LISBON - Last season Canton Central enjoyed the experience of playing for a championship at Lisbon Centrals James Darcy Memorial Tournament.
On Tuesday night, Coach Bill Porters Golden Bears (7-6) enjoyed the experience of expertly executing a game plan to secure a 50-42 title game victory over the Golden Knights(10-2) who entered the contest with a number 13 ranking in this weeks New York State Sports Writers Class D Poll.
The Golden Bears limited Lisbon to four points in the first quarter, used quick ball movement to set up inside scoring, took a 28-14 lead when Mike Couglar banked home a runner down the lane at the halftime buzzer, gained a 7-0 edge from three-point range and received a huge defensive rebound from Ryan Caldwell and two free throws from Evan LaPoint and Louden Porter after Lisbon had reduced an 18-point deficit to six with 1:26 left in the game.
Our defense was excellent today. We played their main scorers in Jimmy Robinson and Jake Putney very tight and the other guys a little looser so we could help out, said Canton Coach Bill Porter after the Golden Bears won their second tournament of the season following up a title at their own Burkman Holiday Classic.
Offensively we hit a lot of big shots and the best thing about that was that the shots came from a lot of different people. We are putting together a nice season.
Scott Wight, who scored nine of his 15 points in the second quarter after netting a game-winning buzzer beater in Mondays win over Salmon River, was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Evan LaPoint, who served as the focal point of the Bears passing in the high and low post, was named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring eight points.
Louden Porter and Francesco Palumbo each buried three-three-points scoring 11 and 14 points in the title game.
Lisbon was represented on the All-Tournament Team by Jimmy Robinson and Jake Putney. Antoine Domino of Salmon River, which won the consolation game 64-42 over Hammond, and Hammonds Brock Tulley rounded out the all-star squads.
Salmon River won the Junior Varsity Championship over Lisbon 44-28 and Canton bested Hammond 62-17 in the consolation game.
Canton really played a great game tonight. I told our guys after the game that it was a good matchup and that we might split if we played 10 times, said Lisbon Coach Sean Backus.
We had a lot of blown defensive assignments in the first half, had too many turnovers and Canton shot the ball very well. I looked up once and we were down 18 but the guys didnt let up and came back. I was very happy with that.
Lisbon gained a 28-22 margin in the second half led by Ryan Buckley who scored 12 of his team-high 16 points after the break. Putney (4 assists) tallied six of his eight points in the second half, Robinson finished with eight points and 17 rebounds, Tristan Vine scored four of his six points after the break along with Donnie Duprey.
SR 64 - Hammond 42: Kason Tarbell tallied eight of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter leading the Shamrocks 21-6 run. Russ Oakes netted 11 points in the victory for Salmon River which could very well be the best 4-8 team in the NAC in many years. Jordan Wood netting seven and Antoine Domino and Tyler Brooks scoring six apiece. Hammonds high energy duo of Brock Tulley and Zech Cunningham scored 13 and 11 points. Devon Leach netted six in the second half and Jaylyn Raglin added five for the 4-9 Devils.
SR WINS JV TITLE
The trio of Ben Kelly (12 points), Nick Hynes (11 points) and Jacob Myers (8 points) led Salmon Rivers JV Championship Game win. Kane Jordan and Ryan Mason each scored six points for Lisbon.
Hynes was honored as the Tournament MVP and Kelly made the All-Tournament Team which also included Jake Pellerin and Hunter Forsythe of Lisbon, Dane Ames of Canton which downed Hammond 62-17 in the consolation game and Jacob Tate of Hammond.
Ames tallied 13 points for Canton in the consolation game with Isaiah Davis netting eight. Tate scored a game-high 17 for Hammond.
BIG POTSDAM WIN
POTSDAM - A more defensive approach helped carry the Potsdam Central varsity boys basketball team past non-league rival Indian River on Tuesday. We really focused on defense in practice and tonight we really came to play defensively, said coach Brooks Bigwarfe after the Sandstoners outlasted the Warriors 48-46 in overtime. This is a huge win for us going forward. Senior guard Nick Vaccaro, who led all scorers with 15 points, drilled four of his five three-pointers in the course of the fourth quarter overtime as Potsdam regrouped from being outscored 17-8 in the third quarter to tie the game at 41-41 and force overtime. Dequan Pitts added 11 points toward the winning effort followed and Shelton Williams paced Indian River (8-4) with 14 points.
Daniel Angelo and Malik Tillman each netted 12 for the Indians.
SLC 68, P-H 33: Josh White fired through a career-high 31 points for the Larries who gained their first win of the season. Wyatt Snell hit four threes scoring 12 for P-H (2-9)