Surveying the statistics after Monday nights impressive 72-44 NAC Central Division basketball win over Massena, Ogdensburg Free Academy Coach Mark Henry saw a lot of statistics which he liked a great deal.
And two he absolutely loved: the Blue Devils 18-9 advantage in offensive rebounding and their eight turnovers to 18 by Massena.
There were a lot of long shots taken tonight and which creates long rebounds. We were able to run down a lot of those rebounds and as a team we rebounded well and shot very well, said Coach Henry after the Devils used a 15-0 start as another key to taking 4-1 record in division play and handing Massena its first loss after a 3-0 start.
This was very good win and it was all about team. Everyone contributed and our bench did a good job. Especially Jack Manke, he had a nice game inside.
Manke contributed his five points and two blocked shots in the Devils 17-4 first quarter. The Raiders equalized the play in the second quarter and scored the first six points of the third quarter sparked by two steals and two layups by Joey LaBelle at the top of an extended zone trap. But the Devils answered with three three-pointers and eventually hit eight of their season-high 13 threes on the night in the second half.
Breton LaRose buried four of his five (5-12) threes in the second half enroute to a game-high 31 points with 10 rebounds. Kinnon LaRose (7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals) went 4-10 in threes in a 14-point effort and Matt Piecey went 3-6 from three-point range scoring nine points and passed out nine assists.
Colin Ross (4 rebounds) netted six points and Seth Pinkerton added two.
We knew we would have weather their opening wave but we just didnt handle it well. They are a very good team, said Massena Coach Tom Miller who received excellent leadership from LaBelle who delivered 12 points and three steals and committed no turnovers in 30 minutes and Zack Rusaw who tallied 12 points on 6-13 shooting with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Rob Cameron tallied six points, Xavier Viskovitch contributed two points, six rebounds and three assists; Rhoades Tarbell added five points and five rebounds, Tyler Haas netted five points and Zevon Viskovitch added three points.
OFA hosts Salmon River on Thursday while the Raiders host undefeated Malone which defeated Gouverneur on Monday.
The OFA JVs also enjoyed a flying start as they took a 16-2 lead and stayed undefeated in a 57-24 win. The backcourt trio of Tristan Moore (6 points, 4 assists, 5 steals), Peyton Lalonde (12 points, 4 assists, 3 steals) and Jon Rogers (11 points, 9-10 FT shooting, 3 steals) led the Devils and Nick Sweeney and Nick Green followed with eight and seven points. DaKota Brady tallied six points.
Massena was led by a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double by Nicholas McKee who netted 5-8 shots; seven points and 12 rebounds by Dante Viskovitch, seven points by Nathaniel Currier and four assists from Bailey LaBarge.
The Devil JVs also recorded also defeated Chateaugay 46-25 and St. Lawrence Central 61-21 at the Brushton-Moira Tournament on Saturday. The Devils rallied from a 16-4 first quarter deficit against Chateaugay and pulled away led by Tristan Moore who scored 10 his 12 points in the second half and 14 points from Nick Sweeney. John Rogers and Justin Rpss eacjh added five points.
Sweeney and DaKota Brady each scored 10 points in the win over SLC.
Potsdam 88, Salmon River 42: Brooks Bigwarfe drained four three-pointers in leading the Potsdam offense with 26 points. Shawn Clark worked the paint for 20 points and Russ Oakes anchored the Salmon River offense with 12 points.
Malone 75, Gouv 25: Leading the way in the scoring column for the Huskies was junior Alex Johnson, who tossed in 13 points.
and added three steals. Troy Gates led Gouverneur (1-4 league, 1-6 overall) with seven points.