CANTON - Excellent ball movement kept OFA moving at an accelerated pace as the Blue Devils climbed to 4-0 with an 80-32 NAC Central Basketball victory at Canton on Thursday night.
The 5-1 Blue Devils, who travel to reigning Class B state champion Watervliet tonight for a rematch of last years outstanding state quarter-final game at SUNY Potsdam in March, received four assists from Colin Ross, Seth Pinkerton, Matt Piercey and Kinnon LaRose.
Massena climbed to 5-0 in the NAC Central with a 50-29 win over St. Lawrence Central on Thursday.
Seth Pinkerton (8 points) and Jack Manke (6 points, 6 rebounds) each scored six points in the first quarter where OFA opened an 18-5 lead and Kinnon LaRose (game-high 15 points, 7 rebounds) tallied six points a 22-3 second quarter run.
Seth Pinkerton played very well tonight and our bigs continue to come along which is important. Jack Manke gave us a nice start and Al Fisher had a good night, said OFA Coach Mark Henry. Conor Hannan shot the ball well and Canton played very hard.
Piercey and Ross each buried a pair of threes scoring 10 points, Hannan followed with nine on three threes and Fisher and DaKota Brady each netted six points.
We tried to hold the ball and slow things down at the start but they (OFA) still got off to a fast start. They are such a good team, said Canton Coach Bill Porter.
But I was very happy with the way we played in the second half.
Scott Wight led the Bears with 13 points and Evan LaPoint tallied seven with six rebounds.
The OFA JVs rallied from a four-point deficit to nip Canton 50-49 on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Peyton Lalone.
We had to come back against a very solid Canton team in the fourth quarter, said OFA coach Scott Sargent.
Coach Katie Porter has done a good job with the Canton team. But Peyton came through with a buzzer beating three at the end.
Lalone and Cale Sargent each scored eight points with two threes in a 16-point quarter. Lalone finished with 20 in the game and Connor Badlam added 10.
Dan Ames used his post moves for 18 points for Canton and went 10-for-11 at the foul line. Declan Porter added 10 points.
Massena 50, SLC 29: The Raiders outscored the Larries 22-6 after halftime as Zevon Viskovich anchored the Massena offense with a 15-point effort. Xavier Viskovich netted 13 followed by Tyler Haas with 11.
Cody Meacham paced the Larries with eight points.
Malone 58, Potsdam 51: Alex Johnson netted a game-high 20 points in leading the Huskies (4-1, 4-1). Dequan Pitts tossed through 19 points to lead the Potsdam offense. Brian Cole added 11 followed by Jack Byrnes with 10.
Salmon River 58, Gouverneur 51: 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. Curt LaPlante led the Wildcats (2-3, 1-3) with 12 points followed by Troy Gates with 11.