LISBON -Lisbon rendered an outstanding team defensive outing to check Edwards-Knox 46-27 and climb to 3-0 in NAC West Division Basketball on Thursday.
A defensive outing which limited the Cougars high-scoring forward Kaden Dandrow, who was coming off three straight 30-point outings, to two points in the first half and 16 on the night. The Knights defensive effort was enhanced by a very composed offensive showing by the Knights who consistently scored off penetration in their set offense and putbacks by Jimmy Robinson and Ryan Buckley who combined for 21 offensive rebounds.
Robinson finished with 16 points and 21 rebounds while Buckley netted nine points with 10 rebounds.
Jake Putney was extremely active all over the court scoring 13 points with a first-quarter three, six rebounds and three assists.
Donnie Duprey (4 assists), Kobe Jordan (4 points) and Adam Kelley all contributed to the diligent on-the-ball perimeter defense.
We played a little triangle and two tonight but the key to our defense against Kaden (Dandrow) was keeping someone in front of him and our help was good when he drove toward the basket, said Lisbon Coach Sean Backus who will lead his team to Clifton-Fine tonight looking to match Harrisvilles 4-0 mark atop the NAC West.
Our offense was very good again tonight and Jimmy Robinson and Ryan Buckley were all over the offensive boards. We didnt have many turnovers and that limited their transition opportunities.
The Knights methodically maintained a double digit lead after taking a 17-5 margin in the first quarter and pulled away with a 15-7 fourth quarter.
We had three guys missing who could help us but we just didnt box out tonight, said E-K Coach Bill Davison. One of our guys is out for the season with a torn ACL but we hope to get the others back and playing for the Burkman Tournament in Canton next week.
Dandrow finished with eight rebounds and three blocks for the Cougars who received six points from Abe White and five from Jeremiah Randall.
Lisbon won the JV game 41-35 where Hunter Gray and Jordan Carr scored 10 points, Jake Pellerin netted nine and Kane Jordan added eight. Jake Fenlong scored a game-high 18 points for E-K.
HEUVELTON, MORRISTOWN WIN
Harrisville climbed to 4-0 in the West with a 54-29 win over Hermon-DeKalb while Heuvelton downed Hammond 63-41 and Morristown dropped Clifton-Fine 71-49.
Heuvelton 63, Hammond 41: The Red Devils led 14-13 early in the second quarter but the host Bulldogs eventually regained control for a 24-15 lead at halftime and led 44-25 after three quarters.
Jack Palmer generated 17 points, Casey Smith tallied 14 and Reilly Pierce and Aiden Scagel scored seven and six points respectively leading the Bulldogs who improved to 3-3, 2-2 NAC West. Andrew Streeter added five.
Payton Frisina scored 22 points and Brock Tulley added nine for Hammond (3-3, 2-2 NAC West).
In the JV game, Heuveltons Victor Gagnon scored seven points, Andrew Woodward and Brandon Couglar each tallied six and Joey Cote scored five in a balanced 51-35 win. Colin Young had 13 points for Hammond. Sean Walsh scored eight while Jacob Tate added six.
Morristown 71, C-F 49: The Rockets (3-2, 3-2 NAC West) rolled past the host Eagles (0-6, 0-4 NAC West) as Devin Dulmage scored 13 points, Jake VanArnam tallied 12, Zach Kanaly posted 10, Jake King and Austin Brooks each logged nine in a balanced effort where Ryan Vollmer created scoring opportunities most the evening with solid passing.
Austin Locke and Jake Folsom scored 12 and 10 respectively for Eagles.
Harrisville 54, H-D 29: Nate Weaver generated 18 points, Zane Mono tallied 13 points and Chris Sullivan added seven leading the Pirates (4-1, 4-0 NAC West) who took a 17-3 first quarter lead. Cody Merritt scored 15 and Jaron Robinson added nine for Hermon-DeKalb (0-6. 0-5 NAC West).