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Defense keys Potsdam Central boys hoops win over Indian River


POTSDAM - A more defensive approach helped carry the Potsdam Central varsity boys basketball team past non-league rival Indian River on Tuesday.

“We really focused on defense in practice and tonight we really came to play defensively,” said coach Brooks Bigwarfe after the Sandstoners outlasted the Warriors 48-46 in overtime. “This is a huge win over us going forward.”

Senior guard Nick Vaccaro, who led all scorers with 15 points, drilled four of his five three-pointers in the fourth quarter as Potsdam regrouped from being outscored 17-8 in the third quarter to tie the game at 41-41 and force overtime. Dequan Pitts added 11 points toward the winning effort followed by Brian Cole with eight, Jack Byrnes with seven, Jake Mitchell with four and Matt Stone with three.

Shelton Williams paced Indian River (7-3) with 14 points while Daniel Angelo and Malik Tillman each netted 12.

Now 7-6 overall, the Sandstoners return to action on Thursday at home against NAC Central Division rival St. Lawrence Central starting with the JV contest at 5:30 p.m.

In other non-league boys basketball matchups on Tuesday, Salmon River gained consolation honors at the Jim Darcy Memorial Tournament with a 64-42 win over Hammond and Canton beat host Lisbon 50-42 to capture the championship while another contest saw St. Lawrence Central outscore Parishville-Hopkinton 68-33.

Salmon River 64, Hammond 42: Kason Tarbell tallied eight of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter leading the Shamrocks’ 21-6 run. Russ Oakes netted 11 points in the victory followed by Jordan Wood with seven while Antoine Domino and Tyler Brooks each finished with six.

Hammond’s high energy duo of Brock Tulley and Zech Cunningham scored 13 and 11 points with Devon Leach netting six in the second half and Jaylyn Raglin adding five.

The Shamrocks (3-7) are slated to host an interdivisional game against Chateaugay this evening.

Canton 50, Lisbon 42: Scott Wight, who scored nine of his 15 points in the second quarter after netting a game-winning buzzer beater in Monday’s win over Salmon River, was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. Evan LaPoint, who served as the focal point of the Bears’ passing in high and low post, was named to the All-Tournament Team after scoring 11 points.

Lisbon was represented by Jimmy Robinson and Jake Putney. Antoine Domino of Salmon River and Hammond’s Brock Tulley rounded out the All-Tournament Team.

Salmon River won the Junior Varsity Championship over Lisbon 44-28.

SLC 68, P-H 33: In a meeting of former East Division rivals staged in Parishville, the visiting Larries relayed a 34-14 halftime lead into their first win of the season. Josh White fired through a career-high 31 points for the Larries. Nate Arquette added nine points while Shane Fuentes and Bradley Francis each finished with eight, Isaac Jandreau with six, Trent Saumier with four and Brody Simonds with two.

For the Panthers (2-9), Wyatt Snell tossed through four three-pointers to account for his team-high 12 points. Hunter Charleson chipped in nine. Mike Burns and Mike Charleson tallied four apiece followed by Connor Sullivan with two. Kobe Wells and Lucas Snell each netted a free throw.

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