There was supposed to be a tripleheader of Section 10 basketball championship games today at SUNY Potsdam, but the middle game (Class D) was postponed to 1:30 p.m. Sunday because Chateaugay was snowed in. The Bulldogs (19-1) will be facing Madrid-Waddington (19-1) in that game. Each team handed the other its only loss.
Class C Championship
St. Lawrence Central (13-7) won its first boys basketball championship in school history, defeating Brushton-Moira 60-57 in the first game Saturday afternoon.
The Larries started the year with a 56-16 loss to Chateaugay and were 1-4 after five games, though those were against big schools like Potsdam, Ogdensburg Free Academy and Malone.
Brushton-Moira (9-10) had a 16-10 lead early in the game, but the Larries battled back to tie the game 22-22 by halftime. SLC built a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter and held off another Panthers comeback attempt.
SLC's Zane Ramsdell, who finished with 12 points, clinched the game when he made two free throws with 15.3 seconds left to give the Larries a 60-54 lead.
Donovan Patraw and Nate Cole also scored 12 points for SLC while Regan Dunbar tossed in 10.
Nick Debyah led the Panthers with 16 points. Devan Mills scored 12 and Colton Garrand produced 10.
Coach Joey Reome
Class B Championship
One year after playing in the state championship game Potsdam (18-2) is back in the state playoffs, aiming for a third straight trip to the final four in Glens Falls after a 57-50 win over rival OFA (14-6).
The Sandstoners lost three key players from last year's team to graduation in 1,000-point scorers John Coleman, Zac Adams and Scott Bartenstein.
But despite losing all that talent, Potsdam still has been consistently winning. The only teams it lost to this year are OFA and Indian River and Potsdam has also beaten both of those teams.
Potsdam was led by its inside game today as Michael Chambers finished with 17 points. But as the video below shows, Chambers also has an outside touch.
The game was even heading into the fourth quarter as neither team was able to build a big lead. But Potsdam took over in the final quarter, opening with a 10-2 run and closed out the game making six free throws in the final 69 seconds.
Owen Mitchell scored 14 points and Konnor Bigwarfe added 10 for Potsdam. Pat Cosmo led OFA with 17 points and Breton LaRose added 14 for the Blue Devils.