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M-W Returns to Class D Finals

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CANTON - Madrid-Waddington making a run to a class championship game is becoming a constant in the Section 10 Boys Basketball landscape.

On Saturday, Coach Aaron Jones’ Jackets will meet NAC East rival Chateaugay at 2:45 p.m. at SUNY Canton looking for their third straight Class D title and state tournament berth. And for a second straight year, M-W has plotted a steady course to two upset victories.

In the 2011 tournament, M-W reached the Class C title game.

On Thursday night, at SUNY Canton, the seventh seeded Jackets impressively dropped third-seeded NAC West Division Champion Lisbon 57-40 to win the Class D2 Championship following up on a comeback victory over second seeded Morristown.

Fourth seeded Chateaugay reached the finals by scoring the upset of the season in boys basketball as the Bulldogs handed top-seeded and number three state-ranked St. Regis Falls its first loss of the season in a 54-47 decision.

The Jackets and Bulldogs split their two division games.

“I knew right from the start that this team would be ready for the playoffs. Our seniors give us a great leadership and our sophomores aren’t playing like sophomores any more,” said M-W Coach Aaron Jones.

“Chateaugay is an outstanding team. Defensively they are in your face all of the time.”

M-W CHASES 3-PEAT

The Jackets (12-9) established an extended and very aggressive zone defense immediately against Lisbon (15-5) snatching two steals and taking a 3-0 lead on a three-pointer by Aaron Armstrong.

A lead the Jackets never relinquished and a lead which they methodically expanded to 43-20 at the end of three quarters by frustrating the Knights with their defense, gaining an advantage on both backboards against a talented Lisbon front line and harvesting easy baskets inside off their set offenses.

Guard David Odendahl hit a three-pointer in each of the first three quarters and finished with 15 points in a balanced offense. Armstrong (8 rebounds) buried five of six free throws in the fourth quarter scoring 11 points and T.J. Gagnon crafted a 10-point, 16-rebound double-double. Jacob Barney tallied eight points with eight assists and Zach Brock scored six second-half points.

Alex Hammond added four third-quarter points and Harrison VanBuren buried a three-pointer.

But before claiming the win the Jackets had to steady themselves after a pair of threes by Jake Putney, trifectas by Koby Jordan and Jimmy Robinson and two putbacks by Ryan Buckley fueled a determined Lisbon comeback which cut the margin to 11 points on two occasions.

The second occasion came with 3:47 to play and was answered by an Odendahl drive which ignited a 10-4 closeout run by M-W.

“We wanted to be aggressive on defense and pressure the ball at all times. We knew Coach Sean Backus’ Lisbon team wouldn’t quit and they used gimmick defense well in the fourth quarter,” said Coach Jones.

“We struggled a little bit but we settled down.”

Lisbon’s effort was anchored by double-doubles of 15 points and 11 rebounds by Robinson and 11 points and 11 rebounds by Buckley. Putney finished with 11 points and Jordan finished with six points, three assists and three steals. Tristan Vine chipped in a free throw.

“Rebounding has been a strength for us all season and we knew we had to control the boards to win tonight. Madrid-Waddington got too many rebounds and too many easy baskets,” said Lisbon Coach Sean Backus.

“But I am just so happy that the guys played so well in the fourth quarter. It was a very enjoyable year and Jimmy Robinson, Jake Putney and Ryan Buckley gave us great leadership.”

CHATEAUGAY STOPS SAINTS

CANTON - And then there were none.

St. Regis Falls was the only unbeaten Section 10 Boys Basketball team coming into Thursday’s Section 10 Class D1 Championship at 19-0. But Chateaugay, which hasn’t played many games this season with a complete team, ended the Saints’ run in a 54-47 Section 10 Class D1 Championship win at SUNY Canton Roos House.

Chateaugay’s Seth Young, who has been dominant in two sectional games, fired in the three to begin the fourth quarter and nailed another trey with 4:08 to play for a 44-36 lead and the Bulldogs held serve down the stretch.

“We split with Madrid-Waddington this year and we have some history at this point of the season. We just have to keep executing and playing great defense,” Chateaugay Coach Mike Martin said.

“In our first two games with St. Regis Falls we were outboarded. We cleaned that up tonight.”

Young (3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) finished with 22 points including 10 in the fourth quarter where the Bulldogs won 19-15. Noah Bowes finished with 16 points and six rebounds. Jordan Martin contributed eight points, four rebounds, four steals and four assists. Chad Stalter added four points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

The Saints’ Brandon Votra scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and tallied 10 rebounds, three assists and four blocks. Louie Goodrow scored six of his nine points in the fourth quarter and added three boards.

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