Edwards-Knox 82-40 on Tuesday in NAC West play tuning up for Thursdays home game with Hammond (8-5, 6-2 West). Paige McCormicks (seven points) and Olivia St. Pierres (10 points) helped the Bulldogs to a 26-12 first quarter lead. Alexis Weidner added eight in the second quarter forging a 48-26 halftime advantage.
Weidner finished with 20 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists for the Bulldogs (12-1, 8-1 NAC West) while Olivia St. Pierre tallied 19 points, four steals, four assists and three rebounds. McCormick added 14 points, three assists, two steals and two rebounds while Logan Tallman produced 12 points, three assists and two steals,. Hannah Thornhill (two assists) scored six points while Macy Richardson chipped in four points, four blocks and five rebounds.
Katie Smith scored 13 points for Edwards-Knox (2-9, 1-8 NAC West). Arael Scott added 11 while Mackenzie Frary finished with five.