MADRID - The Madrid-Waddington basketball camp was disappointed to lose control of the championship trophy of the John Dinneen Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament on Thursday night.
But M-W Coach Aaron Jones was anything but disillusioned by the performance of his host Yellowjackets, the reigning Section 10 Class D champions, after a 54-46 loss to NAC East opponent Tupper Lake.
Heuvelton won the consolation game 51-19 over Norwood-Norfolk.
JACKS WIN TITLE
We really played hard tonight and managed to tie it up in the third quarter. But after that each time we would get close we just couldnt get over the hump, said Jones after Tupper Lakes athletic 6 5 center Mitch Keniston tallied 19 of his game-high 22 points in the second half with 12 in the fourth quarter leading the Lumberjacks (2-0) to the title.
I was happy with the way our team played with a lot of first year varsity starters as hung in there against a veteran Tupper Lake team which is very good and has a lot of size. For three quarters, we did a good job against Mitch Keniston but we lost track of him a few times in the fourth quarter and he went up and grabbed big rebounds.
Keniston complemented his points with 15 rebounds and Cody LaPierre tallied 13 points after hitting three three-pointers in the first quarter. Roger Delair added six points with 10 rebounds and netted two free throws to give Coach Steve Skiffs team a 51-46 lead with 44 seconds to play.
After M-W struggled offensively in scoring only four points in the second quarter, Maurice Rease buried a pair of threes in the opening minutes of the third quarter where he finished with 10 of his 15 second half points.
Jacob Barney (4 assists) netted 11 second half points with seven in the fourth quarter.
It was great to see Mo Rease come alive in the second half. He is still not 100 per cent back (knee injury) but he is getting there. Sophomores Aaron Armstrong and Dave Odendahl also played well said Jones.
We will play Tupper Lake twice in our league and our league is going to be very tough. But we are all looking forward to it.
Heuvelton 51, Norwood-Norfolk 19: Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister was pleased with progress of his team, which is very young experience-wise, showed in the tournament heading toward their NAC West season which opens tonight at Clifton-Fine.
We are getting there. I saw a lot of improvement. Mike Martin really shot the ball well and Jeff Arquitt hit some threes, said McAllister.
Martin buried four threes in a 14-point effort for the Bulldogs, Arquitt tallied 10 with two threeballs and Tyler Lytle and Joe McDonnell followed with six and five points.
Garrett Waite and Ian St. Andrews scored seven and five points for N-N.
HEUVELTON JVS SWEEP
The Heuvelton JVs defeated Madrid-Waddington for the second time in two days as the Bulldogs prevailed 48-47 in double overtime. Josh Cote completed a 17-point effort with a decisive free throw with one minute to play in the second OT.
Braeden Couglar and Andrew Woodard followed with 10 and nine points for HCS. John Lenney scored 10 of his 17 points in the first quarter leading M-W which also received 12 from Jordan Arquiett.
Arquiett buried a long three-pointer at the end of the regulation to force overtime.