HEUVELTON - Both Heuvelton and Colton-Pierrepont both made significant comebacks in Wednesdays Section 10 Class D boys basketball game played before a near full house HCS court.
Heuvelton (10-9) regrouped from a 21-8 first quarter deficit and fast-starting C-P (6-13) showed true grit erasing a 54-47 deficit in the final 2:30 of regulation. The Colts 11th hour rally climaxed when Ethan Knight banked home a floater in the lane with 3.1 seconds to play.
But there was no change of momentum in the overtime where Heuvelton claimed a 5-0 advantage, a 64-59 victory and a meeting with top-seeded and unbeaten St. Regis Falls in the fourth game of Saturdays Class D A-Rama at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse (Roos House).
The Colts and Bulldogs produced the drama of the opening round where two-time defending Class D Champion Madrid-Waddington, Edwards-Knox and Harrisville posted one-sided victories.
Saturdays action will see Lisbon and Harrisville meeting at noon, Madrid-Waddington meeting Morristown at 1:45 p.m., Edwards-Knox vs Chateaugay at 6 p.m. and Heuvelton vs St. Regis Falls at 7:45 p.m.
BULLDOGS STAY COURSE
Colton-Pierrepont really shot the ball well in the first quarter and we made some turnovers, said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
I told the guys that we just had to stay on the course and be aggressive. They did that and we came out with a win. Joe McDonnell came in off the bench and gave us a lot of energy when we needed it, Jeff Arquitt played very aggressively and freshman Cole Piercey gave us a good game at the point and hit two key threes in the second half.
The Colts of the NAC East, who were cited by their coaches for steady improvement over the course of the season, buried four threes in taking a 21-8 first quarter lead. Ethan Knight hit two threes in scoring 10 his team-high 19 points in the first quarter and added six in the final period. Zack Farr hit a three in the first period and bookended six points in the first and five in the fourth to finish with a high impact inside game of 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
Arquitt provided the offensive spark for the Heuveton comeback scoring 10 second quarter points and went to tally a game-high 24 which featured 9-12 free throw shooting. Reilly Pierce capped a 10-point, six-rebound effort with a putback to open the overtime. Mike Martin (9 points) converted a layup off a steal and later netted a free throw to complete the overtime scoring.
Casey Smith also added nine points with Cole Piercey netting two threes scoring eight second half points and Joe McDonnell (7 rebounds) and Jack Palmer each added two points.
The Colts balanced offense also featured Riley Doyle with 11 points including seven in the second quarter, Scott Boyce tally of seven points with a first quarter three and John Angleberger deliver eight well-earned interior points in the second half.
M-W STARTS TITLE DEFENSE
M-W 71, Hammond 29: A 21-6 second quarter advantage propelled the host Yellowjackets to halftime 40-11 lead.
We had a nice team effort tonight, Jacob Barney, Aaron Armstrong, Zach Brock and Harrison VanBuren all had nice floor games and Alex Hammond played exceptionally well going five for five from the field. Were looking forward to playing Morristown at SUNY Canton. We know they are good and have been playing with a lot of confidence. They have quickness and Ryan Vollmer is a good guard. Weve got to slow the pace down and get back in transition, said M-W coach Aaron Jones whose team improved to 10-9.
Alex Hammond paced all scorers with a season high 15 points with three steals and two rebounds for the Yellowjackets. Jacob Barney provided 12 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and six steals. Zach Brock chipped in 11 points keyed by three threes and TJ Gagnon delivered 11 points. Aaron Armstrong provided nine points, six assists and seven steals while Harrison VanBuren chipped in five boards, two assists and eight steals and contributed three points. Dakota Matthie added five points.
Zech Cunningham scored 11 points for Hammond (4-15). Brock Tulley added nine while Thomas Galloway added five.
Harrisville 53, Hermon-DeKalb 37: A 17-6 advantage in the third quarter helped the host Pirates break open a 21-17 lead at the half.
We didnt play very well in the first half and Hermon-DeKalb did. If we can play well on Saturday we can give Lisbon a game. But we have to play 32 minutes, said Harrisville coach Brian Coloney whose team improved to 12-7.
Jared Dreythaler, in his second week back from a soccer injury, delivered 19 points for the Pirates. Brendan Best tallied 11 followed by eight from Tim Fowler and seven from Zane Mono.
Cody Merritt scored 19 for Hermon-DeKalb. Hunter Woodrow and Jacob McDonald each added four.
E-K 77, P-H 42: The Cougars (13-6) erupted to a 28-7 first quarter lead against P-H (2-16) and Kaden Dandrow delivered a game high 28 points. Abe White tossed in a season high 15 while Dan Pharoah posted 10 points.
Jake Fenlong contributed eight while Trent White hit a three in a five point effort.
Wyatt Snell scored 16 points for P-H. Hunter Charleson and Mike Burns each tallied six points while Kobe Wells added five. Mike Cook scored three and Connor Sullivan, Hayes each added a field goal.
Chateaugay 62, C-F 35: A 34-9 start lifted the host Bulldogs (13-6) past the Eagles (1-16).
Seth Young provided 10 points for Chateaugay which received balanced scoring from 12 players. Noah Bowes added nine while Dylan LaBare and Nick Ashline each scored eight. Chase Koster scored 15 points for Clifton-Fine. Logan Hayes added 10.