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Off to the races.

That was the theme of the evening at the Bill Merna court as a highly-regarded OFA basketball team showed its mercurial transition passing abilities to record a 91-50 NAC Central season-opening victory over Malone on Tuesday.

After the Huskies opened the scoring the Devils reeled off a 21-1 run and went on to a 32-12 first quarter lead fast-breaking off turnovers created by their fullcourt and off a series of blocks by center Jack Manke and forward Seth Pinkerton.

The transition scoring featured a flying dunk by Kinnon LaRose off a lob pass by Conor Hannan and three strong finishes by guard Matt Piercey in heavy traffic.

LaRose (25 points, 4 3s, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) and Piercey (20 points, 3 3s, 8 assists) also combined for five three-pointers in the first half.

“We have to get out and run and we did that very well tonight,” said OFA Coach Mark Henry who leads his team into major nonleague tests this weekend at the Capital District Coaches Vs Cancer Shootout where the Devils will, play reigning NYS Federation Class A Champion Albany Academy on Friday at 7 p.m. and Newark on Saturday at 11 a.m.

“But there were a few defensive lapses that we have to work on.”

Colin Ross finished with 15 points, Manke finished with eight points and four blocks, Pinkerton tallied six points and Justin Ross netted five points in the fourth quarter.

Reserve center Mitchel Barber capped a night of athletic finishes with a hanging double- clutch drive which ignited the OFA bench and crowd in the closing seconds.

Austin LaMay buried a pair of threes for Malone scoring 10 points followed by Jordan Yando with eight and Alex Johnson and Taylor LaPage each added seven.

OFA JV’s 56 - Malone 51: The duo of Peyton Lalone and Nate McCarthy combined for 19 and 18 points and the OFA JV’s turned back determined Malone comeback efforts in their season opener.

Lalone, who tallied 12 points in the first quarter and Cale Sargent (9 points) both hit three-pointers down the stretch to counteract some athletic finishes by the Huskies who were led by 10 points from Joe Poupore and Jayson Spaulding.

In the closing 30 seconds Joe Dalton grabbed a key defensive rebound and Connor Badlam netted a free throw to create the final score with 22.6 seconds to play.

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