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Massena boys outlast SLC; Potsdam falls short to Franklin Academy


Massena outlasted St. Lawrence Central while Potsdam fell short to Franklin Academy in NAC Central Division varsity boys basketball matchups on Thursday.

Massena 50, SLC 29: In Brasher Falls, the winless Larries were able to trade baskets with the undefeated Raiders through the first half before being outscored 22-6 after halftime.

“We played a great first half. We still got some looks in the second but we didn’t get our shots to fall and Massena is such a big team that you don’t get any second chances against them,” noted coach Joey Reome after his squad slipped to 0-5.

Junior Zevon Viskovich anchored the Massena offense with a 15-point effort. Senior Xavier Viskovich tossed through another 13 followed by senior Tyler Haas with 11, freshman Dante Viskovich with nine and junior Logan Deshane with two as the Raiders pushed their undefeated start to five games.

Senior Cody Meacham paced the Larries with eight points followed by classmates Josh White, Bradley Francis and Shane Fuentes with seven, six and five respectively. Juniors Skyler Burns (2 points) and Jayce Lanning (1 point) closed out the SLC scoresheet.

The Raiders are slated to play a non-league game at Carthage on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. while the Larries return to action on Monday, December 30, when they take on Seton Catholic in the second round of the Section 7-10 Challenge at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall Gym.

FA 58, Potsdam 51: At the Potsdam High School gym, the Sandstoners worked their way to a 17-15 lead by the end of the first quarter but were outscored 17-12 in the second and the Huskies were able to hold them off the rest of the way.

Dequan Pitts tossed through 19 points to lead the Potsdam offense. Brian Cole added 11 followed by Jack Byrnes with 10, Travis Stephenson with four and Nick Vaccaro with three. Jake Mitchell and Matt Stone tallied two points each.

Alex Johnson netted a game-high 20 points in leading the Huskies (4-1, 4-1). Kody Mulverhill chipped in 15 points followed by Jordan Yando with 10 and Austin Lamay with nine while Isai Paredones and Camron Gallagher both finished with two.

The Sandstoners (3-2) played their first non-league game this Saturday at home against Indian River starting at 3 p.m.

In the other two Central Division games on Thursday, Salmon River turned back Gouverneur 58-51 and OFA downed Canton 80-32.

Salmon River 58, Gouvenreur 51: In Fort Covington, Zach Smith led a balanced effort with 15 points as the Shamrocks relayed the momentum of a 17-4 first-quarter run into their first win of the season. Antoine Domino added 12 points followed by Josh Hunes with 11 and Kason Tarbell with 10. Jordan Wood chipped in another six Justin Bigness and Oakes closed out the Salmon River scoring with two points apiece.

Curt LaPlante led the Wildcats (2-3, 1-3) with 12 points followed by Troy Gates with 11.

OFA 80, Canton 32: At Jerry Hourihan Gym in Canton, the Blue Devils ran out to a 40-8 lead by halftime before going on to raise their Central record to 4-0. Kinnon LaRose led all scorers with 15 points followed by Jack Manke with 12 while Colin Ross and Matt Piercey each chipped in 10.

Scott Wight netted 13 points for the Bears (1-4) followed Evan LaPoint with 7.


Tupper Lake coach Steve Skiff has lots of respect for the Madrid-Waddington boys basketball program.

One reason is that they they just don’t give up.

“We jumped early in the first quarter but Madrid-Waddington came right back at us in the second and third quarters. They didn’t quit. But we played a very solid fourth as Anson Gagnier and Mitch Keniston each scored seven in a 17-point quarter,” said Skiff after his Lumberjacks notched a 53-45 decision over the Yellowjackets in the lone NAC East Division game played on Thursday.

Keniston tallied 16 points for Tupper Lake (6-0. 4-0 NAC East) while Gagnier finished with 14. Cody LaPierre added 11 with three three-pointers while Liam LaMere scored eight.

Jacob Barney scored a game high 24 points for M-W (4-2, 3-2). TJ Armstrong added six while Zach Brock and Maurice Rease added five.


In the NAC West Division matchups on Thursday, Lisbon beat Edwards-Knox 46-27, Harrisville outscored Hermon-DeKalb 54-29, Heuvelton stopped Hammond 63-41 and Morristown topped Clifton-Fine 71-49.

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