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Lisbon, Harrisville win Northern Athletic Conference West Division Basketball openers

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Lisbon and Harrisville opened their Northern Athletic Conference West Division campaigns successfully on Thursday.

The Knights (2-0, 1-0) downed Hermon-DeKalb 57-29 while the Pirates (1-0) topped Morristown 57-50.

Lisbon 57, Hermon-DeKalb 29: At Lisbon, Jimmy Robinson generated 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to pace the Knights (2-0, 1-0 NAC West) who built a 18-5 lead in the first quarter and led 48-24 after three. Jake Putney posted 18 points and collected five steals while Koby Jordan added five points and four assists. Don Duprey chipped in four assists. Cody Merritt tallied 12 points to pace Hermon-DeKalb while Reilly O’Donnell added seven.

Harrisville 57, Morristown 50: Morristown, a 20-15 first quarter gave the 1-0 Pirates confidence without the services of starter Jared Dreythaler who continues to heal from a soccer injury. Nate Weaver scored 11 of his 26 points in the first quarter and Brennan Best scored eight of his 20 points in the first and finished with seven in the fourth for Harrisville.

Jacob Fox scored 16 points and Zack Kanaly added 14 including nine of 10 at the foul line for Morristown (0-1). Ryan Vollmer and Jake VanArnam each added seven and Devin Dulmage chipped in five.

“Both Nate and Brennan were tough to defend. We played well but it was our first real game out and we got some early jitters. We’re also learning a new system,” said MCS Coach George Beaulieu.

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Potsdam 64, Salmon River 58: junior Dequan Pitts anchored a balanced Sandstoner offense with a career-high 25 points as the Stoners took a 17-10 first quarter lead and held on. Jake Mitchell (3 threes) and Nick Vaccaro (2 threes) tossed through 11 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.

Canton 44, SLC 31: 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. 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 defense.

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