LISBON - Heading into the final three minutes of Wednesday nights championship of the 15th annual James Darcy Memorial Tournament, host Lisbon and Canton had never been separated by more than five points.
Until the final three minutes Lisbons 3-2 zone defense and Cantons hard-nosed man-to-man and zone combinations had dictated the flow.
Then guard Jake Putney and forward Jimmy Robinson formed an inside outside combination which carried the host Golden Knights to a 47-37 victory and their fourth straight tournament title.
Sparking the Knights to an 11-2 finish, Putney netted a three for a 39-35 lead with 2:38 to play, Robinson followed with an athletic drive through traffic and a flying follow-up at the rim on a fastbreak and Putney netted four straight free throws in the final 41.5 seconds.
This was a very nice team victory in a very tough game. Jake Putney and Jimmy Robinson had big scoring nights but a lot of people came through with key plays. Ryan Buckley was a force on the boards in both games and Matt Willard hit two big shots in the second quarter, said Lisbon Coach Sean Backus who had been a close friend of the late James Darcy since childhood.
It was very important to win this tournament for Rusty (James Rusty Darcy who took over his fathers scorekeeping duties) and James (senior forward James Darcy).
Robinson was honored as the tournaments MVP after scoring a game-high 16 points with six in the fourth quarter and Putney scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth. Point guard Adam Felt tallied six points and earned All-Tournament honors for his leadership on both sides of the ball.
Matt Willard converted a putback and a three-pointer on consecutive possessions to key Lisbons 9-2 advantage in the second quarter. Buckley finished with three points and James Darcy and Dave Turri each added two.
Cantons All-Tournament selections were guard Bryant Wentworth who passed out 21 assists and made eight steals in two games and center Evan LaPoint who tallied seven points with seven rebounds in the championship game. Scott Wight led Canton (5-9) in scoring with 15 points which included three threes and a trey which gave the Cantons their only lead of the game midway through the third quarter. Nicholas Archibald scored six points followed by Ryan Caldwell and Cody Peters with field goals and Frank Palumbo with a free throw.
Lisbon played a good zone which was good for us because all of the teams in the Central League play mostly man-to-man, said Canton Coach Bill Porter.
We played hard and hung in there until the end. Lisbon has very good players and Jimmy Robinson made some big plays inside at the end which gave them the edge.
SLC 46, Hammond 21: The Larries dominated the consolation game with their trapping defense which limited Hammond to seven points in the second half. All-Tournament selection Zane Ramsdell provided a skilled focal point of the offense by scoring 21 points, hitting six of seven free throws, grabbing 12 rebounds and adding four assists and three steals. Josh White and Tyler Savage (4 steals) added six points each followed by Shane Fuentes with five.
Poised sophomore Brock Tulley hit the Devils only three-pointer and earned All-Tournament selection for Hammond which was led in scoring by six points from Ryan Proven and Nolan Martin.
POTSDAM WINS JV TITLE
Potsdam won the JV title in a 47-37 victory over Canton led by Tournament MVP Jack Byrnes who scored 14 points, All-Tourney selection Jake Mitchell, who scored eight points, and Ethan van Blommestein, who netted 11 points.
Louden Porter scored a game-high 19 points for Canton and earned All-Tournament selection with Mike Cougler. Montana Meashaw tallied nine points for the Bears.
St. Lawrence Central hit six straight free throws in the final 51 seconds to hold off a Lisbon rally in a 44-34 consolation game victory. All-Tournament pick Trent Samnier, who scored 10 points from the line, Cole Meacham and Brad Simmons all hit two free throws in the games climax.
Koby Jordan earned All-Tournament honors for Lisbon which was led in scoring by Donnie Dupreys eight points and seven from Alex Graveline and Tristan Vine.