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The day shift at Saturday’s Section 10 Boys Class A-Rama at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse qualified as the Lazarus games.

Both Lisbon and Madrid-Waddington revived their seasons from the brink of oblivion.

Lisbon overcame an 18-2 deficit against Harrisville and secured a 45-43 victory on a Alex Gravlin’s putback with four seconds to play.

Defending Class D Champion M-W staged a methodical comeback from a deficits of 23-13 and 41-28 and scored the last seven points of the game to prevail 59-56.

The Knights and Jackets will test their resolve on Thursday in the Class D2 Championship game. The Class D1 Championship game will for Franklin County bragging rights as top-seeded St. Regis Falls, which bested Heuvelton 55-38, faces off with Chateaugay which dropped Edwards-Knox 64-54.

LISBON, M-W REVIVE CAUSES

“Harrisville is such a gritty team and in the first quarter they were just making every shot. I told the guys that we had to keep playing hard and control the boards and Jake Putney got us going with two big threes in the second quarter,” said Lisbon Coach Sean Backus of his team which outscored Harrisville 32-18 over the course of the second and third quarters but needed Gravlin’s decisive putback with four seconds to play after the Pirates scored four straight points to tie the game at 43-43 with 13.1 seconds to play in the 45-43 win.

“At the end, Harrisville just kept making plays. Alex Gravlin played a lot of today because Ryan Buckley was in foul trouble and he was very poised and productive.”

But the Knights still needed one more stop to subdue the Pirates’ upset bid and it came from Kobe Jordan who deflected a long inbounds pass near midcourt.

Putney buried two threes scoring 10 his 18 points in the second quarter and Jimmy Robinson delivered an explosive 15-point, 15-rebound double-double with 8-11 free throw shooting, three steals and three assists. Alex Gravlin finished with seven points and six rebounds. Donnie Duprey converted a key drive for 43-39 lead and Ryan Buckley (2 points) grabbed eight rebounds.

Tim Fowler ignited Harrisville’s fast start scoring eight of his 18 points in the first quarter and tied the game at 43-43 with a free throw with 13.1 seconds remaining.

Brendan Best, playing his way through an ankle injury, tallied eight of his nine points in the fourth quarter, Zane Mono (8 points) and Chris Sullivan (6 points) each netted a pair of threes and Jared Dreythaler added two points.

Meanwhile, Jake VanArnam buried three long three-pointers in the first quarter and netted seven points in the second quarter sparking the Morristown which controlled the first half with its athleticism.

But at halftime M-W Coach Aaron Jones talked to his team about rebounding.

“I told the guys that we had to box out and stop Morristown’s second chances and we had to avoid bad fouls,” said Coach Jones whose team secured a 59-56 win.

“The guys still felt confident and they kept battling. Zach Brock got big rebounds, our young guards Aaron Armstrong and David Odendahl started the attacking the basket and T.J. Gagnon finished off some nice plays.” The Jackets took their first lead of the game with 43 seconds to play when Jacob Barney buried a three-pointer. Zach Brock, who grabbed 14 of his 15 rebounds on the defensive boards, netted two free throws with 15 seconds to play to complete a game-high 21-point performance with four threes and 18 second-half points. The Jackets then sealed the issue wit two defensive stops.

David Odendahl (6-7 FT shooting) tallied seven of his 14 points in the third quarter, Barney finished with 12 points and five assists and T.J. Gagnon (6 rebounds) tallied eight of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. Armstrong (5 rebounds) added two points.

Jake VanArnam tallied 17 of his 19 points for Morristown in the first half and Zach Kanaly (5-7 FT shooting) tallied all 13 of his points after halftime with seven in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Vollmer (5-6 FT shooting) tallied 13 points as a tempo-setter for the Rockets and Devin Dulmage netted nine points as a quick-jumping force on the force on both backboards. Tyler Delosh chipped in two points.

SAINTS, BULLDOGS ADVANCE

The unbeaten Saints (19-0) secured a ticket to the Class D1 Championship game with the Bulldogs (14-6) on Thursday taking a 20-5 first quarter lead against 10-9 Heuvelton a securing the win with a 11-4 second quarter.

“We got off to a nice start but Heuvelton really played hard. With Brendan Votra getting hurt in a scrimmage with Malone, we were lucky to get such a lead and we’re able to rest him in the second half. With the game moved to Thursday it should give time to mend us because Chateaugay is finally healthy after a battling injuries all season. Tonight, they shot the ball extremely well and now they have depth. Coach Martin will have his team prepared so its going to be a battle,” said SRF coach Justin Todd.

Louis Goodreau jumped started the Saints scoring six of his 17 points in the first quarter and providing six boards and five blocks. Corey LaBounty added 12 points, five rebounds and two assists while Tyler Daggett added 10 points and three assists. Votra finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Ryan Duquette added six points, three assists and three rebounds.

For Heuvelton Jack Palmer scored 14 points and Jeff Arquitt added 11. Cole Piercey chipped in six and Mike Martin added three.

“St. Regis is a very polished team which has five to six guys that can score. Defensively, we played hard but we struggled offensively tonight,” said Heuvelton coach Josh McAllister.

The Chateaugay (14-6) and Edwards-Knox (13-7) game was a battle of runs and momentum shifts.

Chateaugay hit four of their first five three-point attempts taking a 15-5 lead early but Edwards-Knox trimmed the deficit to 20-17 after one and fell behind just 35-31 at halftime.

Seth Young burried a three midway through the third for a 49-36 lead for Chateaugay.

In the fourth quarter, Jeremiah Randall, who hit two fourth quarter threes, cut the deficit to 54-49 with 4:48 left. Chateaugay regained the momentum back when Jordan Martin scored off a steal, Young logged two points after a Cougars miss and Noah Bowes scored two inside for a 61-49.

The Cougars cut the deficit to 61-54 late in the game on a three pointer by Kaden Dandrow.

“The key for us was our defense. We weathered a few of their storms and we shot the ball pretty well from the outside which opened up the inside. Playing St. Regis Falls is going to be fun. We must set the tempo first. Chad Stalter did a great job on Kaden Dandrow and Tyler Jones played Dan Pharoah well. E-K just didn’t give up,” said Chateaugay coach Mike Martin.

Bowes scored 21 points and grabbed eight boards. Youngs had 18 points, six assists and three steals.

Tyler Jones finsihed with eight points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists while Jordan Martin finished with five points,three assists and three steals. Zach Cowen added four points and four boards.

Dandrow scored 14 points for E-K. Randall added 11 while Pharoah chipped in 10. Jake Fenlong and Abe White added eight each.

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