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OFA Stays One-Back In NAC Central Race

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OFA Boys Basketball Coach Mark Henry pointed to a lot of things his Blue Devils could have done better in a 78-32 victory over Salmon River in Northern Athletic Conference Central Division play on Thursday evening.

One in particular was ball control but he was delighted with the way his team moved the ball and the way sophomore center Jack Manke led a solid showing the by the reserves.

“We had too many turnovers tonight. We’ve got to take care of the basketball,” Henry noted after his Devils (7-1, 4-1 Central) took a 23-7 lead after the first quarter and used a eight point second quarter from Manke to take a 47-11 lead.

“We moved the ball well and Jack Manke gave us a solid effort off the bench.”

The Devils stayed one game back of unbeaten Malone (8-0, 6-0) which beat Massena 59-38 and Potsdam bested Canton 81-46 in the other NAC Central game.

Manke finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals in the contest where OFA received 16 points and 12 boards from Breton LaRose, 11 points from Colin Ross, 14 points and four steals from Matt Piercey and 11 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and three steals from Kinnon LaRose.

Pat Cosmo chipped in seven points and four rebounds while Seth Pinkerton had three steals and two points.Josh Hynes scored 11 points for Salmon River, Kiio Jacobs added 10 while Russ Oakes had six.

In junior varsity action, Dakota Brady scored 10 points in a 62-43 win over Salmon River. Tristan Moore and Peyton Lalone each logged nine while Jon Rogers and Nick Sweeney each added eight.

Al Fisher posted six and Justin Russ and Ryan Adams added four and three.

Antoine Domino scored 15 and Nick Hynes tallied 13 for Salmon River JV’s and Zach Smith added seven.

Malone 59, Massena 38: The Huskies sealed the win with a 19-10 fourth quarter after leading 19-7 after one quarter and 31-17 at halftime at Massena (3-2, 2-2 NAC Central).

Mitchell Gallagher generated 13 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, collected three assists and two steals for the Huskies and Jon Dunleavy added 11 points and eight boards.

Joe Labella hit five three’s in a 17 point effort for Massena. Tyler Haas added 11 points including seven of eight from the fouline and posted four boards, four assists and three steals. Zach Rusaw generated six points and 13 rebounds while Zevon Viskovitch added four points and seven boards.

In junior varsity action, Massena won 47-41 over Malone.

Potsdam 81 Canton 46: Establishing its identity brought Potsdam instant dividends.

The Stoners used a swarming fullcourt press to trigger a 30-point first quarter.

The Potsdam offense featured outside inside leadership as Konner Bigwarfe scored 24 points with four three-pointers and nine assists, Shawn Clark collected 20 points and 10 rebounds and Will Coleman tallied 16 points. Evan Lapoint tallied 17 points to lead Canton (1-3) and netted nine of 12 free throws while Eddie Bortnick scored eight points and Nick Archibald added six.

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