HEUVELTON - When Heuvelton shoots well this season, the Bulldogs are tough to beat in boys basketball.
And Saturday the Bulldogs, under the direction of Josh McAllister and his assistant Dave Bayne, did just that in a 46-27 win over Lisbon in the championship game at the 20th Annual Al Gutterson Memorial Tournament.
Playing Lisbon like a week ago, I was a little nervous coming in. But we quickly hit two threes and defensively we played very solid basketball, said McAllister after his team improved to 8-2 on the season.
Right now, this team is playing well on both sides of the ball. We are playing great team defense and were getting contributions from many players. Lisbon is lengthy with their 1-3-1 zone and we attacked it well. The biggest key, however, is were limiting our breakdowns and making them smaller.
The Bulldogs hit the first two baskets in the game both threes to set the tone and ran out to a 12-8 lead. Co-MVP Dedrick Johnson fired in a three with 1:50 to play in the second quarter for a 20-8 lead as Heuvelton had a 9-0 run to head into the lockerroom ahead 21-8.
Heuvelton, which hit seven threes in the game eventually led 32-16 after three.
Defensively, Im happy that we held a very good offensive team that didnt miss to 46 points. But offensively, you can win scoring 27 points in a game. Heuveltons depth and defense was a big key for them, said LCS Coach Sean Backus whose team fell to 3-4.
Johnson paced Heuvelton with 18 points including five threes. He scored six in the first quarter and seven in the second quarter. Tournament Co MVP Mike Guardino scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half. All Tournament Team pick Cody Holland chipped in seven.
Adam Felt tallied 13 points for Lisbon. All Tournament selections James Darcy and Jimmy Robinson finished with five and three.Gouverneur claimed the consolation game 65-47 over Hammond.
In the JV tournament, Morristown rolled past Gouverneur 52-21 in the championship game and Heuvelton topped Lisbon 52-48.
Gouverneur 65, Hammond 47: The Wildcats broke a 14-14 first quarter tie with a 23-6 run enroute to their second win of the season.
We played everyone in the Central but Potsdam and we should have beat Canton. Our division is extremely tough, said Gouverneur coach Justin Young whose team improved to 2-7.
Devin Cox scored 10 of his 15 points in the second quarter pull-away for the Wildcats. Mark Horne and All Tourney Team selection Troy Gates added 16 points. Curt LaPlant finished with nine and Anthony Way added seven.
All Tourney team selection Nolan Martin scored 19 points for Hammond (3-6). Darin Bresett added 10 while Brock Tulley chipped in seven.
Rockets Win JV Title
Morristown claimed the Junior Varsity title jumping to a 22-2 first quarter lead against Gouverneur en route to a 52-21 win.
Tournament MVP Ryan Vollmer generated 15 points and ran the point effectively for the Rockets. Jacob Fox finished with a team high 18 points while James Richards added six and Jake VanArnam added five and earned the All Tourney team selection. Ian Bailey scored four points after a solid two way game in the opener against Heuvelton where he scored seven points and played exceptional defense.
All Tourney team selection Jordan Chambers scored seven points for Gouverneur. All Tourney team pick Nathan Drake and Braden Fenlong each scored four,
Heuvelton JVs 52, Lisbon JVs 48: Michael Martin delivered a three pointer with 1:48 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Heuvelton a 44-41 lead as the Bulldogs used a 22-13 fourth quarter edge in the consolation game victory. Martin scored 20 points pacing the Bulldogs while Andrew Streeter added 12. Tyler Lytle added six and Cole Piercey added five including a big fourth quarter three. Will Tennant finished with three points and played excellent defense earning All Tourney honors.
Alex Gravlin scored 14 earning All Tourney honors for Lisbon, Donnie Duprey added nine points while Koby Jordan added eight. Adam Kelley, Coleman Smith and Evan Robinson each netted four.