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High school boys basketball: Section 10 champs score decisive victories

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CANTON — There was not a lot of suspense Saturday at the Section 10 boys basketball championship tripleheader at SUNY Canton.

A 16-point decision for Madrid-Waddington in its 68-52 victory over Chateaugay in the Class D championship game marked the closet margin of victory.

Ogdensburg Free Academy routed Potsdam 90-28 in the Class B game and Tupper Lake cruised past Brushton-Moira 78-40 in the Class C championship.

All three winners will take part in the state playoffs but first will meet for the Section 10 overall title.

OFA will face Madrid-Waddington in a semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at SUNY Potsdam, and Tupper Lake will play Class A champion Massena in the other semifinal at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at SUNY Potsdam.

OFA 90, POTSDAM 28

Top-seeded OFA’s man-to-man pressure dictated the action from the first possession and the Northern Athletic Conference Central Division champion Blue Devils cruised to their 19th straight win.

The victory gave the Blue Devils (19-1 overall) back-to-back sectional titles and their program’s 10th title in 14 years.

Seth Pinkerton opened the scoring with a layup off a steal and the Blue Devils, who scored the first 17 points, followed by forcing two in-bounds violations and held the Sandstoners (10-10) without a shot for the first three minutes.

Kinnon LaRose buried three 3-point baskets in the first quarter and used his coast-to-coast capabilities to score 19 of his game-high 22 points in the first half. He also grabbed 13 rebounds on the night and passed out seven assists, leading OFA’s selfless offense where the go-to-guy is always the open man.

“Kinnon LaRose is just an amazing player and nobody works harder than he does in the summer,” said Matt Piercey, who scored 12 points.

Jack Manke scored 15 points and added eight rebounds, and Colin Ross added 12 points for OFA.

“This was definitely one of our best overall games of the season,” OFA coach Mark Henry said. “It was one of our best defensive efforts and we only had four turnovers.”

“We were really ready to go tonight and coach Henry preaches defense, defense, defense,” Piercey said. “We were playing on the big court and everyone was here. The big crowd and the atmosphere really got us going.”

MADRID-WADDINGTON 68, CHATEAUGAY 52

The No. 7 Yellowjackets (12-9) won their third straight Class D title in convincing fashion over No. 4 Chateaugay (14-7), marking the second straight season Madrid-Waddington beat a higher seed to win the title.

For the second time in three straight wins at SUNY Canton, the Yellowjackets methodically came from behind to win the title and a return trip to state tournament, where they draw a first-round bye to host.

“Last year’s 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.”

The Jackets went 33-for-37 from the line, something that pleased coach Aaron Jones.

“Coming in, I believe we were shooting just over 50 percent from the free throw line,” Jones said. “Today’s game pushed that to like 60 percent. We got into some foul trouble with Zach Brock but Alex Hammond and Harrison VanBuren came in and did a great job.”

Odendahl led Madrid-Waddington with 29 points, including shooting 15 of 17 from the free throw line. Jacob Barney produced 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Noah Bowes tallied 10 points for Chateaugay, and Zach Cowan and Chad Stalter each netted nine points.

TUPPER LAKE 78, BRUSHTON-MOIRA 40

The No. 1 Lumberjacks (14-6) took early control, rolling to a 21-4 first quarter lead as Cody LaPierre drilled a pair of quick 3-pointers and Anson Gagnier scored six in the run.

“We came right out and ended the early butterflies hitting some quick (3-pointers),” said Tupper Lake coach Steve Skiff. “We were very patient offensively and moved the ball every well. ”

The Lumberjacks led 42-14 at halftime as Mitch Keniston delivered nine of their 21 points in the second quarter.

Keniston finished with 29 points to lead Tupper Lake. LaPierre added 16.




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