HEUVELTON - St. Regis Falls took a major step forward on Saturday by showing a new dimension at the 21st Annual Al Gutterson Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament at Heuvelton Central School.
The unbeaten Saints (7-0) won the championship without the services of potential NAC East MVP candidate Brandon Votra who rolled his ankle four minutes into the contest in a 55-35 win over previously unbeaten Lisbon.
This win was a very big step for us. Lisbon is a quality team and has quality players like Jimmy Robinson. When Brandon went down that was very big loss for us. But we worked extremely hard and everyone stepped up and picked up their game, said St. Regis Falls coach Justin Todd.
The Saints rode a quick start scoring the first nine points and holding Lisbon to just two points in the first five minutes and 19 seconds eventually working themselves to a 15-4 lead on nine points from Corey LaBounty including two of the first three three-pointers in the 9-0 run.
Corey stepped up and showed a lot of leadership tonight. Ryan Duquette ran the point very well and Louis Goodrow stepped up in the second half. The big difference of the game was every time Lisbon would make a run we would answer. Last years team was a little timid about shooting. We left that to Caleb Green. This team has confidence in their abilities, said Todd after his team enjoyed a 31-15 halftime lead highlighted by a NBA extended range three at the buzzer from LaBounty and a 43-22 lead after three quarters sparked by five points from Goodrow.
LaBounty finished with 26 points and was named MVP. He added seven rebounds, three assists and one steal. Goodrow finished with 12 points - 10 in the second half - and had nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Tyler Fraser scored four points and posted five rebounds. All Tourney selection Votra, who was very productive on Friday, scored three points before leaving with just under two minutes to play in the first quarter.
Tyler Daggett added three assists, three steals, three rebounds and a three pointer.
Robinson had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals for Lisbon and was named to the All Tournament team. Ryan Buckley chipped in eight points and posted four rebounds and was also selected to the All Tournament team. Donnie Duprey (five points, four steals) and Alex Gravelin (three points, six rebounds) also contributed to the 5-1 Knights cause. We played hard but St. Regis Falls just didnt miss in the first half and we got into a hole, said LCS Coach Sean Backus.
Gouverneur 46, Heuvelton 41: Down 25-24 at halftime, the Wildcats took the lead for good 27-25 on a three point play by All Tournament Team selection Troy Gates to begin the third quarter. That play sparked the Wildcats to a 15-7 third quarter advantage for a 39-32 lead.
We came out in the third quarter aggressively and got some baskets to go in. Troys basket at the beginning gave us that lift we needed. But we had to battle because Heuvelton kept chipping at our lead. We just have to learn to play better with the lead, said Gouverneur coach Justin Young,
Curt LaPlant hit two threes in the quarter and finished with 15 points. Gates scored five of his 12 and Devin Cox added four of his eight. Nathan Drake added two threes in the game.
Jack Palmer tallied 12 points for Heuvelton. Mike Martin added eight while All Tourney team selection Casey Smith finished with seven and Joe McDonnell added six, Dylan Liscum chipped in four.
Its not that were not playing hard, said HCS coach Josh McAllister. We struggling to score. But each game were improving.
Lisbon claimed the 2013 Al Gutterson Memorial JV title with a 37-29 win over Gouverneur on Saturday.
The Knights used a 12-6 third quarter advantage to take a 26-14 lead.
Balance led the Knights as MVP Coleman Smith scored six including four decisive fourth quarter points. Hunter Gray added seven while All Tourney pick Ryan Mason scored five and All Tourney selection Kane Jordan added five. Conor Hammond and Jordan Carr each scored four,
Cody Orr scored 10 points earning All Tourney team honors. Connor Fenlong added 10. Dan Sweet was an All Tourney selection as he handled point guard duties.
Heuvelton won the JV consolation game.