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WATERVLIET - Ogdensburg Free Academy wasted no time establishing its explosive running game in Saturday’s nonleague game at reigning New York State Class B Champion Watervliet.

With Matt Piercey scoring 11 of his game-high 25 points in the first quarter, the 6-1 Devils raced out to a 23-6 lead and cruised to an 84-45 victory.

“Matt Piercey had a big first quarter and we rebounded the ball extremely well. We were able to get out and run and as a team we played extremely well,” said OFA Coach Mark Henry after the contest where the trio of Colin Ross, Piercey and Kinnon LaRose combined for 10 of the Devil’s 11 three-pointers.

“Colin Ross did an outstanding job defensively against Ty Jon Gilmour who scored 20 points against us last season in the regional game.”

Piercey hit four threes in his 25-point effort which included five rebounds and seven assists. LaRose delivered three threes, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks in a well-versed 24-point outing and Ross netted three threes scoring 17 points and passed out five assists to complement his staunch defensive effort.

“Kinnon LaRose is playing extremely well and he just doesn’t force anything,” said Henry.

“He scored down in the low blocks today and he scored a lot in transition”

Jack Manke scored six points and grabbed 10 rebounds and DaKota Brady continued to lead the bench with quick-strike scoring in a nine-point effort. Seth Pinkerton grabbed six rebounds and Conor Hannan hit a three-pointer.

Danny Burns buired three threes scoring 10 points and Gilmore tallied nine points for the Cannoneers of Section 2’s Colonial Conference.

OFA will play its next two games at college courts. On Saturday they will meet Peru at SUNY Plattsburgh and on Dec. 30 they play a makeup game against Gouverneur at SUNY Potsdam (JV’s at Potsdam Central)

In the JV game on Saturday Watervliet gained a weekend split earning a 57-50 win of two very similar contests according to OFA Coach Scott Sargent.

“This game was just like the game last night (Friday) which we won. It was tight right down the end. We missed some good looks and when we had to foul they made their free throws,” he said.

“We have done so well this year. We started the season without a returning starter and we have gone 4-0 in the Central and we came down here to Albany and played in two great games.”

Joey Dalton led the Devils offensively with 13 points and Avery Love tallied 10 first-half points. Peyton Lalone and Cale Sargent followed with eight and seven points and Josh Farrar, Nate McCarney, Connor Badlam and Anthoni Pope all added three.

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