SHENENDEHOWA - The Ogdensburg Free Academy Boys opened their season with a huge 55-53 win over Shenendehowa while the Lady Devils turned in a solid effort in 50-37 loss to Queensbury High School in action at the Capital District Coaches vs Cancer Basketball Shootout on Friday night.
The Devils boys will look to follow up a victory over the Class AA Plainsmen facing Class A opponent New Hartford this morning at Adirondack Community College.
OFA 55 - Shenendehowa 53: Matt Piercey broke a 53-53 tie with a driving second layup with 17 seconds to play and the Devils completed a strong defensive effort with a closing stop to secure the victory.
This was really a nice win and rebounding was a big key. We went to 3-2 zone and did a great job on the boards against a team which was much bigger than us and we only had 12 turnovers against a team which played a very good 3-2 zone, said OFA Coach Mack Henry.
Colin Ross gave us a big spark with a strong defensive effort off the bench.
Cavan LaRose led the Devils on the boards with 15 rebounds to go along with five assists and Breton LaRose had eight rebounds to go along with 15 points.
Piercey finished with a team-high 19 points and buried three three-pointers and Kinnon LaRose hit three threes scoring 11 points. Pat Cosmo rounded out the winning total with eight points.
Todd McCarthy netted a game-high 20 points for the Plainsmen and tallied three threes and Jake Hicks and Draw Zlogary each finished with 11 points.
The Malone Boys also gained a win at the shootout defeating Berne-Knox-Waterloo 70-56. Jon Dunlavey led the balanced offensive output with 16 points with Mitchell Gallagher and Harvey Smith tossing in 11 points each.
OFA GIRLS FALL
QUEENSBURY - Host Queensbury used a 21-10 fourth quarter advantage to pull away from the OFA Girls.
We controlled a good portion of the game but they hit some threes late to pull away. We worked very hard but they also had two six-footers on their front line, said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins.
Davis and Nelson led the winners with 12 and 10 points while Riley Luckie buried four three-pointers scoring a game-high 16 points for OFA. Meg Dodge followed with 10 points. Courtney Sherwin added five, Susie Morrow four and Jocelyn Fifield chipped in one.