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By STEVEN HEATON

POTSDAM - Madrid-Waddington and Edwards-Knox earned a third meeting to settle to 1-1 regular-season split on Wednesday at SUNY Canton at 6 p.m. in the Class D2 Section 10 Championship Game after quarter-final wins at Potsdam Central.

The sixth-seeded Jackets fended off NAC East Co-Champion and No. 3 seed Chateaugay 68-52 in a rematch of last year’s Section 10 Class D Championship game. Edwards-Knox held off Heuvelton 57-49 in the rubber game of NAC West split series.

Top-seeded St. Regis Falls earned its first trip to the overall Class D semi-final round and will play no. 4 Harrisville in the Class D1 Championship game at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The Saints turned back Morristown 48-28 while Harrisville denied Lisbon 61-53.

M-W 68, Chateaugay 52: The Yellowjackets turned a 14-11 first quarter lead into a 33-20 halftime advantage with a 19-4 run.

“I was really happy with our intensity,” said M-W coach Aaron Jones.

“In the second quarter, we turned it up a lot and some baskets fell. Colin O’Bryan had a monster game for us and he showed exactly why he is a two time first team All Northern.”

O’Bryan generated 26 points including 10 in the second quarter and also delivered six rebounds, six assists and three steals.

After Chateaugay reeled off the first five of the third quarter to cut the deficit to 33-25, M-W answered with nine straight including five from Maurice Rease and took a 54-34 lead after three quarters..

“We knew Chateaugay would give us a fight to the end, Mike Martin has done a great job after Coach Ron Boyea retired. But I’ve got to credit the entire team. We played very well together, Richard Wright didn’t shoot well but he defended well. Greg Thompson and Zach Brock worked hard and Jacob Barney did some good things. And Maurice Rease provided us some great baskets beforing injuring his ankle in the third. The past week, our reserves have challenged our starters hard in practice and that was a big difference today,” said Jones.

Thompson scored 12 points, grabbed seven boards, collected four assists and two steals. Wright added 12 points, four rebounds, three steals, two assists. Jacob Barney chipped in six points and Rease added nine points and three boards.

Devin Barnes generated 13 points and 12 rebounds for Chateaugay followed by Noah Bowes with 10 points and Chad Stalter with nine, seven rebounds and three steals. Jake English chipped in five rebounds while Adam Martin and Seth Young each logged three assists.

E-K 57, Heuvelton 49: Jesse Bullock saved a ball from going out of play and ran the length of the court to score off a pass from Chris Davison with 1:26 to play in regulation for a 54-44 lead as the Cougars fended off a 12-0 Bulldogs comeback run keyed by timely three pointers from Chris Power and a layup from Dedrick Johnson which trimmed the deficit to 49-44.

“That was a real hustle play from Jesse. He played very well as did Abe White and Tyler Tresidder who provided us good minutes. We got off to a good start with Kaden Dandrow but Heuvelton never quits and they didn’t tonight,” said E-K coach Bill Davison whose team improved to 17-2.

“We got another shot at Madrid-Waddington and its going to be another battle.”

Heuvelton coach Josh McAllister pointed to his teams’ late comeback.

“We battled to get within five but Edwards-Knox is such a good team that you can’t miss chippies and that’s what happened today. But I’m proud of this team,” said coach McAllister of 13-7 team.

Dandrow scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Edwards-Knox scoring 14 in the first half. Jessie Bullock scored 13 points while Chris Davison added 11 points - eight in the third quarter where E-K led 38-32. Nick Davison finished with seven of his 10 in the fourth quarter.

Chris Power finished with four threes and 15 points. Johnson added 11 while Mike Guardino and Cody Holland chipped in eight and Aaron Cobb scored six.

St. Regis Falls 48, Morristown 28: MCS’s Ryan Vollmer scored five quick points late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 25-20 but St. Regis Falls answered with with a 21-8 fourth quarter sparked by eight points from Tyler Daggett and five from Ryan Duquette.

“We wanted to contain Caleb Green tonight and we did that successfully, but that opens the door for other players to step up. St. Regis Falls had a couple do that. And offensively, we didn’t shoot well,” said MCS coach Rich Marshall.

St. Regis Falls coach Justin Todd agreed. “Caleb and Brandon (Votra) struggled tonight and Morristown slowed the tempo down. But in the fourth, Tyler Daggett and Ryan Duquette stepped up and produced some very big numbers for us as role players and we survived. We must play alot better against Harrisville on Wednesday because they are so active,” said Todd.

Daggett finished with 10 points and four reboujnds, Corey LaBounty added eight points and four assists and Green scored eight points witth eight rebounds and two steals for 17-1 St. Regis Falls.

Dakota Marshall, Ryan Vollmer and Devin Dulmage all scored six and Zach Kanaly and Bob Simmons each logged four for Morristown (7-12).

Harrisville 61, Lisbon 53: Down 18 early in the fourth quarter, Adam Felt hit a three for Lisbon to cut the deficit to 51-41 but the Knights couldn’t get any closer than eight points down the stretch.

“I like the way we battled back. But Harrisville’s intensity defensively early created us some problems. Jake Putney had a excellent game tonight for us when Adam (Felt) and Jimmy Robinson struggled at times and David Turri, Ryan Buckley and Matt Williard provided us with solid play. If you said 14 wins at the beginning of the season was reachable, I probably would have said no but the guys worked hard and improved,” said LCS coach Sean Backus of his 14-6 team.

Harrisville coach Brian Coloney liked the way his team started.

“We played like we did at the beginning of the season tonight. Our intensity was high. We are going to need that same effort against St. Regis Falls. Tonight, Lisbon battled but we hit big shots when we needed them.”

Dreythaler scored 18 to pace the 16-4 Pirates. Tim Fowler added 12 including four key free throws in the fourth quarter. Nate Weaver added nine points while Nick Weir chipped in seven and Joey Butts added six. Putney finished with 17 and Jimmy Robinson tallied 16 with 14 in the second half for Lisbon. Felt tallied 11 points.

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