HEUVELTON - Host Heuvelton and Harrisville took advantage of forcing mistakes and exploiting each others miscues throughout Thursdays NAC West basketball game.
Down the stretch the Pirates took advantage of large scale foul trouble in the Bulldogs ranks to complete a comeback from a 18-2 deficit, with 4:50 remaining in the first half, and secure a 50-45 victory which left both teams at 1-1 in division play.
Edwards-Knox and Hammond shared the early lead at 2-0 after Thursday wins over Lisbon and Clifton-Fine.
The Pirates outscored the Bulldogs 16 (16-29) to three (3-12) from the free throw line and shot free throws in the double bonus for the final four minutes of the game. The Bulldogs starting backcourt fouled out but they still managed to gain the lead in the final minute. Harrisville secured the win behind poised play from freshman guard Nate Weaver who finished with a game-high 24 points which included 8-10 free throw shooting and four three-pointers.
Moments after a Dedrick Johnson gave HCS a 45-43 lead Weaver cooly swished a three-pointer from the left corner for a 46-45 lead with 46 seconds remaining and then buried a pair of free-throws for a 48-45 lead. Tim Fowler, who tallied seven points on the night, stole an inbounds pass to seal then issue with nine seconds play. Nick Weir and Joe Butts added six ahd five points.
We can play defense with anyone and tonight it was just a matter a settling down. Our young guys did a much better job of keeping their composure than they did against Edwards-Knox, said Harrisville Coach Brian Coloney.
We just kept mixing our defenses and I think we wore them out a little and we held our own on the boards.
Johnson finished with 20-point effort for the Bulldogs which included four three-pointers and six rebounds. Cody Holland and Mike Guardino followed with nine and eight points and Chris Power grabbed seven rebounds.
Heuvelton won the JV game 36-29 led by 12 points from Andy Streeter and eight from Mike Martin. Toyler Sale tallied six points for Harrisville.
Both teams played very hard tonight but we just didnt keep our composure or make our free throws, said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.
We just didnt do the things we did to get an 18-2 lead.
H-D 55, Morristown 52:The Demons evened their mark at 1-1 in the NAC West as Macauley Snell generated 12 of his 18 points in an 18-11 fourth quarter edge.
Cody Merrick added 15 points with two threes while Jaron Robinson and Zach Robinson added seven and six points.
For MCS, Zach Kanaly tallied a game-high 19 points with four threes. Bobby Simmons tallied 12 points while Devin Dulmage chipped in nine and Dakota Marshall added eight.
In junior varsity play, Morristown won 59-20 over Hermon-DeKalb.Ryan Vollmer tallied 16 points to lead the way. Jake VanArnam added 10 while Luke King chipped in nine. Tristan Gilmour added eight followed by six each from Jacob Fox and Ian Bailey.
Hunter Woodrow (six points), Dylan Burwell (four points), and Pat Woodrow (three pointer) paced H-D.
E-K 42, Lisbon 32: When it comes to big wins, Edwards-Knox coach Bill Davison pointed to his first three opponents in Harrisville, Lisbon and Heuvelton. Coach Davison and his Cougars got their second big win of the young season at Lisbon to improve to 2-0 on the NAC West season and will face Heuvelton on Monday.
Kaden Dandrow generated 12 points, Chris Davison tallied 10 points and Jessie Bullock added eight points as E-K led 18-12 at halftime and then 27-22 after three.
It was a back and forth defensive battle. We cut it to five but then they would answer. They are a very good team, said LCS coach Sean Backus.
Tyler Tresidder added seven while Tyler Sharpestene finished with seven for the winners.
Jimmy Robinson scored 13 points and hauled in 14 rebounds for Lisbon. Adam Felt provided seven points and four assists while Jacob Putney chipped in six points- all in the first half before getting injured.
Hammond 52, Clifton-Fine 34: Nolan Martin tossed in 20 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and collected six steals and Darin Bresett hauled in 10 rebounds and scored 18 points to lead the Red Devils (2-1, 2-0 NAC).
Ryan Proven added nine boards and eight points while Payton Frisina chipped in six boards and Nick Jewett tallied five caroms in the win which was sealed with a 21-7 fourth.
Matt Russell scored 11 points while Chase Coster added seven for C-F and Mike Rust added five.
St. Regis Falls 84, C-P 44: Caleb Green led a balanced SRF offense with 23 points. Brandon Votra added 20 followed by Corey LaBounty with 12 and Cody Lane with nine in the NAC East matchup. Zach Farr paced the Colts with 10 points.
Gouverneur 64, SR 44:The Wildcats (1-1 NAC Central) took a 17-8 first quarter lead and sealed the win with a 21-4 third quarter run. Troy Gates generated 19 points, Mark Horne delivered 18 and Devin Cox tossed in 16 to pace Gouverneur which also received seven points from Kurt LaPlante. Josh Hynes scored 21 points for Salmon River (0-2 Central). Kwio Jacobs tallied 11 and Jon Bigness added seven.
Tupper Lake 36, Saranac Lake 31: Liz Zurek led the winning offense with 14 points. Katie Stuart 10 points toward the win.
Lake Placid 2, SLC 0: Brooke Reid scored in the second period and tallied an empty-net goal. Samantha Barney assisted both goals while Tanner Stanton handled the 11 shots she faced in backstopping the shutout.
Steph Peets posted 26 saves working the SLC crease.