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POTSDAM - During OFA’s sectional championship basketball games at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall, Brogan LaRose displays a sign “LAROSE 3” to support his brothers: Breton, Cavan and Kinnon LaRose.

The full “cubic” effect was put on display on the court in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s 80-48 victory over St. Lawrence Central in the overall Section 10 semi-finals. The LaRose brothers combined to score 17 points in a 28-10 run which carried the Class B Champion Devils (20-1) away from a determined challenge by the Class C Champion Larries (10-11) and forged momentum for tonight’s All-NAC Central Division Section 10 Championship game against Massena.

The Class A Raiders (10-8) moved into 7:15 p.m. tipoff with a 64-50 win over Class D Champion Madrid-Waddington (16-7). Canton and Salmon River will play another All-Central matchup in the girls game at 5:30 p.m.

Sparked by three first-half three-pointers by Shane Fuentes, three driving conversions by Josh White in the third quarter and the rebounding, interior scoring and kickout passing of Shane Ramsdell; SLC trailed 50-38 heading into the closing seconds of third quarter.

The Devils, who are ranked fourth in this week’s New York State Class B pool, received a prelude to their pull-away when Matt Piercey buried an improvised jump shot under double coverage at the top of the key as the quarter expired.The fourth quarter opened with Kinnon and Cavan LaRose hitting consecutive three-pointers and Kinnon and Breton following with a steal and block which ignited the Devils’ vaunted running game.

“We were able to get it going pretty well in the fourth quarter but St. Lawrence Central played very well. They hit some tough shots and Zane Ramsdell played very well inside for them,” said OFA Coach Mark Henry after OFA hit four of their eight threes in the final quarter.

“Matt Piercey did a very nice job penetrating the lane for us and Cavan LaRose just keeps getting stronger with every game.”

Breton LaRose buried two threes in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds which included three offensive tap-ins. After the game the senior honored as the NAC Central MVP and received the 2013 Joe Jukoski Memorial Award from the NNY Officials Board (see story on page 2B). Piercey finished with 16 points and five assists and Kinnon LaRose (4 rebounds, 3 assists) tallied seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Pat Cosmo netted eight points with three assists, Cavan LaRose finished with five points and Tyler Knowlton struck for five quick points in the fourth quarter. Colin Ross and Seth Pinkerton each hit three-pointers, Jack Manke blocked three scores and scored two points along with Alex Farrell.

“This was a good game for us. The team we will play in the states (Section 2 champion, Wednesday 6 p.m. at Saratoga High School) should be a team like OFA,” said SLC Coach Joe Reome.

“We hung with them for three quarters tonight. We shot the ball well and Zane Ramsdell showed that he can play inside with any team in the state.”

Ramsdell finished 12 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in a balanced SLC offense which also featured 13 points from Shane Fuentes (2 assists), 10 points from Josh White (2 assists) and seven points from Jessi Greer.

Cody Meacham and Bradley Francis both chipped in with three-pointers.

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