CANTON - Ending a two-week layoff on the fly, OFA raced out to a 27-8 first quarter lead and cruised to an 85-39 NAC Central Boys Basketball win at Canton on Tuesday. The 9-1 Blue Devils climbed to 5-1 in division play and continued to collect momentum for Tuesdays home game rematch with undefeated Malone which handed OFA its only loss of the season.
Tuesdays game will also be OFAs annual Coaches Vs Cancer Boys Basketball game where all gate proceeds and funds from other events during the course of the evening will be donated to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Society.
This game was actually won 10 years ago when the OFA players made such a big committment to develop their games in the offseason, said Canton Coach Bill Porter.
They play the game so well, they forced a lot of turnovers tonight and they shoot extremely well. Evan Lapoint played a solid game for us inside.
The Devils buried six of their eight three-pointers in the first half and featured five players with eight points or more led by Colin Ross, a prototype sixth man, who tallied a game-high 19 points with a pair of threes.
Colin Ross gave us tremendous energy tonight off the bench on both offense and defense. I started Jack Manke to give us more size and having Colin Ross as a sixth man is just a tremendous asset for us, said OFA Coach Mark Henry.
We had another really good team effort. We played good defense and got out and ran early.
The trio of Breton LaRose (18 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks), Kinnon LaRose (14 points, 10 assists, 5 steals) and Matt Piercey (13 points, 3 steals, 6 assists) led the Devils excellence at both ends of the court. Pat Cosmo tallied eight points, Jack Manke blocked two shots and scored two points while Connor Hannan scored five points and Seth Pinkeerton grabbed four rebounds.
Evan LaPoint scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots for Canton and Bryant Wentworth netted two threes scoring six points.
OFA JVs 61 - Canton 30: Nick Sweeney scored eight of his 10 points sparking a 15-4 first period run for Coach Scott Sargents Devils who stayed undefeated on the season. Josh Farrar led the winning offense with 11 points and was cited by Coach Sargent for continuing his season-long development in all phases of the game.
DaKota Brady netted 10 points, Nick Green talled seven points and Al Fisher and Tristan Moore followed with six and five. Hunter Yerdon scored eight points for Canton and Louden Porter and Montana Meashaw followed with seven and six.
Potsdam 73, Gouv 34: Konnor Bigwarfe scored 20 points and Shawn Clark netted 14 to to lead Potsdam (7-2, 3-2). Mark Horne led the Wildcats (2-8, 1-5) with 14 points.
Massena 74, SR 38:Joey LaBelle made nine 3-point baskets and finished with 27 points to lead the Red Raiders (6-4, 3-2). Joshua Hynes led Salmon River (1-8, 0-6) with 11 points.