PLATTSBURGH - The Potsdam Central and Massena Central boys basketball teams produced contrasting results in the first round of the Larry Cowan Memorial Section 7-10 Challenge staged at the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse on Friday.
Potsdam 49, Saranac Central 24: In the sixth and final game of the day in Plattsburgh, the Sandstoners built a 22-16 lead by halftime then stepped up defensively to allow just eight second half points in downing the Chiefs.
We really set the tone defensively with four fullcourt press in the second half, noted coach Brooks Bigwarfe after his squad posted its third straight win.
Shawn Clark anchored the Potsdam offense with 15 points. Konnor Bigwarfe tossed through another 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Will Coleman finished with nine followed by Owen Mitchell with six. Nick Vaccaro and Matt Sutliffe added two points apiece and Jacob Bryant closed out the Sandstoner scoresheet with a free throw.
Connor Christopherson and John May paced the Chiefs with eight points each.
Now 3-2 overall, the Sandstoners conclude the Challenge today against Peru at SUNY Potsdams Jerry Welsh Gymnasium starting at 1 p.m.
AuSable Valley 64, Massena 50: The Raiders worked their way to a 33-24 halftime lead but were unable to stop the Patriots in the second half. Tyler Haas led Massena with 12 points. Rob Cameron and Joey LaBelle chipped in 10 points each followed by Rhoades Tarbell with seven, Xavier Viskovich with six and Austin with five.
The trio of Goodnough (19 points), Cosgrove (18) and Douglas (12) anchored the winning offense.
The Raiders will look to gain a split at the Challenge this afternoon against Saranac Central starting at 2:30 p.m. at Jerry Welsh Gym.
In the other first round games at SUNY Plattsburgh on Friday, St. Regis Falls downed Seton Catholic 63-45, Franklin Academy outlasted Peru 58-56, OFA beat Beekmantown 76-48 and Ticonderoga turned back Tupper Lake 48-40.
SRF 63, Seton 45: Brandon Votra tossed through 24 points and Caleb Green netted another 21 to lead the Saints (8-0).
FA 58, Peru 56: In the closest game of the day, Jon Dunlavey had 18 points and Mitch Gallagher struck for another 12 as the Huskies (9-0) built a 26-21 halftime lead and made it stand for the win.
OFA 76, Beekmantown 46: The Blue Devils steadily pulled away from a 35-19 halftime lead as Breton LaRose fired through 21 points followed by Pat Cosmo with 17.
Ticonderoga 48, Tupper Lake 40: Mitch Keniston and Anson Gagnier scored 14 points apiece in the losing cause.
The rest of today schedules at Jerry Welsh Gym will see Lake Placid face SRF at 11:30 a.m., Beekmantown play FA at 4 p.m., Tupper Lake take on Seton Catholic at 5:30 p.m. and OFA go up against AuSable Valley at 7 p.m.
In the opening round of the 34th annual Burkman Classic, host Canton Central pulled away to a 77-34 win over Hermon-DeKalb and will take on Edwards-Knox in the title game on Monday at 4:15 p.m. E-K knocked off defending tournament champion Madrid-Waddington 51-42 in the other Friday night matchup. The consolation game between M-W and H-D is slated to tip-off at 3 p.m. on Monday.
Canton 77, H-D 34: The Bears ran out to a 48-17 lead by halftime and never looked back to advance to the title game. Bryant Wentworth and Evan LaPoint anchored the Canton offense with 19 points each. Nick Archibald added another 12 while Scott Wight and Francesco Palumbo chipped in eight points apiece at the Bears improved to 4-4 overall.
Zach Robinson and Macaulay Snell scored 11 points each for the Green Demons followed by Cody Merritt with eight.
E-K 51, M-W 42: The Cougars trailed 36-34 heading into the fourth quarter where they reeled off the first 12 points and built a 51-36 lead before surrendering the final six points of the game. Caleb Dandrow, who scored 16 of his points in the second half, and Tyler Tressider had three three-pointers each in leading the Cougars with 18 points apiece. Christopher Davison added six points as E-K improved to 7-0 overall.
Colin OBryan paced the Yellowjackets with 13 points followed by Maurice Rease with nine. Richard Wright and Terry Crump added six points each as M-W slipped to 5-2 overall.
M-W and Canton will meet in the JV championship game at 12:30 a.m. while H-D and E-K square off in the JV consolation game.
On the opening night of the annual Al Gutterson Memorial Tournament in Heuvelton, the host Bulldogs outscored Hammond 80-59 and Lisbon beat defending champion Gouverneur 44-37 to set up an All-NAC West title game this evening starting at 7:15 p.m. The consolation game between Gouverneur and Hammond is slated to begin at 3:45 p.m.
Lisbon 44, Gouverneur 37: Jimmy Robinson paced Lisbon with 13 points, Adam Felt finished 4-4 at the line in the fourth to finish with 10. James Darcy scored seven of his nine in the second half. Jake Putney chipped in five.
Troy Gates scored 13 and Mark Horne added 11 for Gouverneur (1-7). Anthony Way added six.
Heuvelton 80, Hammond 59: In a game which also counted as an NAC West Division match-up, Heuvelton (6-2, 5-2) cruised to a win keyed by a 47-27 first halftime lead.
Mike Guardino delivered 27 points and Dedrick Johnson drained six threes in a 20 point effort. Cody Holland added 13 while Chris Power provided 10 points.
Nolan Martin, Ryan Proven and Brock Tulley all scored 14 points for Hammond (3-5, 3-4 NAC West). Darin Bresett added 13.