BRUSHTON – The Brushton-Moira boys varsity basketball team opened up the Section 10 Class C semifinal contest against Norwood-Norfolk on the run - literally.
The BMC Panthers jumped in front of the Flyers 5-0. They maintained their advantage as the visitors made a run at the lead and pulled to within one point, 9-8, then capped the first quarter with a11-2 burst to lead by 10 points, 20-10, at the end of the opening stanza.
The Panthers were just getting started, and outran the Flyers the entire game en route to a 77-24 playoff win.
BMC dropped in 22 points during the second quarter to hold a 42-16 advantage at the half, then capped off the victory with 35 points in the second half to advance to the championship contest on Saturday, Feb. 22. Brushton-Moira (10-9) will take on the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks for the Class C crown at 1 p.m. at SUNY Canton. Tupper Lake advanced to the title game with a 59-29 over St. Lawrence Central.
We got a chance to mix and match our lineup throughout the game tonight (Thursday) in order to get ready for the title game, said Brushton-Moira coach Randy Todd II. We received a lot of contributions from several different players and this will only help us in our quest for the Class C championship no matter which team we face, Tupper (Lake) or St. Lawrence.
I was pleased with the way we cut down on our turnovers in the second half, continued the BMC boss. And, we rebounded the ball much better over that same stretch as well, which will definitely come into play, especially if its Tupper that we face.
Tupper likes to guard the rim and we like to attack it, and thats where our midrange game will come into play. I think that will be a key if we face Tupper, projected Todd.
The Panthers did their own attacking of the rim during the semifinal win against Norwood-Norfolk and had a pair of players finish with double figures in scoring.
BMC senior Adam Martin led the way with a game-high 27 points, including three of the teams four three-pointers. Martin just missed out on a double-double with nine steals and added five rebounds to the win.
Alex Burnett did manage to record a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, as Roland Burke and Taylor Tallman finished with eight points each. Tallman added seven boards and five assists to the BMC victory, while Jacob Jaques had a seven-point, three-rebound effort.
Just as the BMC coach wanted, the Panthers worked hard on the boards as Jason Leblanc and Bryan Aubrey (2 points) collected five and four rebounds, respectively.
Zach Burnett and Trent Gary completed the Panthers offensive output with five and two points, respectively.
Travis Gay scored nine points to lead the Flyers, who finished the 2013-14 winter campaign with a 3-16 mark. Ian St. Andrews added in six points to the Flyers final game of the season, while Garrett Waite netted the teams lone 3-pointer and Zach Benware.
Tupper Lake 59, SLC 29: In Tupper Lake, the two-time defending Class C champion Larries only trailed the top-seeded Lumberjacks 17-14 after the first quarter but were outscored 13-0 in the second quarter and never recovered in closing out their season at 2-17.
Josh White capped an outstanding senior season for the Larries with a team-high eight points followed by Shane Fuentes with seven and Brad Francis with four. Cody Meacham and Nate Arquette added three points apiece. Taylor Gauthier chipped in two. Brody Simonds and Jayce Lanning closed out the SLC scoring with a free throw each.
Anson Gagnier led Tupper Lake (13-6) with 14 points. Mitch Keniston chipped in 12 followed by Roger Delair with 11, Cody LaPierre with seven and Morgan Stevens with six.
CLASS B BOYS
In the first round of the Class B boys basketball tournament, Canton overcame a fast Gouverneur start en route to netting a 50-45 win at Jerry Hourihan Gym.
Evan LaPoint worked the paint for a game-high 21 points and 18 rebounds as the Bears answered a 21-10 start by the Wildcats with a 17-point run over the course of the second and third quarters. Scott Wight connected for a pair of three-pointers in an 11-point effort while Ryan Caldwell tallied six points.
Curt LaPlant went 6-6 from the foul line in leading the Wildcats (6-12) with 17 points while Devin Cox struck for another 16 points.
The Bears (8-10) will now travel to Ogdensburg on Wednesday to take on top-seeded OFA in the semi-final round. Salmon River plays at Potsdam in the other Class B semi. Both games are slated to tip-off at 6 p.m. The Class B final is Saturday, February 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the SUNY Canton Fieldhouse.