Boys' Basketball

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Northern Adirondack's Daniel Burger drives to the basket as Plattsburgh High's Robert Matthews (33) and T.J. LaPoint defend during a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys' basketball game in Plattsburgh Thursday. Burger got a shot off but did not score. (P-R Photo/Rob Fountain)

Saranac hands AuSable first loss

SARANAC — Saranac’s ability to control tempo and minimize turnovers in the final quarter of play helped the Chiefs (3-2) knock off previously unbeaten AuSable Valley, 57-53, in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ basketball action Thursday.

Michael Conway paced Saranac with 15 points, including three three-point field goals, while the duo of Connor Christopherson and John Maye added 13 points, respectively.

“We were down nine with over seven minutes remaining but controlled the glass and altered our defense a little bit,” Saranac head coach Brent Denis said. “Our press slowed them up and helped create shots. Our players knocked down their free throws when they mattered most, going 9-for-13 in the fourth quarter.

“Caleb Keysor and Dylan Christopherson came off the bench and played great defense. (Conway) shot the ball well in the second half, and we got good floor leadership from Connor Christopherson, who had nine points in the final quarter.”

Shane Douglas, who averaged nearly 20 points per game heading into the contest, went off for 23 points. John Goodnough was the only other Patriots (3-1) player to reach double figures, adding 12.

Saranac 57, AuSable Valley 53

AuSable Valley (53)

Cosgrove 0-0-0, Brooks 3-0-6, Goodnough 6-0-12, Facteau 0-0-0, Casey 2-0-5, Depo 2-0-5, Douglas 10-0-23, Coolidge 0-0-0, McDonald 1-0-2. Totals: 24-0-53.

Saranac (57)

C. Christopherson 4-5-13, Cross 0-0-0, Conway 5-2-15, Maye 6-1-13, Keysor 0-0-0, D. Christopherson 2-0-4, Bullis 3-2-8, Daniels 1-2-4. Totals: 21-12-57.

AuSable Valley 11 19 14 9 — 53

Saranac 16 11 10 20 — 57

3-point goals: AuSable Valley (5): Casey, Depo, Douglass 3. Saranac (3): Conway 3.

Saranac Lake 66, Ticonderoga 54

SARANAC LAKE — Teddy Yanchitis and Kellen Munn have been the keys to Saranac Lake’s offense so far this season.

Both scored more than 20 points Thursday night, but they weren’t the only ones.

Kevin Morgan joined the party, too, giving coach Dermott Morgan his first varsity win as the Red Storm beat Ticonderoga.

“We never had all three of those guys show up,” Dermott said. “But he (Kevin) was the key tonight at point guard. … Kevin Morgan finally found his groove tonight.”

Kevin tossed in 20 points to go along with Munn’s 21 and Yanchitis’s 23. Kevin also had nine rebounds, though Munn led in that department with 18.

Anthony Dushane led the Sentinels with 18 points. Ty Denno had 16 points.

“Dushane and Deno are pretty tough inside,” Morgan said.

Saranac Lake 66, Ticonderoga 54

Ticonderoga (54)

Nielsen 1-0-3, Graney 4-2-13, Cook 0-0-0, Donohue 0-0-0, Hughes 0-0-0, Denno 5-4-16, Dushane 8-2-18, Chapman 2-0-4. Toatls: 20-8-54.

Saranac Lake (66)

Morgan 8-3-20, Bevilacqua 1-0-2, Rafter 0-0-0, Beadoin 0-0-0, Karp 0-0-0, Cowan 0-0-0, Monroe 0-0-0, Munn 8-5-21, Yanchitis 10-3-23, Stankus 0-0-0, Fischer 0-0-0. Totals: 27-11-66.

Ticonderoga 17 7 20 10 — 54

Saranac Lake 22 14 19 11 — 66

3-point goals: Ticonderoga (6) Graney 3, Denno 2, Nielsen 1. Saranac Lake (1) Morgan.

JV: Ticonderoga won.

Mod: Ticonderoga won.

Northeastern Clinton 49, Moriah 40

CHAMPLAIN — Austin Tetreault scored a team-high 17 points, nine of which came on three-pointers, as Northeastern Clinton prevailed.

Tom Bedard also had two three-pointer for the Cougars, who coach Robb Garrand said shot from beyond the arc too often in the game.

“We relied way too mucho n our three point shot,” he said. “We’re 4-1 in the league and 6-1 overall. Even though we have a great record, we have a lot of work to do ahead of us.”

NCCS allowed Moriah’s Adam Jaquish to score a game-high 19 points but held the rest of Vikings to single digits or zeroes.

Jaquish also pulled in 14 rebounds.

NCCS, 49, Moriah 40

Moriah (40)

Pratt 3-0-8, Graham 0-0-0, Shpur 0-0-0, Mero 2-0-5, Jaquish 9-1-19, McKiernan 0-0-0, Belzer 0-0-0, Brassard 2-0-6, Marcotte 1-0-2. Totals: 17-1-40

NCCS (49)

Boutin 0-0-0, LaFave 1-0-2, Khater 0-0-0, Tetreault 7-0-17, Tavernia 4-1-9, Bedard 4-3-13, Filion 2-4-8, Deuso 0-0-0. Totals: 18-8-49.

Moriah 6 12 9 16 — 40

NCCS 12 13 13 11 — 49

3-point goals: Moriah (3) Pratt 2, Mero 1. NCCS (5) Tetreault 3, Bedard 2.

JV: Moriah won.

Mod: Moriah won.

Peru 68, Seton Catholic 52

PERU — Peru’s physical post presence was just too much for Seton Catholic to handle.

The Indians, who received contributions in large part from Bret Boyer (21 points), collected a victory over the Knights.

Mackenzie LaRocque totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds on the night, while teammate Nick Demarais accumulated seven points, six assists and seven rebounds in the 16-point win.

“We were able to get production off the bench, which proved to be key,” Peru assistant coach Kaleb Gohlke said. “After we got on a run, Seton Catholic pressed and made us a little uncomfortable in the backcourt. Kaden Baugh played extremely well for them. In addition to his 17 points, he added five assists and six steals.”

Adam Tedford and Keagen Briggs reached double figures, adding 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Peru 68, Seton Catholic 52

Seton Catholic (52)

Tedford 4-3-13, Baugh 7-3-17, Briggs 6-0-12, LaFountain 0-0-0, Favreau 1-4-6, Kustos 2-0-4. Totals: 20-9-52.

Peru (68)

Bruno 3-2-9, Casey 3-0-7, Lemza 1-2-4, Remillard 2-0-4, Boyer 10-1-21, LaRocque 4-4-12, Demarais 3-0-7, Spear 0-0-0, Hendricks 0-0-0. Totals: 28-9-68.

Seton Catholic 9 15 17 11 — 52

Peru 6 15 20 17 — 68

3-point goals: Seton Catholic (2): Tedford. Peru (3): Bruno, Casey, Demarais.

Plattsburgh 64, Northern Adirondack 37

PLATTSBURGH — All but one Plattsburgh High player got into the scoring act as the Hornets (3-3, 3-1) grabbed a 25-8 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

“We came out ready to play and were hot at the start,” PHS coach Chris Hartmann said. “We spread the scoring out in the first quarter. We were able to get good on the court leadership.”

Taoufik Maknani led a balanced offensive attack for the Hornets with 10 points. Hakim Bouzidane added nine, while Garrett Frady and Robert Matthews had eight apiece and Brooks Kelley had seven.

Frady dished out eight assists and Matthews grabbed five rebounds.

Daniel Burger paced Northern Adirondack with 11 points, while Ryan Paiser added eight points and 10 rebounds. Josh Langlois chipped in with seven points, Brian Heath added seven rebounds and Brady Smart had three blocked shots.

Plattsburgh 64, NAC 37

NAC (37)

Byron 1-0-2, Burger 4-1-11, Garrand 0-0-0, Nichols 0-0-0, Paiser 4-0-8, LaBarge 2-0-4, Smart 1-0-2, Kerr 1-0-3, Langlois 3-0-7, Heath 0-0-0. Totals: 16-1-37.

Plattsburgh (64)

Frady 2-4-8, D. LaBorde 0-2-2, Kelley 3-0-7, Matthews 4-0-8, Harrington 3-0-6, Maknani 5-0-10, LaPoint 3-0-6, Bouzidane 4-0-9, A. LaBorde 0-0-0, Dargan 1-1-4, Desrocher 1-0-2, Bryant 1-0-2. Totals: 27-7-64.

NAC 8 5 8 16 — 37

Plattsburgh 25 15 12 12 — 64

3-point goals: NAC (4): Burger 2; Kerr; Langlois. Plattsburgh (3): Kelley; Bouzidane; Dargan.

JV: NAC won.

Mod: NAC won.

MVAC

Willsboro 31, Westport 21

WILLSBORO — The Warriors (3-4, 3-2) outscored the Eagles, 14-8, in the fourth quarter to pull away.

Nick Arnold led Willsboro with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Sam Politi added nine points. Lucas Cross chipped in with five rebounds and Brandon Porter, five assists.

Ryan Davis tossed in seven points for Westport.

Willsboro 31, Westport 21

Westport (21)

Gay 2-0-4, Tryon 0-0-0, J. Gay 0-2-2, Schrauf 0-0-0, Doyle 0-0-0, Davis 3-0-7, King 1-1-3, Napper 2-0-4. Totals: 8-3-21.

Willsboro (31)

Politi 3-2-9, Arnold 3-4-11, Pierson 0-0-0, Krivitckii 0-0-0, Porter 0-0-0, Swires 3-0-6, Cross 1-0-3, McVicker 1-0-2. Totals: 11-6-31.

Westport 3 2 7 8 — 21

Willsboro 6 9 2 14 — 31

3-point goals: Westport (1): Davis. Willsboro (3): Politi; Arnold; Cross.

JV: Westport won.

Mod: Willsboro won.

Indian Lake/Long Lake 51, Minerva/Newcomb 41

LONG LAKE — Despite a 10-point first-quarter deficit, Indian Lake/Long Lake was able outscore Minerva/Newcomb 46-26 in the final 24 minutes of play and hold on for a 51-41 victory in Mountain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ basketball Thursday.

Matt Moore (12), Henry Sandiford (18), and Curtis Seaman (16) combined for 46 of the Indians’ 51 total points.

“We started out slow, but began to hit shots and our defense stepped up in the second quarter,” Indian Lake/Long Lake head coach David Olbert said. “We elected to press in the fourth quarter and collected points off turnovers.”

Austin Williams paced the Mountaineers with 13 points, while teammates Bryton Chikukwa and Alex Ruzbacki combined for 16 in the loss.

Indian Lake/Long Lake 51, Minerva/Newcomb 41

Minerva/Newcomb (41)

McCall 2-0-5, Bartomeau 1-1-3, Ruzbacki 4-0-8, Zhao 1-0-2, Chikukwa 4-0-8, Williams 5-3-13, Galusha 1-0-2. Totals: 18-4-41.

Indian Lake/Long Lake (51)

Moore 5-0-12, Farrell 2-0-4, Sandiford 7-2-18, Seaman 6-2-16, Douglas 0-0-0, Giessen 0-1-1. Totals: 20-5-51.

Minerva/Newcomb 15 6 11 9 — 41

Indian Lake/Long Lake 5 13 12 21 — 51

3-point goals: Minerva/Newcomb (1): McCall. Indian Lake/Long Lake (6): Moore 2, Sandiford 2, Seaman 2.

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