POTSDAM - A fourth-quarter comeback against undefeated Franklin Academy came up short for the Potsdam Central varsity boys basketball team on Friday but coach Brooks Bigwarfe was impressed with his club just the same.
We were down by 16 points in the second half and we actually battled back to go ahead by one with a little over three minutes left. For us to be able to do that against a team like Malone really shows how far this team has come since the start of the season, noted Bigwarfe after the Huskies regrouped to claim a 57-53 NAC Central Division decision over the Sandstoners.
Our team is really starting to find its identity and showed a lot of character tonight. Hopefully this game gives us even more confidence going forward, Bigwarfe added.
Only four Potsdam players made their way onto the scoresheet led by senior Konnor Bigwarfe with 17 points. Juniors Shawn Clark and Will Coleman chipped in 14 points apiece while senior Owen Mitchell accounted for the other eight.
Nate Monette and Mitch Gallagher anchored the Huskies offense with 12 points each. Jon Dunlavey netted another 11 followed by Austin Lamay with nine and Alex Johnson with four while Connor Dailey, Chris Poupore and Kody Mulverhill all finished with three points apiece.
The Sandstoners (7-3, 3-3) return to action next Friday at home against Massena.
In the JV game, Potsdam gained a 49-35 decision over the junior Huskies. Jake Mitchell fired through a game-high 18 points followed by Jack Byrnes with 11 and Matt Stone with seven.
Zach Raymond led FA with 13 points.
Canton 61, Salmon River 41: At Jerry Hourihan Gymnasium in Canton, the Host Bears led 19-5 by the end of the first quarter before going on to net the win in the other Central Division game played on Friday.
Scott Wight and Evan LaPoint tossed through 14 points apiece while Ed Bortnick and Nick Archibald chipped in 10 points each followed by Bryant Wentworth with five and Charles Ames with four while Eugene Hitchman and Francesco Palumbo closed out the Canton scoresheet with two points each.
Russ Oakes led all scorers with 10 points in the losing effort. Josh Hynes tallied nine followed by Justin Bigness with six, Skye Sunday with four, Dylan Whitehead with two and Chance Monette with one.
In NAC interdivisional matchups between North Division and East Division rivals, St. Lawrence Central outscored Parishville-Hopkinton 70-29, Brushton-Moira downed Colton-Pierrepont 36-27 and St. Regis Falls handled Norwood-Norfolk 64-35.
SLC 70, P-H 29: In Parishville, the Larries raced out to a 23-2 lead in the first quarter then outscored the Panthers 39-20 in the second half to come away with the convincing win. Zane Ramsdell led a balanced SLC offense with 14 points. Josh White added 13 followed by Jessi Greer with 10, Tyler Savage with nine, Corey LaBarge with six and Shane Fuentes with five. Bradley Francis and Todd Ramsdell added four points apiece, Cody Meacham three and Hunter Ramsdell the other two.
Tanner Wilson and Mike Burns anchored the P-H effort with 10 points each. Anthony Pullano added four followed by David Eames with three and Ryan Snyder with two.
B-M 36, C-P 37: In Brushton, the host Panthers built a 19-14 halftime lead and made it stand for the win. Zach Burnett led the winning offense with 13 points followed by Loren Traynor with seven while Alex Burnett and Justin Lavarnway each contributed six.
Scott Boyce led the Colts with 13 points. Bruce Avery netted eight while Jake Angleberger, Patrick Martin and Brent Hoyt each finished with two.
SRF 64, N-N 35: In Norfolk, the Saints built a 32-16 halftime lead then broke the game open with a 20-6 third-quarter run en route to raising their undefeated record to 12-0.
Caleb Green led the way with 21 points followed by Brandon Votra with 18 and Corey LaBounty with eight.
Dan Devine netted 15 points in the losing cause. Kyle Martens chipped in nine followed by Garrett Waite with four and Brandon Sawyer with three. Cody Ruse and Jake Matthie each netted two.
In West Division action on Friday, Edwards-Knox held off Harrisville 47-44, Heuvelton beat Hermon-DeKalb 64-17, Morristown turned back Hammond 48-45 and Lisbon stopped Clifton-Fine 66-21.
St. Lawrence Central 61, Parishville-Hopkinton 31: In the only NAC girls basketball action on Friday, Breanna Vatter tossed in six three-pointer en route to a 20 point, three rebound, two steal, two assist performance for the Larries (6-5, 4-3 NAC North) over the host Panthers (2-6, 1-6 NAC East). Lindsey Thayer added 12 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and four steals while Sam Richards tallied seven points and seven rebounds and Caitlin Grow chipped in eight boards and six points. Noelle Rufa scored six while Chelsea Savage added eight boards and four points as the Larries led 33-23 at halftime and sealed the win with a 18-2 third. Kodi Perkins scored eight and Cailtin McGregor added seven for P-H.