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MALONE - Friday’s early season meeting between Ogdensburg Free Academy and Malone featured everything asked of a contest between two highly regarded NAC Central League contenders.

The two teams matched scoring bursts and excellent team defense before Malone gained a 22-20 fourth quarter advantage to make a 21-13 first quarter advantage stand as the key factor in a 57-48 win and a 2-0 division record. A first quarter where Blue Devil senior tri-captain Cavan LaRose left the game after reinjuring his left knee which had been surgically rebuilt a year ago.

“We won’t know anything right now. We just have to wait and see what happens,” said OFA Coach Mark Henry.

“We got off to a good start with a 10-4 lead but Malone played very well and defended well. It was a great atmosphere for a game.”

Malone limited the Devils to 2-19 three-point shooting and Nate Monette led a balanced Huskie offense with 13 points. Mitch Gallagher and Jon Dunlavey followed with 19 and nine and Conor Bailey and Kody Mulverhill tallied eight and seven.

“It’s a great way to start out the season, with two big wins against two good teams,” stated Malone Coach Tim Lamay. “It was a total team effort and we received contributions from a lot of players.

Breton LaRose led OFA with a 10-point, 14-rebound double-double and scored seven points in the fourth quarter. Kinnon LaRose scored eight of his points in the fourth quarter grabbed 10 rebounds and three steals with Pat Cosmo contributing 11 points and five steals and Matt Piercey passing out seven assists and scoring five points. Colin Ross grabbed five rebounds.

The OFA JVs won their second straight NAC Central game with a 48-21 victory over Malone. “The guys are really playing well defensively and sharing the ball on offense,” said OFA Coach Scott Sargent. Tristan Moore, All Fisher, Justin Ross and DaKota Brady all netted seven points for the Blue Devils.

Massena 67 - Canton 38: Joe LaBelle led a balanced offense in the Raiders’ division opener with 16 points, including four three-pointers, while Zack Rusaw tossed through another 15 points. Evan LaPoint had 11 points and Eddie Bortnick added 10 for Canton.

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