Sustaining and mounting momentum were the order of the evening for the OFA Boys and Girls Basketball teams which recorded NAC Central wins over Potsdam on Tuesday.
Playing at home the 9-1 Blue Devil Boys, the number five ranked Class B team in New York State, raised their division record to 6-0 and set the stage for a midseason showdown at 6-0 Massena on Thursday by posting a 98-39 win.
The 5-3 Devils Girls rebounded from a nonleague loss to Carthage by posting a 63-37 win for a 4-1 division record. The Lady Devils will host Massena in their Coaches vs Cancer game on Friday and then meet reigning NAC Central Champion Canton at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the first round of the rescheduled Ben Cordwell Memorial Tournament.
BOYS SET SHOWDOWN
Looking ahead to Thursdays game at Massena, which downed Malone on Tuesday, OFA Coach Mark Henry spoke about establishing tempo.
Massena has excellent size so we have rebound well and we have play good defense to establish the tempo we want to play at, said Henry.
We cant play the game at their tempo.
The Devils established their desired uptempo pace immediately against Potsdam rolling out a 28-9 first quarter lead.
OFA captains Kinnon LaRose (32), Matt Piercey (23), Colin Ross (11) and Conor Hannan (9) combined for 75 points and 11 three-pointers and played consistently strong on both sides the of the ball.
LaRose was a model of diverse efficiency as he buried five threes, made 5-7 free throws, grabbed 10 rebounds, passed out seven assists, snatched six steals and blocked two shots. Piercey netted three threes and complemented his scoring with six assists, six rebounds and three steals.
Ross finished with 11 points and one three and Hannan tallied nine points with two threes. Al Fisher tallied five points and five rebounds with Tristan Moore and DaKota Brady also scoring five.
Nick Vaccaro struck for three threes scoring 13 points for Potsdam (3-3 NAC, 4-5) and Matt Stone netted seven.
The OFA JVs posted a 71-11 victory to stay unbeaten in Central Division play. Peyton Lalones 17 points led a balanced winning offense which also featured 13 points from Connor Badlam, seven points from Josh Farrar, Joey Dalton and Avery Love and six points from Nate McCarney.
Lucas Bird tallied 11 points for Potsdam.
SPECIAL GIRLS GAMES
After playing seven of their first eight games on the road, OFA Coach Lynn Blevins is looking for his girls to play their best basketball of the seasons.
In past seasons we have always played very well at home and hopefully we can keep it up. We need to continue momentum against Massena for our game with Canton Saturday and then we play Malone at home, said Coach Blevins.
We had a very good second half against Potsdam where Riley Luckie, Meg Dodge and Taylor Perry did a great job in all facets of the game, getting every one involved and playing good defense.
Luckie tallied a game-high 24 points hitting four threes and passing out five assists, Dodge scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half and grabbed five rebounds and Perry delivered six steals and nine assists.
Susie Morrow (6 points) and Courtney Sherwin combined for seven and five rebounds. Potsdam standout Sarah Vivlamore, who has been hampered by injuries all season, led Potsdam with 13 first half points and Courtney DiTullio netted a pair of threes scoring six points.
AROUND NAC CENTRAL
The Massena Boys downed Malone 64-57 led by Dante and Xavier Viskovich who tallied 20 and 12 points.
In Girls action Lindsay Thayer delivered 24 points and 17 rebounding St. Lawrence Central to a 60-42 win over Salmon River and Rachel Lamicas 14 points led NAC Central unbeaten Malone to a 51-29 win over Massena which received eight points from Samantha Villnave.