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Classic matchups set at Saturday A-Rama


Classic matchups and intriguing rematches were setup for Saturdays’ Section 10 Basketball’s annual Class D-A-Rama at Potsdam Central when Heuvelton, Madrid-Waddington, Lisbon and Morristown advanced from Wednesday’s preliminary round.

Seventh seeded Heuvelton (13-6) denied Hammond (6-13) 46-43 in overtime to move into a 1:45 p.m. matchup with second-seeded NAC West Champion Edwards-Knox (16-2). Sixth seeded and reigning Class D Champion Madrid-Waddington downed Hermon-DeKalb (3-15) 74-29 and filled the noon tip-off slot opposite third seeded Chateaugay (14-4).

Fourth-seeded Harrisville (15-4) downed Parishville-Hopkinton (0-16) 75-31 and fifth seeded Lisbon (14-5) bested Clifton-Fine (1-18) to fill the 6 p.m. game with an All NAC West matchup of teams.

Ninth seeded Morristown (7-11) prevailed at No. 8 Colton-Pierrepont (7-11) 48-34 and earned the right to challenge top seeded NAC East Champion St. Regis Falls 17-1.


For Heuvelton it will be the rubber game of a split NAC West series. E-K, which is ranked 11th in the latest state poll, won the first game 58-52 with Heuvelton rebounding to hand the Cougars their only league loss in a 58-54 decision in Heuvelton.

Madrid-Waddington, which reached the state championship game last March, and Chateaugay will stage a rematch of last year’s sectional finals. The longtime NAC East rivals met only once this season when M-W was moved into the NAC North. Chateaugay won that lone encounter 57-46.

Lisbon and Harrisville will stage a quick rematch from a Saturday game where the Knights prevailed 37-34 to reverse a 52-42 loss to Harrisville.

Morristown and St. Regis Falls will be meeting for the first time this season but have staged several close games in recent years at the Morristown Holiday Tournament which was not held this season.


Heuvelton 46 - Hammond 43 OT: The host Bulldogs raced out to an 11-0 lead converting turnovers off their fullcourt press and seemed to be on the verge of cruising into Saturday’s quarter-final round.

But the Hammond steadied some obvious jitters, slowed the tempo down by protecting the ball and employing a zone defense which proved problematic to the Bulldogs, capped a methodical comeback with a tying fade-away three-pointer by Nolan Martin with just 2.4 seconds to play in the fourth quarter and found themselves possessing a 43-42 lead on the strength of Darin Bresett jumper and the ball with 44 seconds to play.

The Bulldogs went to their defense to stage a dramatic rally and regained the lead on two free throws by Mike Guardino with 33 seconds to go ahead.

Heuvelton upped its lead to 46-43 and Guardino hit to more free throws with 7.7 seconds play after a Dedrick Johnson steal with 23 seconds to play.

Coach Josh McAllister’s team sealed the win with a defensive stand which forced Hammond’ final shot to be a running three-point attempt just before the buzzer.

“We had a chance to put Hammond away early but we didn’t and you have to credit the way they came back. They played very well and they hit some shots,” said McAllister after the contest which was staged before a large and very animated crowd.

“Darin Bresett hit two big shots in overtime but we showed good diligence tonight. We missed a several layup opportunities off turnovers in the second half but we stuck with it and played through some tough times. Dedrick Johnson’s steal in overtime was very important.”

Mike Guardino finished with 12 points to lead the winning offense and Cody Holland tallied 11 with three in overtime. Aaron Cobb and Dedrick Johnson followed with nine and six points and Jon Sloan buried a three at the buzzer of the first quarter to create a 17-6 lead.

“The key for us on Saturday against Edwards-Knox is just bringing our best effort right from the start. Edwards-Knox brings it in every game all of the time,” said McAllister.

Martin scored all of his 13 points in the second and netted six sparking Hammond to a 14-7 fourth quarter. Bresett finished with 12 points after hitting two foul line jumpers to give the Devils leads in overtime. Ryan Proven netted nine points and Payton Frisina added four points.

“We did a good job settling down from some jitters and we played a very good second half,” said Hammond Coach Brad Rogers.

“If we played like that all season we would have a lot more than six wins. But it was very exciting game, the guys played very hard.”

M-W 74, H-D 29: The Yellowjackets expanded a 20-10 first quarter lead to 43-13 at halftime.

“We played pretty well as a team and our bench provided a lot of good minutes. Chateaugay is a tough matchup. We lost in our only game this season and they are led by four solid players in Bowes, Barnes, Martin and Young. In our last meeting, Chateaugay took advantage of our three to four minute lapse of play. We’ve got to play smart and limit our mistakes that we can control,” said M-W coach Aaron Jones.

Colin O’Bryan controlled for the flow for the Jackets on Wednesday scoring 13 points with five steals and four assists. Richard Wright hit two threes in a 12-point effort while TJ Gagnon added eight points. Zach Brock chipped in six points and nine boards while Terry Crump added eight points, Greg Thompson and James Hunt each scored six, Maurice Rease collected seven, and David Odendahl posted four.

Steve Gilbert scored 14 points for H-D. Cody Merritt added six while Macaulay Snell chipped in four.

Morristown 48, C-P 34: The Rockets earned their second win this season against the Colts gradually pulling away from a 9-4 first quarter lead.

“Morristown went 21-30 from the foulline and that was kind of the difference,” said Colton-Pierrepont coach Tim Doyle.

Ryan Vollmer was 10-for-11 at the foulline scoring 18 points for Morristown. Bobby Simmons netted two threes in a 14 point effort while Dakota Marshall added eight and Jacob Fox chipped in seven.

Zach Farrar tallied 12 points on four threes for C-P. Gyle Dominy added six points and Riley Doyle and Scott Boyce each posted four.

Lisbon 52, Clifton-Fine 27: Jimmy Robinson scored 10 of Lisbon’s 18 points in the first quarter and combined for 11 of the Knights 20 points in the third quarter with Jake Putney (six).

Robinson finished with 18 points, Putney logged 15 while David Turri added six and Adam Felt chipped in five as the Knights win posted their 10th win in the last 11 games. Matt Russell scored 10 for Clifton-Fine and Chase Koster added seven.

Harrisville 75, P-H 31: Nathan Weaver and Jared Dreythaler each scored 13 points for Harrisville. Nick Weir and Justin Hartle each scored 10 while Joey Butts added eight.

Mike Burns tossed in 12 for P-H. Mike Cook added 10 while Ryan Snyder and Ian Wilson added five and four.

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