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POTSDAM -Ogdensburg Free Academy Basketball Coach Mark Henry might just use his halftime talk from Thursday’s game at Potsdam for his pre-game talk for Monday’s home game against Massena.

Against the Stoners, the Devils (2-1 NAC, 5-1) bolted away from a 37-37 halftime tie on an 18-4 third quarter run and recorded a 72-49 victory to rebound from Friday’s loss at Malone.

“We didn’t make any big adjustments at the half we just stepped up our intensity on defense and we were able to get out in transition. Matt Piercey and Colin Ross played excellent defense in the second half. Breton LaRose continues to score and rebound very well and Tyler Knowlton gave us a nice lift off the bench in both halves,” said Coach Henry.

“We are going to need a strong defensive effort against Massena which has a lot of size and we will need to execute our halfcourt offense much better.”

Coach Henry will be looking for the same offensive balance as the Devils’ offense against Potsdam featured game-highs of 17 points and eight rebounds by Breton LaRose, who also passed out three assists and 16 points, three assists and two steals by Matt Piercey who scored 14 points in the second half.

Pat Cosmo (5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Kinnon LaRose (5 rebounds, 3 assists) each scored 15 points, Tyler Knowlton netted six and Colin Ross (3 assists, 2 steals) added three.

Konner Bigwarfe buried three threes scoring 14 points and passed out nine assists for Potsdam and Owen Mitchell scored 14 first-half points on strong moves around the goal before enountering foul trouble.

Will Coleman netted eight points for the Stoners (0-2 NAC) and Shawn Clark added five second-half points.

“We played a very good first half and we outscored them from three-point range six to four but OFA’s balance and their defense in the second half was just too much tonight,” said Potsdam Coach Brooks Bigwarfe.

“Going in, I thought we might struggle early but we are looking to build toward a peak at the end of the year.”

Massena and Malone both climbed to 3-0 in divisional play with wins on Thursday.

OFA JV’s 39, Potsdam JV’s 32: Jon Rogers scored eight points to a lead balanced winning offense as the Scott Sargent-coached Devils stayed unbeaten in a defensive duel. Dakota Brady added seven followed by Tristan Moore and Al Fisher with six points each. Nick Sweeney, Peyton Lalone and Dom Yerdon closed out the OFA scoring with four points apiece.

Evan Cutler pace the Potsdam offense with six points followed by Brian Cole with five and Ashler Herrick with four.

Massena 70, Gouverneur 44: Joe LaBelle led the way offensively for the Raiders (2-0 NAC) with a 21-point outing that included three three-pointers.

Zack Rusaw tossed through another 10 points followed by David Phillips and Zevon Viskovich with eight.

Mark Horne led the Wildcats (1-5, 1-3) with 13 points, including a pair of threes, followed by Devon Cox with 1- and Troy Gates with seven.

Malone 79, Canton 50: The visiting Huskies (6-0, 4-0 NAC) went on a decisive 21-8 second-quarter run and cruised as Mitch Gallagher led all scorers with 19 points.

Kody Mulverhill and Austin Lamay added 13 points as the Huskies improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the division.

Bryant Wentworth paced Canton (2-2) with 17 points followed by Eddie Bortnick and Evan LaPoint with eight points.

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