LISBON - Once Heuvelton figured out how to protect the ball against Lisbons aggressive defensive tactics, the Bulldogs went about the business of scoring a 54-38 victory in Thursdays NAC West Boys Basketball action.
A night where Edwards-Knox remained undefeated, Morristown posted a win over Clifton-Fine and Harrisville downed Hammond.
The Knights scored the first nine points of the game and opened up a 14-5 lead with 5:22 remaining in the second quarter over the befuddled Bulldogs.
You have credit Lisbon they came out in a different defense than we expected and practiced for. We had to basically learn in the fly tonight and the guys really put it together, said HCS Coach Josh McAllister after his team climbed to 4-2 in divisional play and dropped the Knights to 2-3.
Then we extended our defense which we dont normally do and it really worked well.
The combination of the Bulldogs offensive and defensive adjustments dramatically changed the flow of the game in the second half where HCS rang up a 36-20 advantage while committing just five turnovers, completely disrupting the Knights offense and finding the range with their three-point shooting.
Cody Holland operated equally well on the perimeter and in the interior scoring 16 second-half points, Chris Power netted 11 second half points hitting two three pointers and five of six free throws and Dedrick Johnson finished with three threes and scored eight of his 11 points in the second half.
Mike Guardino delivered seven points and guards Jon Sloan and Jack Tennant added three points and one point while leading the swarming Heuvelton fullcourt press. Lisbons scoring came on 15 points from Adam Felt who buried four threes, 14 from center Jimmy Robinson and nine from Jake Putney.
The Lisbon JVs put together their best game of the season to gain a 37-20 victory. Alex Graveline and Donnie Duprey combined for 10 and nine points and Mike Martin led Heuvelton with five points.
E-K 78, Hermon-DeKalb 47: The unbeaten Cougars (6-0 NAC West) took a 18-10 first quarter lead and made it 43-19 at halftime against the Demons (2-4, 2-3 NAC West). Kaden Dandrow scored 24 points and Tyler Tresidder added 13 for E-K. Ryan Gollinger added 10 and Nick Davison added eight.Zach Robinson scored 16 for H-D. Macaulay Snell chipped in 13 while Cody Merritt added 10.
Harrisville 56, Hammond 28: Jared Dreythaler scored 26 points firing up six threes while Nathan Weaver tossed in 16 with three threes pacing the visiting Pirates (4-1).
Darin Bresett scored 13 points and Nolan Martin added six for Hammond.
Morristown 58, C-F 43: Dakota Marshall generated 15 points, Devin Dulmage added 12 and Zach Kanaly chipped in seven as the Rockets (1-6, 1-5 NAC West) received scoring from nine players in the their first win of the season. Ryan Volmer tallied six points and Dalton Hersey added five for the winners who led 31-9 at halftime.
Carl Provost scored 13 and Chase Koster added 11 for Clifton-Fine (0-8, 0-5 NAC West).