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Potsdam boys turn back Salmon River, SLC falls to Canton in Central hoops

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Potsdam Central turned back Salmon River while St. Lawrence Central fell short to Canton in the NAC Central Division season openers for all four squads Thursday night.

Potsdam 64, Salmon River 58: The host Sandstoners worked their way to a 17-10 lead by the end of the first quarter before going on to hold off the Shamrocks for the win.

“This is going to be a rebuilding year for us so it’s nice to get that first win under our belt,” noted Potsdam coach Brooks Bigwarfe.

Junior Dequan Pitts anchored a balanced Sandstoner offense with a career-high 25 points. Jake Mitchell (3 threes) and Nick Vaccaro (2 threes) tossed through 11 points apiece followed by Ethan VanBlommenstein with six, Travis Stevenson with four and Garrett Mattimore with three. Drew Stevens and Brian Cole closed out the Potsdam scoresheet with two points apiece.

Josh Hynes led the way offensively for the Shamrocks with a 25-point night that included a pair of three-pointers. Antoine Domino struck for another 15 points followed by Zach Smith with 11. John Harvey, Justin Bigness, Tyler Brooks and Brandon Burdash contributed two points each.

The Sandstoners return to action on Monday on the road against Canton while the Shamrocks play host to Massena.

Canton 44, SLC 31: In Brasher Falls, the visiting Bears didn’t score their first field goal of the game until Mike Couglar’s putback with 3:49 left in the first half and that sparked a decisive 10-3 run that knotted the score at 19-19 heading into halftime.

The Bears continued their surge to open the second half with Ryan Caldwell and Louden Porter draining back-to-back three-pointers in the first minute. Canton never trailed again, outscoring the Larries 15-4 in the third quarter go to into the fourth leading 31-23.

Evan LaPoint led all scorers with 18 points, including an 8-13 effort from the foul line where the Bears were 20-34 as a team. Caldwell finished with six points along with Francesco Palumbo. Couglar and Porter both added five while Scott Wight and Eugene Hitchman rounded out the Canton scoring with two points each.

Josh White scored 17 of the Larries’ 19 first-half points but was held without a point the rest of the way as the Bears concentrated their defensive efforts on the senior guard.

“Canton did a nice job of clamping down on Josh and we didn’t have anyone step up offensively,” noted SLC coach Joey Reome.

Jayce Lanning contributed eight points toward the Larrie effort while Shane Fuentes and Brady Francis each finished with three.

The Larries are slated to play at OFA on Monday.

OTHER BOYS HOOPS

In other high school boys basketball action Thursday night, Tupper Lake downed host Madrid-Waddington 54-46 in the championship game of the Dinneen Memorial Tournament and Heuvelton dropped Norwood-Norfolk 51-19 in the consolation matchup while a pair of West Division encounters saw Harrisville outscore Morristown 57-50 and Lisbon beat Hermon-DeKalb 57-29.

Heuvelton 51, N-N 19: Garrett Waite led the Flyers (0-2) with seven points followed by Ian St. Andrews with five.

For Heuvelton, Mike Martin tossed through 14 points followed by Jeff Arquitt with 10 as the Bulldogs built a 25-6 halftime lead.

Tupper Lake 54, M-W 46: The championship game saw the Lumberjacks break open a close game with an 18-5 fourth-quarter surge. Mitch Keinston led all scorers with 22 points in the winning effort followed by Cody LaPierre with 13.

For the Yellowjackets, Maurice Rease netted 15 points followed by Jacob Barney with 11 and Aaron Armstrong with 11.







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