OGDENSBURG - The states number-two ranked Class B Boys Basketball team impressively established itself as the 2013-2014 NAC Central Division champions on Friday night at home before a standing room crowd on Senior Night and Coaches vs Cancer night at OFAs Bill Merna Court.
The game opened on an unhospital note for the resident Blue Devils (13-0 NAC, 16-1) when Seth Pinkerton, a disruptive defender and offensive energizer, drew two fouls in the first 59 seconds against a Massena (12-2, 14-4) squad looking to gain a share of the division title.
On most nights, for most teams, the immediate foul trouble would pose a significant problem. But not on this night for a very special team. Conor Hannan quickly jumped into the frey as Coach Mark Henrys squad scrambled Massenas offensive efforts, the scored the first 19 points, opened a 34-3 lead and cruised to an 86-40 victory.
Before the game Coach Nery honored seniors Conor Hannan, Matt Piercey, Colin Ross and Mitchel Barber and Cheerleading Coach Jackie Pinkerton recognized her seniors Mackenzie Bresett, Janelle LaRue, Hannah Leeder and Jessica Logan.
The Devils will look to complete a 14-0 Central Division season today hosting Salmon River in makeup action which opens with a 1 p.m. junior varsity tipoff.
People talk a lot about our offense because we score a lot of points. But it is all about defense and all about the team, said Coach Henry. Seth (Pinkerton) got in foul trouble and Conor Hannan steps in and we just play a great defensive first quarter. Colin Ross continues to shoot the ball very well and played excellent defense staying with Bailey (Bailey LaBarge).
Ross (16 points, 5 assists, 7 steals) buried three of his four threes on the night in a 13 point first quarter and Matt Piercey (8 steals, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) buried five threes scoring a game-high 20 points.
Kinnon LaRose continued as the leader of the serpentine defense snatching 12 steals in a a triple double which also included 18 points with 7-8 foul shooting and 10 rebounds. Jack Manke tallied 13 points with seven rebounds, Hannon buried a pair of threes for six points, DaKota Brady netted four points, Justin Ross hit a three, Seth Pinkerton and Al Fisher each netted two points and Tristan Moore added one.
Logan Deshanes 10 points led Massena with Dante Viskovich scoring eight Bailey LaBarge finishing with seven. Zevon Viskovich tallied five followed by Rhoades Tarbell with four, Rory Corcoran with two and Daniel Wing with one.
Massena JVs 57, OFA JVs 36: The junior Raiders deadlocked the NAC Central race by handing OFA its first division loss.
Xavier Goyco tallied 16 points and directed the Raiders offense through their athletic front line. Nick McKeel netted a game-high 21 points, Nick Currier netted seven points and James Donnelly added five.
Peyton Lalone tallied a 18 points for the Devils. Joey Dalton netted six and Nate McCarney and Cale Sargent each scored five.
In the other Central boys basketball action on Friday, Potsdam beat Gouverneur 60-32, Salmon River outscored Canton Central 60-49 and Franklin Academy downed St. Lawrence Central 58-32.
Potsdam 60, Gouverneur 32: In Gouverneur, the Sandstoners (9-9, 7-7) bolted out to a 17-3 lead by the end of the first quarter before going on to win their regular season finale. Nick Vaccaro fired through a game-high 16 points, including four three-pointers, to spark the Potsdam offense. Jake Mitchell tallied 10 points followed by Brian Cole with seven and Jack Byrnes with six. Matt Stone and Dequan Pitts chipped in five points each. Travis Stephenson netted another four and Garrett Mattimore three while Ethan VanBlommestein rounded out the Sandstoner scoring with two.
Dustin Hutton led the Wildcats (6-11, 4-9) with 10 points. Nathan Drake contributed nine followed by Curt LaPlant with five.
Both teams will now get set to compete in the Class B playoffs which tip-off with a first-round game on Wednesday.
Salmon River 60, Canton 49: In Fort Covington, the teams were tied at 20-20 heading into halftime but the host Shamrocks put together a 25-17 fourth-quarter run to earn the win. Josh Hynes tossed through a game-high 21 points in the winning effort, including a trio of three-pointers. Antoine Domino added 17 followed by Kason Tarbell with eight, Rus Oakes with seven, Brandon Burdash with four, Zach Smith with two and Jordan Wood with one..
Louden Porter netted 19 points to lead the Golden Bears (7-10, 4-10). Tom Christy and Scott Wight added four points each followed by Mike Couglar with six while Ryan Caldwell and Evan LaPoint contributed four points each.
The Shamrocks (8-8, 6-7) close out the regular this afternoon at OFA before both teams get set for the Class B playoffs which get underway with a first-round game on Wednesday.
FA 58, SLC 32: At Malone, the host Huskies (14-4, 10-4) built a commanding 21-5 lead by the end of the first quarter as Alex Johnson connected for a game-high 13 points followed by Jordan Yando with 11 and Austin Lamay with 10.
Shane Fuentes paced the Larries (2-16, 0-14) with 12 points. Josh White added nine followed by Bradley Francis with three. Cody Meacham, Nate Arquette, Isaac Jandreau and Trent Saumier each finished with two.
Both teams will now gear up for their respective sectionals as the Larries open the Class C playoffs on Wednesday while the Huskies get set to take on Massena in the Class A final at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse on Monday, February 17, starting at 7:45 p.m.
In the lone Central Division girls basketball matchup on Friday, Canton Central pulled away to a 66-42 decision at home over Salmon River.
Tori Daley led the way offensively with a game-high 19 points as the Lady Golden Bears ran out to a 22-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. Kali Frank contributed 12 points followed by Rachel Sanderson with 10 as Canton closed out the Central Division season at 13-3 and improved to 14-3 overall heading into an interdivisional encounter at home tonight against Class D contender Heuvelton starting at 7 p.m.
Jaden Mitchell fired through 16 points, including four three-pointers, and Taylor Francis netted another15 points, including three threes, to anchor the Salmon River offense. Kwiio King added seven points while Jocelyn Martin and Brittany Brooks closed out the Lady Shamrock scoresheet with two points each.
The Lady Shamrocks (4-10, 4-10) will now get set to compete in the Section 10 Class B playoffs starting Tuesday, February 18.