Boys' Basketball

Chiefs break through against Hornets

SARANAC — No one needed to remind Brent Denis of Saranac’s futility in matchups with Plattsburgh High School.

The fourth-year head coach had yet to beat the Hornets — until Thursday night.

Saranac, with sharpshooting Michael Conway leading the way and Nick Daniels tough on the boards, finally turned the tables on Plattsburgh with a 59-46 victory in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ basketball.

The triumph snapped a string of eight straight losses to the Hornets dating back to the 2008-09 season, when the Chiefs, under Gary Castine, went 3-0 against Plattsburgh.

The latest contest started out as though it would be more of the same for Saranac. Plattsburgh grabbed a 14-11 lead after one quarter.

But the Chiefs responded in a big way over the next 16 minutes, outscoring the visitors 35-18 to take command.

“Our defense came to life in the second quarter, and we took better care of the basketball. The first quarter we made some crucial turnovers and didn’t do a good job on the glass,” Denis recalled. “The second quarter we cleaned up our play.

“The third quarter was really the difference, though. Our defense was sharp, and we played with a lot of heart. And we shot well. We were 48 percent from the field for the game.”

Saranac worked its lead up to as high as 16 and never let Plattsburgh get any closer than 11.

“Connor Christopherson hit a couple of crucial shots down the stretch just when it looked as if (Plattsburgh) would get under 10,” Denis noted.

Conway, who led all players with 15, did all of his scoring from beyond the arc.

“He really stepped up. He made his first two shots, and you could see his confidence build,” Denis added.

“Nick Daniels was sensational for us with 12 rebounds. Every one of them came at a crucial time when we needed it. He got six offensive boards and six defensive. The ones he didn’t get, he tipped the ball to keep it alive.”

Jeremy Bullis also had an outstanding night for the Chiefs with 13 points and eight rebounds. Christopherson, with 12 points, and John Maye, with 10, gave Saranac four men in double figures.

Brooks Kelley scored 11 points and Taoufik Maknani, 10, to lead Plattsburgh.

Saranac 59, Plattsburgh High 46

Plattsburgh (46)

Frady 4-0-8, Bouzidane 0-0-0, D. LaBorde 1-1-3, Maknani 4-0-10, A. LaBorde 0-0-0, Odnoha 0-0-0, Dargan 0-0-0, Kelley 4-0-11, LaPoint 1-0-2, Harrington 3-1-7, Bryant 0-0-0, Mathews 1-3-5. Totals 18-5-46.

Saranac (59)

C. Christopherson 6-0-12, Rascoe 1-0-2, Conway 5-0-15, Maye 5-0-10, Keysor 0-0-0, D. Christopherson 0-0-0, Bullis 4-5-13, Daniels 3-1-7. Totals 24-6-59.

Plattsburgh 14 13 5 14 — 46

Saranac 11 20 15 13 — 59

3-point goals: PHS (5) Maknani 2, Kelley 3. Sar (5) Conway 5.

JV: Saranac won.

Modified: Plattsburgh won.

AuSable Valley 59, Seton Catholic 54

CLINTONVILLE — The Patriots avoided the upset by outscoring the Knights, 14-8, in the fourth quarter after Seton Catholic took a one-point lead into the stanza.

John Goodnough paced AuSable Valley with 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Shane Douglas finished with 14 points and four steals.

Austin Facteau and Austin Depo chipped in with nine points apiece, with Depo grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds. Zach Cosgrove added eight points.

Depo and Douglas helped seal it at the end.

“We got the ball and Austin Depo got fouled and made a three-point play to bring us up,” Douglass said. “Then Shane Douglas came in and made a couple of nice moves, got a basket and a foul shot. And that was it.”

Leading the way for the Knights were Adam Tedford with 15 points, Chris Kustos 13, Keagen Briggs 12 and Nic Favreau, nine. Kustos added eight rebounds and four assists, while Kaden Baugh finished with nine assists.

“There was never a bigger lead than four points (until the end),” AuSable Valley coach Jamie Douglass said. “It went back and forth. They’re a similar type of team, and we just ran up and down the court. It was a really good game to watch for a spectator. It was a little nerve-wracking for a coach.”

AuSable Valley 59, Seton Catholic 54

Seton Catholic (54)

Tedford 7-0-15, Baugh 2-0-5, Briggs 6-0-12, LaFountain 0-0-0, Favreau 4-1-9, Kustos 5-3-13. Totals: 24-4-54.

AuSable Valley (59)

Cosgrove 3-1-8, Casey 0-0-0, Kennedy 0-0-0, Goodnough 9-1-19, Facteau 4-1-9, Depo 4-1-9, Douglas 6-2-14, McDonald 0-0-0. Totals: 26-6-59.

3-point goals: Seton Catholic (2): Tedford; Baugh. AuSable Valley (1): Cosgrove.

Seton Catholic 18 8 20 8 — 54

AuSable Valley 18 12 15 14 — 59

JV: AuSable Valley won.

Mod: AuSable Valley won.

Moriah 55, Ticonderoga 43

PORT HENRY — Six-foot, 5-inch Vikings center Adam Jaquish nearly reached triple-double status, totaling 18 points, 10 rebounds, and eight blocks.

“We were up 21 in the third but folded under pressure in the fourth quarter,” Moriah head coach Brian Cross said. “(Ticonderoga) got it down to 12, but we hit some clutch free throws down the stretch.”

Ty Denno paced the Sentinels with 12 points, while junior Mike Graney added 10 in the loss. Anthony Dushane grabbed seven rebounds.

Moriah 55, Ticonderoga 43

Ticonderoga (43)

Nielsen 0-0-0, Graney 3-2-10, Fuller 0-0-0, Afzal 0-0-0, Cook 2-0-4, Donohue 2-2-6, Hughes 0-0-0, Denno 5-0-12, Tierney 1-0-2, Dushane 1-2-5, Bevins 0-2-2, Chapman 1-0-2, Manning 0-0-0. Totals: 22-7-43.

Moriah (55)

Calkins 2-7-12, Petro 0-0-0, Pratt 2-0-5, Shpur 2-1-5, Mero 4-0-10, Jaquish 8-2-18, McKiernan 0-0-0, Belzer 0-0-0, Blaise 0-0-0, Brassard 1-3-5, Marcotte 0-0-0. Totals: 19-13-55.

Ticonderoga 10 10 6 17 — 43

Moriah 16 10 17 12 — 55

3-point goals: Ticonderoga (5): Graney 2, Denno 2, Dushane. Moriah (4): Calkins, Pratt, Mero 2.

Peru 54, Northeastern Clinton 48

CHAMPLAIN — Despite a 12-point halftime lead, the Cougars were unable limit the Indians from second-chance scoring opportunities in the final 24 minutes of play.

Hunter Bruno (16), Tim Remillard (13), and Bret Boyer (12) combined for 41 of Peru’s 54 points.

“Defensively, we did a lot of watching in the second half,” Northeastern Clinton coach Robb Garrand said. “Remillard and Boyer both played well in the post, and Bruno commanded the point. They hit some shots that went uncontested.”

Junior guard Rodney Grimshaw scored a game-high 20 points, while lone senior Tom Bedard added 15.

Peru 54, Northeastern Clinton 48

Peru (54)

Bruno 5-3-16, Demarais 2-0-5, Lemza 0-0-0, Remillard 5-3-13, Boyer 6-0-12, LaRocque 2-0-4, Hendricks 1-0-2, Spear 0-0-0, McCarthy 1-0-2. Totals: 22-6-54.

Northeastern Clinton (48)

LaFave 0-0-0, Khater 0-0-0, Grimshaw 9-2-20, Tetreault 2-0-5, Begore 0-0-0, Tavernia 0-0-0, Bedard 4-4-15, FIlion 3-2-8. Totals: 18-8-48.

Peru 6 7 18 23 — 54

N. Clinton 14 11 14 9 — 48

3-point goals: Peru (4): Bruno 3, Demarais. Northeastern (4): Bedard 3, Tetreault.

JV: Peru.

Modified: Peru.

Beekmantown 47, Saranac Lake 45

SARANAC LAKE — The Red Storm surrendered their three-point lead with just under two minutes to play and nearly converted a fast break layup off the glass as the buzzer sounded to tie.

Keegan Ryan had a game-high 29 points, and Greg Manney added eight, including pivotal shots down the stretch.

“(Ryan) was the difference-maker, and Manney hit some big 3-pointers,” Saranac Lake head coach Dermott Morgan said. “Kevin Morgan had a big game for us and found his shot from the foul line while attacking the basket. However, (Beekmantown) did a nice job defending Kellen Munn and Teddy Yanchitis.”

Morgan fired a career-high 27 points in the loss.

Beekmantown 47, Saranac Lake 45

Beekmantown (47)

Begor 0-0-0, Manney 3-0-8, Pelkey 2-0-4, Remchuk 0-0-0, Ryan 12-5-29, Singh 0-0-0, Stevens 2-0-4, Trombly 1-0-2. Totals: 20-5-45.

Saranac Lake (45)

Lester 1-0-2, Bevilacqua 1-0-2, Beadoin 0-0-0, Morgan 11-3-27, Cowan 0-0-0, Monroe 1-0-2, Munn 2-1-5, Yanchitis 3-0-7, Stankus 0-0-0, Fischer 0-0-0. Totals: 18-4-45.

Beekmantown 6 15 10 16 — 47

Saranac Lake 11 9 11 14 — 45

3-point goals: Beekmantown (2): Manney 2. Saranac Lake (3): Morgan 2, Yanchitis.