POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central boys basketball team bounced back from a first-round loss in the 17th annual Larry Cowan Section 7-10 Challenge by outlasting Beekmantown 44-38 in a second-round matchup at SUNY Potsdams Jerry Welsh Gymnasium on Monday.
Despite the win, Section 7 wound up reclaiming the Don Petty Trophy by posting a 6-4 record over the course of the 10 games played. Franklin Academy posted the only other Section 10 win on Monday, pulling away to a 71-48 decision over Peru. while the other three games saw Seton Catholic complete a tournament sweep with a 57-32 decision over St. Lawrence Central, AuSable Valley do likewise with a 76-58 win over Brushton-Moira and Saranac Central hold off Tupper Lake 52-49.
Potsdam 44, Beekmantown 38: The Sandstoners got off to a slow start, falling behind 12-5 before senior Nick Vaccaro drilled a three-pointer with 11 minutes left in the first half to spark a 16-5 run that put Potsdam ahead 21-17 at halftime.
Jacob Remchuk opened the second half with a basket to make it a two-point game but the Sandstoners countered with a 12-5 run over the next nine minutes and never looked back for the win.
Were young but we keep making good progress. The kids work hard but we need to keep working on our execution, noted coach Brooks Bigwarfe after his squad improved to 4-3 overall.
Dequan Pitts anchored the Potsdam offense with a 16-point effort. Jake Mitchell netted a pair of three-pointers in a 15-point contribution. Vaccaro finished with five points followed by Jack Byrnes with four and Brian Cole with three.
Greg Manney paced the Eagles (2-5) offense with eight points. Alex Price, Jacob Remchuk, Justin Stevens and Nick Danussi all tossed through five followed by Brennan Pelkey with four while Brandon McDonald, Mickey Pepper and Brandon Provost each netted two.
In the 53-42 loss to AuSable Valley on Saturday at SUNY Plattsburgh, Cole tossed through a team-high 14 points followed by Pitts with 12 and Connor Prosper with seven. Vaccaro netted a three-pointer while Travis Stephenson, Mitchell, Matt Stone and Byrnes each scored two.
The Sandstoners return to action on Thursday with a non-league game at Plattsburgh High starting at 2 p.m.
Seton Catholic 57, SLC 32: The Larries got off to a promising start, building a 13-6 lead through the first four minutes before the Knights took control with a 29-4 run through the rest of the first half.
We were running our stuff on offense very well but they made some adjustments and were able to stop us then they went to a 1-3-1 on defense. We hadnt seen that yet and really struggled against it, noted coach Joey Reome after his squad slipped to 0-6.
Shane Fuentes led the way offensively for the Larries with a game-high 16 points, inlcuding a pair of threes. Josh White and Cody Meacham tallied six points apiece while Jayce Lanning accounted for the other three.
For Seton Catholic (5-1), Adam Tedford had a team-high 14 points followed by Kaden Baugh with 13 while Keagan Briggs and Chris Kestos each finished with 10.
The Larries return to their NAC Central Division schedule on Monday on the road against Salmon River.
FA 71, Peru 48: Jordan Yando fired through 19 oints in the winning effort followed by Kody Mulverhill with 15, Alex Johnson with 13 and Chris Poupore with 11 as the Huskies (8-1) steadily pulled away from a 33-22 halftime lead.
Tyler Lemza paced Peru with 15 points while Mackenzie Boice and Nick Lawliss each chipped in 10.
AuSable Valley 76, B-M 58: Adam Martin and Zach Burnett paced the Panthers (2-4) with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Sophomore Alex Burnett added 12 points, all coming from hard-nosed inside play against the taller Patriots as sophomores Taylor Tallman and Bryan Aubrey rounded out the BMC offense with seven and six points.
Shane Douglas paced the AV squad with a game-high 21 points, driving the center of the lane and showing his ability to step beyond the arc for a pair of treys. Kobe Parrow added 15 points to the win, while Austin Facteau and John Goodnough followed with 12 and 11 points, respectively, as Ausable Valley moved to 5-3 on the season.
Saranac 52, Tupper Lake 49: The Chiefs led 26-21 at the half then survived a late push by the Lumberjacks to gain the win. Leading the way for Saranac were Dylan Christopherson with 14 points, John Maye with 12 and Mitch Pellerin with 11.
Anson Gagnier fired through 17 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Lumberjacks. Mitch Keniston added 13.
OFA 87, Gouverneur 38: In an NAC Central Division matchup staged at Jerry Welsh Gym, the Blue Devils ran out to a 50-19 halftime lead as Kinnon LaRose led a balanced offense with 15 points followed by Matt Piercey and Seth Pinkerton with 12 points each.
Jordan Chambers paced the Wildcats with 11 points.