CANTON - Seventh seeded Madrid-Waddington completed the Cinderella Story of the 2014 Section 10 Basketball Championship Tournament, on Saturday, at SUNY Canton claiming its third straight Class D Championship.
For the second straight season the Jackets prevailed as a lower seed in a decisive 68-52 win over fourth seeded Chateaugay which eliminated top-seeded St. Regis Falls.
For the second time in three straight wins at SUNY Canton, the Jackets (13-9) methodically came from behind to win the title and a return trip to Section 10 Tournament of Champions and New York State Tournament where they draw a bye to host a quarter-final game.
Last years team had some contact with us before the game and hyped us up a lot, said sophomore David Odendahl.
We got down early but coach reminded us that there is 32 minutes in a game and we needed to step up our intensity level especially on defense. Everyone on this team pushes each other and tonight we worked very hard as a team and kept playing. I know we made a lot of foul shots and we know how important that was. We work hard in practice to knocking them down.
A lot of free throws indeed.
The Jackets went 33 for 37 at the charity stripe something which Coach Aaron Jones called part of the teams development.
Coming in, I believe we were shooting just over 50 percent from the free throw line. Todays game pushed that to like 60 percent, said Jones whose team will play Class B Champion OFA on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam.
We got into some foul trouble with Zach Brock but Alex Hammond and Harrison VanBuren came in and did a great job. Im very proud of the way my team battled back early. We made some adjustments defensively and we rebounded extremely well as a team and limited Chateaugays second trips. Against Lisbon, our sophomores played like juniors. Tonight, they played like seniors. To win a championship, it takes a lot of helpers. We have great coaches at the modified, JV and biddy level who do a lot of work. And my assistants Tim Dashnaw, Matt and Mike OBryan and my dad (Denny Jones) really help alot.
Chateaugay (15-7) came into the game with a seven game win streak and they jumped early after M-W scored the first four points of the game. Three different Bulldogs combined for four three-pointers in a 15-2 run in the first six minutes. Chateaugay led 19-10 after the first quarter where Tyler Jones hit two threes and Noah Bowes also connected for six.
Seth Young made the score 24-12 with a three early in the second quarter but the Jackets kept chipping away as both the Jackets and Bulldogs endured early foul trouble. Aaron Armstrong scored eight points - and David Odendahl tallied five leading the Jackets to a 16-10 second quarter advantage and trimming the deficit to 29-26.
Odendahl eventually tied the game at 30-30 and the Jackets worked themselves to a 36-34 lead on a basket from Jacob Barney with 3:45 remaining.
Dylan LaVoie gave the Bulldogs a 41-40 late third quarter lead before M-W closed the quarter with four straight on two free throws and a reverse layup off an offensive board by Barney.
Chateaugay and Madrid-Waddington traded baskets until Odendahl scored on a short jumper, Armstrong and Barney buried two free throws, TJ Gagnon converted off a no-look pass from Armstrong, Odendahl scored on a offensive putback and hit four straight free throws and Armstrong nailed two more for a 66-50 lead with 1:31 to play.
Odendahl finished with 29 points keyed by a 15-for-17 performance at the line and seven for 14 effort from the field to go with five rebounds, three steals and one assist. Armstrong tallied 14 points (10-for-10 at foul line) and five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Barney finished with 13 points (6-6 line) and 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal. Gagnon (4-9 field) added eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Alex Hammond recorded five boards and two points. Zach Brock added four boards, two steals and two assists.
Noah Bowes tallied 10 points for Chateaugay and Zach Cowan netted nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Chad Stalter added nine points, three rebounds and two assists. Seth Young produced eight points while Tyler Jones added six points, five rebounds and two steals. Jordan Martin chipped in five points, three assists, two steals and two assists.
TUPPER LAKE WINS C
Tupper Lake 78, Brushton-Moira 40: The Lumberjacks took early control in the first game of a triple header at SUNY Canton erupting to a 21-4 first quarter lead as Cody LaPierre drilled a pair of quick threes and Anson Gagnier scored six in the run.
We came right out and ended the early butterflies hitting some quick threes, said Tupper Lake coach Steve Skiff.
We were very patient offensively and moved the ball every well. Weve worked hard for this win all season.
The 14-6 Lumberjacks led 42-14 at halftime as Mitch Keniston delivered nine of their 21 points in the second quarter.
Today, Mitch Keniston established himself well and Cody LaPierre hit some quick threes. This is our first Sectional title since joining Section 10 several years ago, said Skiff.
Mitch Keniston finished with a 29 point performance leading Tupper Lake. LaPierre added 16 with four threes while Anson Gagnier chipped in 11 points. Devin Larson chipped in six points. Roger Delair and Nash Botalo each scored six.
Adam Martin scored 11 points for Brushton-Moria. Bryan Aubrey added nine while Connor Trudeau and Zach Brunett chipped in seven and six points,