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Beekmantown's Nick Denussi (middle) goes up for a shot as Northern Adirondack's Brady Smart (left) and Josh Juntunen attempt a block during Wednesday's Northern League Basketball boys' matchup at Beekmantown Central School. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

PHS, AuSable Valley share NBL Div. I championship

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh High’s defense in the third quarter made the difference Wednesday night as the Hornets defeated Saranac, 52-42, to claim a boys’ Division I co-championship with AuSable Valley in Northern Basketball League play.

“This is our fifth championship in my nine years of coaching and the feeling never gets old,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Hartmann said. “I’m so proud of this group of young men because nobody gave us a chance at the start of the season.”

The Chiefs took a 16-10 lead in the first quarter before the Hornets rallied to tie it, 24-all, at the half.

Plattsburgh then outscored Saranac, 12-4, in the decisive third quarter and finished it off with a 16-12 run in the fourth.

“Our defense in the third quarter is what won the game for us,” Hartmann said. “Taoufik Maknani scored all 12 of our points in the third quarter and played outstanding defense on John Maye, which is no easy task.

“Nate Hughey and Adam LaBorde played great minutes in the fourth quarter and both hit big shots. Sophomore Alex Follmer had two 3-pointers in the fourth, including a fast break 3-pointer that sealed the victory. That took enormous guts.”

Maknani finished with a game-high 17 points, while Garrett Frady, Follmer and Brady Channell chipped in with eight points apiece. Follmer also hauled down seven rebounds.

“I’ve never had a player that demands so much attention from the other team than what is paid to Frady,” Hartmann said. “(Wednesday), the team knew what to do and executed the game plan.”

Mitchell Pellerin paced Saranac with 13 points and was followed by Maye with 12 and Dylan Christopherson, eight.

Plattsburgh 52, Saranac 42

Saranac (42)

Pellerin 5-0-13, Earp 0-0-0, Rascoe 2-0-5, Cross 0-0-0, Cutaiar 1-0-2, Maye 5-2-12, Keysor 1-0-2, Christopherson 4-0-8. Totals: 18-2-42.

Plattsburgh (52)

Frady 4-0-9, Maknani 5-6-17, LaBorde 2-0-4, Channell 4-0-8, Hughey 1-0-2, Follmer 3-0-8, Matthews 2-0-4. Totals: 21-6-52

Saranac 16 8 4 12 — 42

Plattsburgh 10 14 12 16 — 52

3-point goals: Saranac (4): Pellerin 3; Rascoe. Plattsburgh (5): Follmer 2; Frady; Maknani.

JV: Saranac won.

Mod: Plattsburgh won.

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AUSABLE VALLEY 34, N’EASTERN CLINTON 30

CLINTONVILLE — With 1:13 gone in the first quarter, the Patriots already had scored 10 points.

Baskets, however, were few and far between after that as AuSable Valley prevailed to grab a share of the Division I championship.

“After the first 1:13, the covers went on the basket and neither team shot the ball well the rest of the night,” AuSable Valley coach Jamie Douglass said.

“It was an ugly game, but a win is a win.”

Zach Cosgrove led the Patriots with 14 points and John Goodnough followed with seven.

“It was Senior Night and Austin Facteau, Nick McDonald, John Goodnough and Shane Douglas were honored and all played hard defensively,” Douglass said.

“McDonald played great post defense and finished with 10 rebounds. Douglas dished out seven assists, Goodnough had seven rebounds and Facteau played great guard defense.”

Austin Tetreault and Garrett Begore paced the Cougars with 13 and 11 points, respectively.

“Begore made it a 2-point game with about a minute left when he hit two big 3-pointers,” Douglass said. “But then we had a steal and Cosgrove hit a layup with seven seconds to go to seal the win.”

AuSable Valley 34, Northeastern Clinton 30

Northeastern Clinton (30)

LaFave 0-0-0, Boutin 0-0-0, Tetreault 5-0-13, Begore 4-1-11, Khater 0-0-0, Filion 1-3-5, Murphy 0-1-1. Totals: 10-5-25.

AuSable Valley (34)

Cosgrove 4-3-14, Manning 0-0-0, Parrow 0-0-0, Goodnough 3-1-7, Facteau 2-0-4, Sikander 0-0-0, Douglas 2-0-4, McDonald 2-1-5. Totals: 13-5-34.

NCCS 10 7 7 6 — 30

AuSable 13 10 7 4 — 34

3-point goals: NCCS (5): Tetreault 3; Begore 2. AuSable Valley (3): Cosgrove 3.

JV: NCCS won.

Mod: AuSable Valley won.

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Beekmantown 61,No. Adirondack 52

BEEKMANTOWN — Greg Manney and Brandon McDonald each had 11 points to lead the Eagles.

Jacob Remchuk and Nick Danussi both scored 10. McDonald, whose 11 points were a season high, also grabbed 11 rebounds.

“We had a balanced attack on Senior Night, with four of our seniors hitting in double figures,” Beekmantown coach Ryan Converse said. “We did a great job sharing the ball (Wednesday), and our seniors came to play.”

Justin Stevens added nine points.

Northern Adirondack’s Josh Juntunen tossed in 13, while Ethan King had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Stephan Peryea scored 10.

Beekmantown 61, Northern Adirondack 52

Northern Adirondack (52)

Lafountain 3-0-6, Kellet 0-0-0, LaBarge 0-0-0, King 3-2-10, Juntunen 6-0-13, Miller 0-0-0, Peryea 4-2-10, Smart 1-0-2, Kerr 0-0-0, Velasquez 1-1-3, Cross 2-0-4, Cayea 1-0-2. Totals: 21-5-52.

Beekmantown (61)

Manney 2-5-11, Price 0-2-2, Remchuk 4-1-10, Kemp 0-0-0, Dupigny 0-0-0, McDonald 5-1-11, Stevens 3-2-9, Pepper 1-0-2, Danussi 3-4-10, Mitchell 0-0-0, Provost 2-0-4, Pelkey 1-0-2. Totals: 22-15-61.

N.Adirondack 14 10 8 20 — 52

Beekmantown 18 10 21 12 — 61

3-point goals: Northern Adirondack (5) King 2, Peryea 2, Juntanen. Beekmantown (4) Manney 2, Remchuk, Stevens.

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Peru 68, Saranac Lake 32

PERU — Seniors Tyler Lemza (18), Nick Lawliss (12) and Conor Casey (11) celebrated Senior Night and all scored in double figures as the Indians marched past the Red Storm.

Lawliss added 10 rebounds for Peru. Rivelino Hendricks and Casey combined for 12 steals to help boost the Indians.

Saranac Lake came out strong in the first half, forcing nearly 10 turnovers, but it was not enough for the Red Storm.

Devin Cowan was Saranac Lake’s leading scorer, scoring 10 of his 13 in the fourth quarter.

Peru 68, Saranac Lake 32

Saranac Lake (32)

Ecret 3-0-7, Bevilacqua 1-2-4, Fischer 2-2-6, Karp 0-0-0, Cowan 4-4-13, Olsen 0-0-0, Webb 1-0-2, Hobbs 0-0-0, Spardaro 0-0-0, Cross 0-0-0. Totals: 11-8-32.

Peru (68)

Guay 1-0-2, Spear 1-1-4, Demarais 1-0-2, Casey 5-0-11, Lemza 7-3-18, Hendricks 1-0-2, Lawliss 6-0-12, Lawyer 1-0-3, Lovely 3-0-7, Norelus 0-2-2, Schmitt 1-0-2, Boice 1-0-2. Totals: 28-6-68.

Saranac Lake 6 4 8 14 — 32

Peru 14 15 21 18 — 68

3-point goals: Saranac Lake (2) Ecret, Cowan, Peru (5) Spear, Casey, Lemza, Lawyer, Lovely.

JV: Peru won.

Mod: Saranac Lake won. 

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