POTSDAM During Ogdensburg Free Academys sectional championship basketball games at SUNY Potsdams Maxcy Hall, Brogan LaRose displays a sign LaRose 3 to support his brothers: Breton, Cavan and Kinnon LaRose.
The full cubic effect was put on display on the court in the fourth quarter of Thursdays 80-48 victory over St. Lawrence Central in the Overall Section 10 semifinals.
The LaRose brothers combined to score 17 points in a 28-10 run that carried the Class B champion Devils (20-1) away from a determined challenge by the Class C champion Larries (10-11), forging momentum for tonights All-NAC Central Division Section 10 Championship game against Massena.
The Class A Raiders (10-8) moved into 7:15 p.m. tipoff with a 64-50 win over Class D champion Madrid-Waddington (16-7). Canton and Salmon River will play another All-Central matchup in the girls championship game at 5:30 p.m.
Breton LaRose buried two threes in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds, which included three offensive tap-ins.
Afterward, the senior was honored as the NAC Central MVP and received the 2013 Joe Jukoski Memorial Award from the NNY Officials Board.
Sparked by three first-half, 3-point field goals by Shane Fuentes, three driving conversions by Josh White in the third quarter and the rebounding, interior scoring and kickout passing of Shane Ramsdell, SLC trailed 50-38 heading into the closing seconds of third quarter.
The Devils, who are ranked fourth in this weeks New York State Class B pool, received a prelude to their pullaway when Matt Piercey buried an improvised jump shot under double coverage at the top of the key as the quarter expired.
The fourth quarter opened with Kinnon and Cavan LaRose hitting consecutive 3-pointers. Kinnon and Breton followed with a steal and block that ignited the Devils vaunted running game.
Piercey finished with 16 points and five assists.
MASSENA 64, MADRID-WADDINGTON 50
It was size versus quickness as No. 3 seed and Class A champion Massena downed No. 2 seed and Class D champion Madrid-Waddington, 64-50, in the second semifinal of the Tournament of Champions.
The Raiders (11-8) will face OFA (20-1) tonight in the Section 10 Overall Finals, where Massena looks to give coach Tom Miller his third overall title by matching up with Blue Devil coach Mark Henry.
Henry is seeking his first title since succeeding Bill Merna for the 2011-12 season.
Madrid-Waddington (16-7) muscled up with the Raiders in the first quarter to lead 15-13.
Down 19-17, Massena went on a 10-0 run keyed by five points from Xavier Viskovich for a 27-19 lead with 2:29 left in the half. Massena eventually led 34-23 at halftime when Joe LaBelle hit three straight free throws.
The third quarter saw M-W trim the deficit to 46-39 on a buzzer-beating three from Randy Wright.
Massenas Zack Rusaw generated a team-high 18 points going 9-for-17 from the field with nine rebounds and two assists, while Greg Thompson led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points.
Labelle tallied 15 points keyed by 3-of-7 three-point shooting and logged five assists.