CANTON - The Canton Central boys basketball team answered a fast Norwood-Norfolk start in pulling away to a 79-44 win in the first round of the Section 10 Class C playoffs on Wednesday at Jerry Hourihan Gym.
The visiting Flyers netted the first four points of the game but the Bears generated nine of the next team and never looked back as they built a 25-15 lead by the end of the first quarter and went ahead 43-26 by halftime before breaking the game open with a 24-6 third-quarter run.
(Norwood-Norfolk) always plays hard and battles right to the end. This was the game we needed to win to get to the next level. We did some good things tonight but we still have things we need to work on to get ready for Tupper Lake, said coach Bill Porter after the Bears advanced to a semi-final round matchup on Friday on the road against the top-seeded Lumberjacks starting at 6 p.m.
Senior Bryant Wentworth led all scorers with 24 points, including the first four points of the game for the Bears (7-12). Classmate Nick Archibald and junior Evan LaPoint both finished with 15 points followed by Eddie Bortnick with nine. Charles Ames and Francesco Palumbo chipped in four points apiece. Thomas Christy and Scott Wight netted three each and Cody Peters accounted for the other two.
For the Flyers (2-17), senior Cody Rust tossed through 15 points and classmate Dan Devine struck for another nine. Garrett Waite contributed four points followed. Kyle Martens, Kyle Steenberg and Ben Barkley all added three points with Barkley draining the lone three-pointer of the game for N-N when he rattled one through the rim at the buzzer to close out the scoring. Connor Pernice, Brandon Sawyer and Zach Benware tallied two points apiece while Jake Matthie closed out the Flyer scoresheet with a free throw.
Second-seeded St. Lawrence Central, the defending Class C champion, plays host to Brushton-Moira in the other Class C semi-final on Friday at 6 p.m. The Class C championship game is slated for Saturday, February 23, at SUNY Potsdams Jerry Welsh Gymnasium starting at 1 p.m.
CLASS D OPENERS
In the five Section 10 Class D boys basketball tournament openers on Wednesday, Morristown stopped Colton-Pierrepont 48-34, Harrisville turned back Parishville-Hopkinton 75-31, Madrid-Waddington beat Hermon-DeKalb 74-29, Lisbon dropped Clifton-Fine 52-27 and Heuvelton outlasted Hammond 46-43 in overtime.
Morristown 48, C-P 34: In Colton, the Rockets (7-12) earned their second win this season against the Colts (7-11) gradually pulling away from a 9-4 first quarter lead to become the lone road team to post a first-round win.
Morristown went 21-30 from the foulline and that was kind of the difference, said Colton-Pierrepont coach Tim Doyle.
Ryan Vollmer was 10-for-11 at the foulline scoring 18 points for Morristown. Bobby Simmons tossed in two threes in a 14 point effort while Dakota Marshall added eight and Jacob Fox chipped in seven.
Zach Farr tallied 12 points on four three-pointers to anchor the Colts offense. Gyle Dominy added six points while Riley Doyle and Scott Boyce each finished with four.
Harrisville 75, P-H 31: The host Pirates (15-4) jumped out a 30-5 first quarter lead and sealed the win with a 22-7 third quarter in beating the Panthers (0-16).
Nathan Weaver and Jared Dreythaler each scored 13 points for Harrisville. Nick Weir and Justin Hartle each scored 10 while Joey Butts added eight.
Mike Burns paced P-H with 12 points followed by Mike Cook with 10, Ryan Snyder with five and Ian Wilson with four.
M-W 74, H-D 29: The Yellowjackets (13-6) earned their second meeting with No. 3 Chateaugay this season pulling away from a 20-10 first quarter against the visiting Demons (3-15).
We played pretty well as a team and our bench provided a lot of good minutes. Chateaugay is a tough matchup. We lost in our only game this season and theyre led by four solid players in Bowes, Barnes, Martin and Young. In our last meeting, Chateaugay took advantage of our three to four minute lapse of play. Weve got to play smart and limit our mistakes that we can control, said M-W coach Aaron Jones after his squad took its first step toward defending the Class D title.
Colin OBryan tallied 13 points, five steals and four assists for the Jackets. Richard Wright hit two threes in a 12-point effort while TJ Gagnon added eight points. Zach Brock chipped in six points and nine boards while Terry Crump added eight, Greg Thompson and James Hunt each scored six, Maurice Rease collected seven, and David Odendahl posted four.
Steve Gilbert scored 14 points for H-D. Cody Merritt added six while Macaulay Snell chipped in four.
Lisbon 52, C-F 27: Jimmy Robinson scored 10 of Lisbons 18 points in the first quarter and combined for 11 of the Knights 20 points in the third quarter with Jake Putney (6) in the convincing win. Lisbon (14-5) took a 18-5 lead after one and expanded a 30-11 halftime lead to 50-15 with a 20-4 third quarter against the Eagles (1-18). Robinson finished with 18 points. Putney logged 15 while David Turri added six and Adam Felt chipped in five.
Matt Russell scored 10 for C-F followed by Chase Koster with seven.
Heuvelton 46, Hammond 43 (OT): The host Bulldogs raced out to an 11-0 lead converting turnovers off their fullcourt press and seemed to be on the verge of cruising into Saturdays quarter-final round.
But the Hammond steadied some obvious jitters, slowed the tempo by protecting the ball and employing a a zone defense which proved problematic to the Bulldogs, capped a methodical comeback with a tying fade-away three-pointer by Nolan Martin with just 2.4 seconds to play in the fourth quarter and found themselves possessing a 43-42 lead on the strength of Darin Bresett jumper and the ball with 44 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs went to their defense to stage a dramatic rally and regained the lead on two free throws by Mike Guardino with 33 seconds to go.
Heuvelton upped its lead to 46-43 and Guardino hit to more free throws with 7.7 seconds remaining after a Dedrick Johnson steal with 23 seconds to play.
Coach Josh McAllisters team sealed the win with a defensive stand which forced Hammonds final shot to be a running three-point attempt just before the buzzer.
Guardino finished with 12 points to lead the winning offense and Cody Holland tallied 11 with three in overtime. Aaron Cobb and Dederick Johnson followed with nine and six points and Jon Sloan buried a three at the buzzer of the first quarter to create a 17-6 lead.
Martin scored all of his 13 points in the second and netted six sparking Hammond to a 14-7 fourth quarter. Bresett finished with 12 points after hitting two foul line jumpers to give the Devils leads in overtime.
Ryan Proven netted nine points and Payton Frisina added four points.