The Liberty claimed the first playoff championship of the 2014 Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club Spring Basketball season on Wednesday.
The Liberty downed the Storm 60-25 in the championship game after the two teams claimed semi-final wins.
The Liberty took control from the onset building an 18-8 first quarter lead. Riley Luckie collected 11 of her 15 points in the first quarter, Shelby Ross scored 14 points and Logan Green netted 11 leading a balanced winning offense which also included: Olivia St. Pierre (6 points), Alex Steele (6 points), Sydney Lorenc (4 points), Natalie McCormick (2 points) and Sam Green (2 points).
Megan Vollmer worked tirelessly inside to score 16 points for the Storm followed by Taylor Piercey (4 points), Taylor Perry (3 points) and Megan Pierce (2 points).
Following the title game Olivia St. Pierre was honored as the league’s Outstanding Defensive Player, Riley Luckie was recognized as the Outstanding Offensive Player and Janet Beaudin and Courtney Sherwin received the Outstanding Sportsmanship Awards.
Storm 51 - Dream 49: Taylor Piercey’s 22-point effort led the Storm to the finals and Taylor Perry (10 points), Kelsey Sherwin (8 points) and Megan Vollmer (7 points) all provided important efforts. Courtney Sherwin chipped four points.
Janet Beaudin and Natalie DiSalvo scored 22 and 15 points for the Dream followed by Katelyn Flanagan (6), Kelsey Pinkerton (4) and Riley Hough (2).
Liberty 51 - Mystics 21: This semi-final win proved to be a prelude to the championship game as Riley Luckie scored 10 of her 18 points in the first quarter as the Liberty bolted out to an 18-4 lead. Olivia St. Pierre delivered 12 points followed by Shelby Ross (7), Logan Green (6), Sam Green (4), Natalie McCormick (2) and Syndey LoRenc (2).
Janet Beaudin tallied 14 points for the Mystics followed by Sierra LaFlair (4), Ally Moore (2) and Emma Henry (1).
SENIOR FINAL 4 SET
The Heat gained its first win of the year and the Mavs held off a furious Knicks rally to advance to the semi-finals of the Senior League Playoffs of the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Spring Basketball program at the Thomas P. Luckie Sr. Court. Wednesday’s schedule will see the Mavs face the top-seeded Spurs at 6:30 p.m., the Heat face the second seed Nets at 7:30 p.m. with the Championship Game and awards to follow the semis.
Heat (65) Thunder(42)- Four times during the regular season the Heat had a lead in the fourth quarter and could not gain the win. But facing the Mavs it was never in doubt as they jumped to a 29-14 halftime lead and cruised to the win. Aaron Armstrong led the way with 23 points with Jack Manke scoring 14, David Odendahl 11 and Brandon Lorenc 9. Matt Piercey completed his club career where many hours of hard work helped to craft his game with 18 points to lead the Thunder with Trent Saumier adding 12.
Heat (65)- Gray 1-0-2, Lorenc 3-1-0-9, Armstrong 7-2-3-23, Odendahl 4-1-0-11, Manke 7-0-14, Farar 1-1-1-6, Totals 23-5-4-65
Thunder (42)- Molinari, D 1-1-3, Kroeger 1-0-2, Jordan, K 2-1-0-7, Saumier 6-0-12, Piercey 5-2-2-18, Totals 15-3-3-42
Mavs (67) Knicks (63) -The Mavs held off the Knicks who cut a 20-point fourth quarter deficit to three with eight seconds left as Ryan Vollmer paced the way with 19 points and Josh Liebstien added 16. Colin Ross led the Knicks comeback in a typical hustling effort scoring 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter comeback with Josh Farar adding 19.
Mavs (67)- Liebstien 8-0-16, Rogers 2-1-2-9, Vollmer 3-3-4-19, Cote 2-0-4, Brady 2-1-5, Mayette 3-2-8, Molinari 3-0-6- Totals- 22-4-9-67
Knicks (63)- Ross, C 8-1-2-21, Hammond 2-0-4, Stewart 3-1-0-9, Johnson 2-0-4, O’Such 0-2-0-6, Farar 8-3-19, Totals 23-4-5-63
The Nets and the Thunder both used the comeback trail as the OBGC Sr. Basketball League completed its regular season Monday evening. The win for the Nets gave them the second seed while the Thunder win the third seed in the play-offs.
Nets (63) Heat (59) OT- The Nets used an 18-11 final stanza to force overtime and gain the win. Jimmy Robinson led the way with 22 points; Jake Putney added 21 and Connor Badlam 12. The Heat was led by Jack Manke with 22 points and 20 from Josh Farar.
Nets (63)- Robinson 8-1-3-22, Putney 9-1-0-21, Adams 1-0-2, Badlam 2-2-2-12, Arduine 3-0-6, Totals 23-4-6-63
Heat (59)- Manke 11-0-22, Farar 8-1-1-20, Mayette 3-1-7, Kroeger 1-2-0-8, Molinari, D 1-0-2, Totals 24-3-2-59
Thunder (68) Mavs (67) - Matt Piercey scored a driving lay-up in traffic with eight seconds left and the Thunder survived a potential game-winning shot by the Mavs for the win. Piercey finished with 42 points to lead the Thunder with Will Kroeger adding 12.
The Mavs were led by 24 points from Josh Farar, 19 from Dakota Brady and 16 from Riley Luckie including 4 three-pointers in a subbing role.
Thunder (68)- Molinari 3-0-6, Kroeger 0-4-0-12, Lesperance 1-0-2, Jordan, Ko. 2-0-4, Piercey, M. 14-3-5-42, Sargent, T. 1-0-2, Totals 21-7-5-68
Mavs (67)- Brady 2-5-0-19, Luckie 2-4-0-16, Farar 10-1-1-24, Adams 2-0-4, Mayette 2-0-4 Totals 18-10-1-67
Play-off Schedule- 6/4/14- 7 p.m. - Thunder vs. Heat, 8 p.m.- Mavs vs. Knicks.
North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown and Villanova scored wins in Elementary League action to set the stage for crossover action.
North Carolina 27 - Maryland 19: Justice McIntyre and David Vernsey played well sending the Tar Heels to the semi finals. Playing well for the Terapins were Chris Perry and Jacob Farley.
Duke 23 Syracuse 20: Tristan Lovely, Robbie Downie and Alex Worden all played great for Duke. Nick Davidson and Carson Ramie led the Cuse with tough defense.
Villanova 43 St. John’s 24: The top seeded Cats, led by Chris Downs Sam Roiger and Ryan Jones, rolled into the semi finals. Playing hard for the Red Storm were Hugh Colburn and Isaiah Smith.
Georgetown 28 - Seton Hall 24: The Hoyas received strong play from Mitchell McCarthy, Nick McRoberts and Kamden Johnson.. Seton Hall was led by Alexa Reed and Hannah Washburn.
Players of the Week: Offensive: Tristan Lovely and Chris Downs. Defensive: Justice McIntyre and Sam Roiger. Sportsmanship: Alexa Reed and Hannah Washburn.
Schedule: Villanova vs Duke, North Carolina vs Georgetown
Ohio State and Indiana recorded wins to set the matchups for the Junior League playoffs.
Ohio State 35 Iowa 29: Mesean Johnson had a game high 14 points and Braeden Free chipped in with 13 for the winners.
Iowa was led by Andy Downs game high 22 points and Travis Hitsman and Dustin Brashaw also played leadership roles Hawkeyes.
Indiana 58 Nebraska 57: In the game of the night Noah Strader’s putback with three seconds left sent the Hoosiers into the semi finals. Also contributing in the win were Riley Luckie 21 points and Brogan LaRose with 8 points.
Mecci Johnson and Trent Sargent led the way with Johnson tossing in 33 points and Sargent netting 21.
Players of the Week: Offensive: Mecci Johnson and Andy Downs Defensive. Tavis Hitsman and Noah Strader. Sportsmanship: Dustin Brashaw and Cooper Hunter.
Schedule: 6:30 Michigan vs Indiana, 7:30 Michigan State vs Ohio State. 8:30 championship