MADRID - Madrid-Waddingtons pressure defense was too much for Norwood-Norfolk to handle on Wednesday evening in the first round of the John Dinneen Memorial Basketball Tournament at The Hive.
The Jackets scored several buckets in transition after creating turnovers took a 25-5 first quarter lead and led 41-17 at halftime in a 75-21 decision over the Flyers, in a game that also served as the NAC North Division seasion opener for both squads.
M-W faces Brushton-Moira at 7 p.m. on Friday evening for the championship looking to defend the title. The Panthers rolled 60-42 past Tupper Lake in the opener which also served as a NAC North Division contest. The Consolation Game will take place at 7 p.m. in the Elementary Gym.
M-W 75, N-N 21: M-W Coach Aaron Jones was impressed with his teams first game after losing several starters from last yearss New York State finals run.
We showed a lot of nice things today. We really pushed the ball well and played excellent defense. We were unselfish and showed some balance. But we have a lot of work to do. Weve got to make quicker and smarter decisions with the ball, said Jones.
Colin OBryan picked right up from last season pacing the Jackets with 19 points, 10 steals and six assists. Richard Wright added 13 points and M-Ws lone three and collected four rebounds, two steals and two assists. Jacob Barney added deight points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Terry Crump posted six boards and 10 points while TJ Gagnon (six points), Greg Thompson (four points, two boards), Zach Brock (five points, six rebounds) and Alex Hammond (two points) rounded out the scoring.
Dan Devins scored 14 points for N-N. Cody Rust, Brett Barkley, and Kyle Martens each scored two while Ian St. Pierre added a free throw.
B-M 60, Tupper Lake 42: Justin Lavarnway scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half and grabbed five rebounds leading the Panthers to a 28-21 halftime lead.
Adam Martin and Zach Burnett each scored 11 points with Zach Burnett hitting three threes. Alex Burnett added 10 points and six boards. Loren Traynor posted eight points while Devin Benko chipped in nine steals and four assists.
For Tupper Lake, Mitch Keniston scored 21 points. Cody LaPierre added eight and Anson Gagnier chipped in six.
DINNEEN JV TOURNAMENT
Madrid-Waddidngton used a 49-36 win over Edwards-Knox to advance to play Brushton-Moira in the finals of the JV Tournament on Friday starting at 5:30 p.m.
Michael Thew scored 20 points while Luke Miller, John Lenny, and Dakota Matthie followed with seven, six and five respectively.
George Hicks and Jeremiah Randell each scored nine for E-K. Richard Finnerty added eight.
In high school girls basketball action on Wednesday, Salmon River pulled away to a 52-26 interdivisional win over Colton-Pierrepont and Hermon-DeKalb posted a 69-39 non-league win over Alexandria.
Salmon River 52, C-P 26: At Fort Covington, Abby Kelly tossed through 25 points and Kwiio King struck for another 14 as the Lady Shamrocks worked their way to a commainding 29-8 halftime lead. Taylor Francis added seven points toward the winning total while Jaiden Mitchell, Taryn King and Zaagaate Jock each chipped in two.
Morgan Doyle anchored the C-P effort with 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Haylee Hennessy (7 rebounds, 3 steals) chipped in seven points followed by Andrea Aldous with four, Kylie McKinley with three and Autumn Clark with two.
H-D 69, Alexandria 39: Clarissa Davis fired in six three pointers enroute to a 18 point, seven rebound, and five steals performance and Courtney Harrington generated 19 points, six rebounds and five steals leading Hermon-DeKalb past visiting Alexandria. Kasey ODonnell added 10 points, 10 assists and nine steals while Bridget Rust added nine points. Morgan Stott chipped in eight points and eight boards.
Hannah Lynch paced Alexandria Bay with 18 points including four threes. Loren Beard added 13 points including three threes.