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LISBON - A fast start keyed by back-to-back-to-back three pointers from Jake Putney sparked Lisbon to a 38-16 NAC West Basketball win over Heuvelton on Blackout to Cancer night.

The two schools banded together to raise well over $1000 for the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center in Ogdensburg through selling black tee-shirts with pink lettering with both schools names engraved on them.

“It was just a successful night both in basketball and raising funds for a cause which has effected almost everyone in both school communities. We just had a great turnout. The junior varsity game was very close and the varsity game despite the score a tough one. We just got off to a great start. We had a lull in the second quarter when neither team could get a basket. I just thought our length hurt Heuvelton tonight because we played such great defense - definitely one of our best games in that department all season,” said LCS coach Sean Backus who inducted senior Jimmy Robinson into the LCS Hardwood Club for scoring 1000 career points at junior varsity level and varsity level before the game.

Robinson delivered a 17 points, 15 rebounds and four steals effort for the Golden Knights (10-1, 8-0 West) who led 17-8 at the half after a 11-2 start looking to maintain its honorable mention Class D state ranking.

Putney finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

“Jimmy and Jake are our main scorers but Ryan Buckley doesn’t get enough credit. He’s our scrapper. He gets a ton of rebounds and our guards on defense including Kobe Jordan, Tristan Vine, Donnie Duprey, and Adam Kelley just create a lot of problems,” said Backus after Buckley supplied eight boards and Vine recorded four steals.

Reilly Pierce scored six points and posted five rebounds for Heuvelton (5-6, 4-3 NAC West). Jack Palmer finished with four points while Casey Smith chipped in five boards and two points.

“Lisbon just came out and quickly got three three pointers. We just didn’t have any answers tonight,” said Heuvelton coach Josh McAllister.

In the junior varsity game, Lisbon won 60-55 as Coleman Smith scored a go-ahead basket at 56-55 with 26.5 seconds left in overtime and then added two free throws along with Hunter Gray.

Hunter Forsythe paced Lisbon with 10 points and Smith, Tucker Jordan and Ryan Mason each added nine.

Andrew Woodard scored 18 points, Josh Cote delivered 13 and Brayden Couglar added 12 for Heuvelton. Brandon Stewart hit a free throw with 27.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

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