The opening round of the Section 10 Class D boys basketball playoffs produced no upsets as all five higher seeds advanced to Saturdays quarter-final round at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse.
Heuvelton 64, Colton-Pierrepont 59 (OT): Both Heuvelton and Colton-Pierrepont both made significant comebacks before a near full house HCS court.
Heuvelton (9-9) regrouped from a 21-8 first quarter deficit and fast-starting C-P (6-13) showed true grit erasing a 54-47 deficit in the final 2:30 of regulation. The Colts 11th hour rally climaxed when Ethan Knight banked home a floater in the lane with 3.1 seconds to play.
But there was no change of momentum in the overtime where Heuvelton claimed a 5-0 advantage, a 64-59 victory and a meeting with top-seeded and unbeaten St. Regis Falls in the fourth game of Saturdays D A-Rama.
Colton-Pierrepont really shot the ball well in the first quarter and we made some turnovers, said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
I told the guys that we just had to stay the course and be aggressive. They did that and we came out with a win. Joe McDonnell came in off the bench and gave us a lot of energy when we needed it, Jeff Arquitt played very aggressively and freshman Cole Piercey gave us a good game at the point and hit two key threes in the second half, he added.
The Colts of the NAC East, who were cited by their coaches for steady improvement over the course of the season, buried four threes in taking a 21-8 first quarter lead.
Ethan Knight buried two threes and scored 10 of his team-high 19 points in the first quarter and added six in the final period. Zach Farr hit a three in the first period and bookended six points in the first and five in the fourth to finish with a high impact inside game of 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
Arquitt provided the offensive spark for the Heuveton comeback scoring 10 second quarter points and went to tally a game-high 24 which featured 9-12 free throw shooting. Riley Pierce capped a 10-point, six-rebound effort with a putback to open the overtime. Mike Martin (9 points) converted a layup off a steal and later netted a free throw to complete the overtime scoring.
Casey Smith also added nine points with Cole Piercey netting two threes scoring eight second half points and Joe McDonnell (7 rebounds) and Jack Palmer each added two points.
The Colts balanced offense also featured Riley Doyle with 11 points including seven in the second quarter, Scott Boyce tally seven with a first quarter three and John Angleberger deliver eight well-earned interior points in the second half.
Madrid-Waddington 71, Hammond 29: A 21-6 second quarter advantage opened the host Yellowjackets lead to 40-11 at halftime against the Red Devils.
We had a nice team effort tonight, Jacob Barney, Aaron Armstrong, Zach Brock and Harrison VanBuren all had nice floor games and Alex Hammond played exceptionally well going five-for-five from the field. Were looking forward to playing Morristown in the D-A-Rama (1:45 p.m. tip-off). We know they are good and have been playing with a lot of confidence. They have quickness and Ryan Vollmer is a good guard. Weve got to slow the pace down and get back in transition, said M-W coach Aaron Jones whose team improved to 10-9 in defense of their back-to-back sectional championships.
Hammond paced all scorers with a season-high 15 points with three steals and two rebounds for the Yellowjackets. Barney provided 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and six steals. Brock chipped in 11 points keyed by three threes and TJ Gagnon delivered 11 points. Armstrong provided nine points, six assists and seven steals while VanBuren chipped in five boards, two assists and eight steals and contributed three points. Dakota Matthie added five points.
Zech Cunningham scored 11 points for Hammond (4-15). Brock Tulley added nine while Thomas Galloway added five.
Edwards-Knox 77, Parishville-Hopkinton 42: The Cougars (13-6) erupted to a 28-7 first quarter lead against the visiting Panthers (2-16) as Kaden Dandrow delivered a game-high 28 points. Abe White tossed in a season high 15 while Dan Pharoah posted 10 points. Jake Fenlong contributed eight while Trent White hit a three in a five point effort.
Wyatt Snell scored 16 points for the Panthers. Hunter Charleson and Mike Burns each tallied six while Kobe Wells added five followed by Mike Cook with three. Connor Sullivan and Garrett Hayes each finished with a field goal.
Chateaugay 62, Clifton-Fine 35: A 34-9 start lifted the host Bulldogs (13-6) past the Eagles (1-16).
Seth Young provided 10 points for Chateaugay which received balanced scoring from 12 players. Noah Bowes added nine while Dylan LaBare and Nick Ashline each scored eight.
Chase Koster scored 15 points for Clifton-Fine. Logan Hayes added 10. Harrisville 53, Hermon-DeKalb 37: A 17-6 advantage in the third quarter helped the host Pirates break open a 21-17 lead at the half against the Demons.
We didnt play very well in the first half and Hermon-DeKalb did. If we can play well on Saturday we can give Lisbon a game. But we have to play 32 minutes, said Harrisville coach Brian Coloney whose team improved to 12-7.
Jared Dreythaler in his second week back from a soccer injury delivered 19 points for the Pirates. Brendan Best talled 11 followed by eght from Tim Fowler and seven from Zane Mono.
Cody Merritt scored 19 for Hermon-DeKalb. Hunter Woodrow and Jacob McDonald each added four.
OTHER SATURDAY GAMES
The other three matchups at the D-A-Rama on Saturday will set Harrisville face Lisbon at noon, Chateaugay take on E-K at 6 p.m. and undefeated top-seeded St. Regis Falls go up against Heuvelton at 7:45 p.m.
The Class D final is Saturday, February 22, at 2:45 p.m.
at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse.