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Peru's Conor Casey (left) is defended by Beekmantown's Jacob Remchuk as Casey drives toward the basket during Wednesday's Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boy's basketball game at Peru High School. The Indians captured a 56-50 win. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)

Smart completes NAC's comeback

ELLENBURG — Brady Smart only made one basket Wednesday, but it made all the difference.

Smart’s putback with about five seconds left lifted Northern Adirondack to a 59-57 comeback win over Seton Catholic in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ basketball.

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After trailing by six at halftime, the Bobcats tied the score in the third quarter. But the Knights pulled ahead by 12 early in the fourth.

“At that point, I thought we were in real deep trouble — just the look on my kids’ faces,” Northern Adirondack coach Nate Bilow said. “We were down for most of the fourth, and the kids didn’t quit playing. They battled back.”

Leading 57-56 with 30 seconds left, Seton Catholic missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Northern Adirondack turned the ball over at the other end and had to foul, and the Knights again failed to add to their lead at the foul line.

The Bobcats called a play for Daniel Burger, who drew a foul. Burger knotted the game at 57 and then missed his second free throw. But Smart grabbed the rebound and scored the go-ahead bucket.

Seton Catholic got off a shot at the other end, but it rimmed out.

Burger finished with a game-high 19 points as well as 10 rebounds. Colby Sayah had 18 points and five assists, and Alden Kerr played a strong game, totaling 14 points. Smart had six blocks and seven rebounds.

Keagen Briggs put up 17 points for Seton Catholic, while Adam Tedford and Kaden Baugh both scored 14.

The Bobcats got a boost from the crowd on Senior Night.

“I’d never seen the gym at Northern Adirondack, the support from the student section that we got,” Bilow said. “I really think that the emotion of the crowd helped our kids with momentum.

“It was nice to have the kids out and support us. It really meant a lot, especially to the seniors.”

Northern Adirondack 59, Seton Catholic 57

Seton Catholic (57)

Tedford 4-3-14, Baugh 5-4-14, Briggs 7-3-17, Favreau 2-1-5, Kustos 2-3-7, LaFountain 0-0-0. Totals: 20-14-57.

Northern Adirondack (59)

Byron 0-0-0, Burger 7-4-19, Paiser 1-0-2, Garrand 0-0-0, Nichols 0-0-0, LaBarge 0-0-0, Smart 1-0-2, Kerr 6-0-14, Sayah 6-2-18, Langlois 2-0-4. Totals: 23-6-59.

Seton Catholic  15 13 16 13 — 57

N. Adirondack 13 9 14 23 — 59

3-point goals: Seton Catholic (3), Tedford 3. Northern Adirondack (7), Sayah 4, Kerr 2, Burger.

JV: Northern Adirondack won.

Modified: Northern Adirondack won.


Peru 56, Beekmantown 50

PERU — The Indians had 28 steals and finished with a balanced offensive effort to knock off the Eagles.

Bret Boyer led the charge for Peru with 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, while Tim Remillard chipped in nine points. Mackenzie LaRocque tallied eight points, and Conor Casey and Tyler Lemza each had seven. Casey added six steals, and Hunter Bruno had five.

“At halftime we had 14 steals and finished with 28,” Indians coach John Clemons said. “I thought Mackenzie LaRocque and Boyer did a great job defending (Keegan) Ryan. They limited his shots and put him on the free-throw line.

“LaRocque played extremely well in the second half. This was just a great team win for us on Senior Night.”

Ryan finished with a game-high 22 points for Beekmantown, 14 of those coming from the foul line. Justin Stevens chipped in eight points.

Peru 56, Beekmantown 50

Beekmantown (50)

Kotkowski 2-0-4, Manney 1-0-3, Pelkey 2-0-4, Remchuk 2-0-4, Ryan 4-14-22, Stevens 2-3-8, Trombley 1-3-5. Totals: 14-20-50.

Peru (56)

Bruno 1-0-2, Casey 3-0-7, Remillard 2-5-9, LaRocque 4-0-8, Boyer 4-2-10, Demarais 2-0-5, Lemza 2-2-7, Spear 1-0-2, Hendricks 3-0-6, McCarthy 0-0-0, Altizer 0-0-0. Totals: 22-9-56.

Beekmantown 18 8 12 12 — 50

Peru 11 22 12 11 — 56

3-point goals: Beekmantown (2) Manney, Stevens. Peru (3) Casey, Demarais, Lemza.

JV: Peru won.


Plattsburgh 55, Saranac Lake 48

SARANAC LAKE — Garrett Frady scored five points in the last two minutes to help lead the Hornets over the Red Storm.

Plattsburgh held a one-point lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter when Frady buried a 3-pointer and connected on a layup to take the wind out of Saranac Lake’s sails.

T.J. LaPoint led the way for the Hornets with a game-high 18 points. Damon LaBorde and Frady each added 13 points.

Kellen Munn paced the Red Storm with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Teddy Yanchitis added 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Kevin Morgan finished with 16 points, six assists and five steals.

Plattsburgh 55,

Saranac Lake 48

Plattsburgh (55)

Frady 5-2-13, D. LaBorde 5-0-13, Maknani 1-0-2, LaPoint 8-1-18, Harrington 1-1-3, Kelley 1-0-2, O’Connor 1-0-2, Matthews 0-0-0, Bouzidane 1-0-2, A. LaBorde 0-0-0. Totals: 23-4-55.

Saranac Lake (48)

Lester 0-0-0, Bezilaqua 0-0-0, Beadoin 0-0-0, Fisher 0-0-0, Morgan 7-2-16, Karp 0-0-0, Cowan 0-0-0, Monroe 0-3-3, Munn 5-7-17, Yanchitis 5-2-12, Stankus 0-0-0. Totals: 17-14-48.

Plattsburgh 11 18 14 12 — 55

Saranac Lake 12 9 9 18 — 48

3-point goals: Plattsburgh (5) Frady, LaBorde 3, LaPoint.

JV: Plattsburgh won.


Saranac 55, NCCS 40

SARANAC— It seemed as though Senior Night brought out the best in the Chiefs, as all five seniors contributed in their victory over the Cougars.

Connor Christopherson led the way for Saranac with his defensive intensity, as he kept one of NCCS’ best scorers, Austin Tetreault, scoreless. Jeremy Bullis led the Chiefs in scoring with 14 points and also pulled down nine rebounds. Nick Daniels contributed on the boards, pulling down 11. Seniors Michael Conway and Austin Medeiros each added eight and 12 points respectively for the Chiefs.

“Our seniors stepped up tonight and did something more than they normally do,” Saranac coach Brent Denis said. “We’re playing great basketball right now.”

Tom Bedard led NCCS with 14 points.

Saranac 55, NCCS 40

NCCS (40)

Boutin 0-0-0, LaFave 1-0-3, Khater 2-0-4, Grimshaw 2-0-5, Tetreault 0-0-0, Begore 1-0-2, Cabernay 4-0-8, Bedard 4-4-14, Filion 1-0-2, Deuso 1-0-2. Totals: 16-5-40

Saranac (55)

C. Christopherson 2-1-6, Medeiros 4-1-12, Rascoe 2-1-5, Conway 3-0-8, Maye 4-0-8, Keysor 0-0-0, Plumadore 0-0-0, Bullis 5-4-14, Daniels 1-0-2. Totals: 21-7-55

NCCS 6 8 13 13 — 40

Saranac 15 9 16 15 — 55

3-point goals: NCCS (3): LaFave; Bedard 2. Saranac (6): C. Christopherson; Medeiros 3; Conway 2.

JV: Saranac won.


AuSable Valley 60, Ticonderoga 30

CLINTONVILLE— On Senior Night, the Patriots were led by junior Shane Douglas, who finished with 18 points and nine steals.

Senior Austin Depo had an outstanding all-around game for AuSable Valley, as he pulled down eight rebounds to add to his 10 points. Nate Casey, another senior, played a strong defensive game for the Patriots.

Matt Cook and Anthony Dushane each had seven points for the Sentinels.

AuSable Valley 60,

Ticonderoga 30

Ticonderoga (30)

Nielsen 2-0-5, Graney 0-3-3, Cook 3-1-7, Donohue 2-0-2, Hughes 0-0-0, Denno 0-0-0, Dushane 1-5-7, Chapman 2-2-6. Totals: 10-8-30.

AuSable Valley (60)

Cosgrove 4-0-10, Casey 1-0-2, Brooks 2-2-6, Goodnough 4-0-9, Facteau 1-0-2, Depo 2-0-10, Douglas 8-0-18, McDonald 1-1-3. Totals: 24-3-60.

Ticonderoga 5 9 11 5 — 30

AuSable Valley 17 16 13 14 — 60

3-point goals: Ticonderoga (1), Nielsen. AuSable Valley (5), Cosgrove 2, Douglas 2, Goodnough.

JV: Ticonderoga won.