Heuvelton (5-1) and Harrisville (6-0) matched wins in the West Division race and Canton (5-0) retained its status as the only unbeaten team in the Central Division in Friday’s NAC Boys Basketball action.
Heuvelton downed Morristown 70-40, Harrisville bested Edwards-Knox 64-26 and Canton downed Gouverneur 68-47.
In one other NAC West game Hermon-DeKalb rode a flying start to a 68-39 victory over Hammond.
Heuveton 70 - Morristown 40: Nate Mashaw buried five 3-pointers scoring a game-high 24 points for the 8-2 Bulldogs who won their eighth straight game with two starters and Coach Josh McAllister missing because of COVID 19 protocol.
Junior Varsity Coach Bryant Wentworth guided the Bulldogs to the victory with a group of JV players called up to replenish the team’s depth. Mashaw buried three 3’s with an 11-point first quarter where Heuvelton opened a 21-11 lead and boosted it to 40-19 at the half.
The Bulldogs continued to feature multiple double digit scorers with Gavin Phillips and Lucas Thornhill netting a varsity highs of 13 and 10 points and Tristan Lovely dropping in 11.
Rounding out the scoring were: Jake Venette with six points, Jared Young with four and Lance Milsap with two.
Morristown, which had three games cancelled over the holidays, welcomed back Tristin Simmons to regular duty and he buried three 3s leading the team with 15 points. Aaron Woodcock netted 11 followed by Ethan Graveline (5), Jack Evans (4), Walter Belisle (3) and Joe Wrobel (2).
“They were definitely rusty but we played really strong in the first and second quarters. We have a busy week with three games so I was hoping that this was a good game to get the bugs out,” said Morristown (3-2, 3-3) Coach Jake VanArnam.
Harrisville 64 - E-K 26: A 23-9 second period run carried the Pirates (7-1, 6-0) who were led by Tanner and Nolan Sullivan and Tucker Kelley with 19, 11 and 13 points. Will Taylor and Deegan Carr combined for nine and eight points and Trent Briggs added four.
Ethan Stalker scored 11 for the Cougars (2-9, 0-6) who also received eight from Mason While. Dylan Wood and Andrew Franklin added four and three points.
H-D 68 - Hammond 39: The Green Demons hit for 13 3-pointers and rocketed away with a 32-12 first quarter run. Andrew Matthews (23 points), Jacob Coller (8 points) and Dave White (11 points) combined for six 3s in the first quarter and Adam Lynch tallied 20 points on the night.
Jacob Spencer netted six points and Hammond was led by the trio of Logan Jones with 13 points, Terin Rosenbarker with 12 and Dominic Perretta who produced nine on three 3-pointers. Kennon Gardner tallied four and Kam Toland added one.
Cooper Ladouceur buried three 3-pointers in a decisive 23-10 second quarter run for the Golden Bears buried four 3’s in a 12-point effort.
“Cooper Ladouceur is a zone buster. Shooting threes is what he does and he does it well,” said Canton Coach Troy Lassial.
“Tonight we did a decent job defensively and they had a few guys out. A big key was our defensive rebounding and the ability to score early which allowed us to slow down the tempo of the game. We were very concerned about their outstanding freshman Raine Rumble so we had Chris Downs cover him and Chris did a good job.”
Downs, the Bears versatile post player also scored a game-high 18 points and Sam Roiger followed with 16. Caden Storie led Gouverneur (1-2, 6-5) with 15 points with three 3s and Rumble finished with 13 and another three 3s. Matt Tomford and Ethan Fitzgerald delivered eight and nine points.
Jonah Longshore and Vincent Nelson-Fuse each scored six points for Canton and Ryan Jones netted five. Ayomi Odetoyinbo and Tanner VanBrocklin added three and two points.
In other Central Division games Massena downed Potsdam 80-69.
Chateaugay 49 - SLC 30: In one East Division game Chateaugay (6-0, 9-1) downed St. Lawrence Central 49-30. Walker Martin scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals to lead the Bulldogs and Ethan Cook produced 16 points. Tommy Storrin scored 11 for the Larries (6-5, 3-2).