LISBON - Before Monday nights first home basketball game of the season, Lisbon Central School honored the late Jack Gray. Gray, who passed away unexpectedly this summer, was fixture at Golden Knight games since the late 1960s.
The school district dedicated a stadium seat, with camo padding to recognize the renowns gunsmiths love of the outdoors, in the spot in the bleachers where he sat for so many years.
The Knights then opened their NAC West League with a 78-14 win over an overmatched Clifton-Fine team with the type of basketball which Jack Gray loved. Unselfish passing, sure ballhandling, smooth outside shooting and hustling defense.
Meanwhile, Heuvelton used a 31-11 third quarter run to break open a 73-55 win at Hermon-DeKalb, Hammond bounced back from a undermanned loss at Colton-Pierrepont with refueled energy in a 42-30 win over Morristown and Edwards-Knox gutted out a 57-49 win over visiting Harrisville.
Lisbon 78, C-F 14: Swingman Jake Putney delivered a solid 21 point performance for the Knights who received scoring from eight players en route to an opening NAC West Division win.
We ran well and had some nice contributions off the bench, said LCS Coach Sean Backus.
Adam Felt fired in five threes in a 18 point effort while inside force Jimmy Robinson added 17. Nick Snyder and Evan Robinson each scored six and Matt Willard logged five. Chase Foster scored six for C-F.
Heuvelton 73, H-D 55: Hermon-DeKalb coach Clay Denesha thought his team played pretty well for three quarters and complimented the play of HCS guard Mike Guardino.
Mike showed me a different player tonight than he was last year. Hes really worked on his shot, said Denesha after Mike Guardino scored 13 points in the pivotal third quarter to finish with 23. Dedrick Johnson tallied 23 points while Cody Holland added 12.
Cody Merrick generated 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for H-D. Macaulay Snell added 14 while Dylan Kimble chipped in 10 points and Steve Gilbert (10 rebounds) and Zach Robinson each logged eight.
Hammond 42, Morristown 30: First year head coach Brad Rogers credited his teams defense. We took away their outside game and really boarded well as a team, said Rogers. And Brock Tulley hit a pair of big threes late. I was happy with the way we pushed the ball.
Nolan Martin generated 11 points for the Devils who took a 25-15 lead in the third with a 9-2 run. Ryan Proven added nine while Payton Frisina chipped in eight.
DaKota Marshall scored 10 for Morristown while Ryan Vollmer chipped in six.
E-K 57, Harrisville 49: Despite shooting 11 of 23 at the foul line, the Cougars managed a win for first-year year coach Bill Davison.
It was sloppy but well take any win we can get any way. We just need to maintain our composure. We definitely are one of the more experience teams in the NAC West with nine seniors said Davison.
E-K was led by Tyler Tresidder (14 points), Kaden Dandrow (12 points), Jessie Bullock (10 points) and Chris Davison (10 points).
Joey Butts scored 14, Nick Weir netted 13 and Nate Weaver added 10 for Harrisville.