CLINTONVILLE — The two top seeds took away any suspense early on Thursday night in the Section VII Class D boys’ basketball semifinals.
No. 1 seed Schroon Lake rolled to a 51-23 victory over No. 5 Chazy in the second game of the evening, while No. 2 Moriah was also dominant in a 48-33 win over No. 3 Elizabethtown-Lewis in the opener.
The Wildcats and Vikings will meet for the Class D championship at noon Saturday at the Plattsburgh State Field House.
Schroon Lake 51, Chazy 23
Jesse Shaughnessy scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Wildcats opened a 15-3 lead after one and never looked back.
“We wanted to come out with a lot of energy and put them away early,” Schroon Lake coach Lee Silvernail said. “We came out with tremendous energy, played good defense and were able to get some early baskets.”
Chazy went on a 6-0 run early in the second quarter to cut its deficit to 17-9 before Alex Shaughnessy nailed a 3-pointer to ignite a 7-0 run. That gave the Wildcats a 24-9 lead at the half.
Alex Shaughnessy then hit another three late in the third, sending Schroon Lake on a 9-0 burst that resulted in a 44-14 advantage after three.
Jesse Shaughnessy, who did not play in the fourth quarter, hurt the Eagles inside with a game-high 20 points. Tanner Stone connected on four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, while Alex Shaughnessy added nine.
“That was huge to get our inside-outside game going,” Silvernail said. “We have some younger players who can shoot from the outside.
“Our shooting was strong throughout the game.”
Alex Shaughnessy chipped in four assists, and Jesse Shaughnessy contributed three steals.
Jeff Armstrong didn’t score but was a major factor defensively with 10 rebounds, including nine in the first half. He also didn’t play in the fourth.
“We played good defense throughout, and Armstrong was huge on the boards in the first half,” Silvernail said.
Justin Brothers paced the Eagles with seven points and four rebounds.
“I’m proud of our team for the season they had,” Chazy coach Cory Thompson said. “Schroon Lake played an excellent game tonight, and I wish them good luck in the finals.”
Schroon Lake 51, Chazy 23
Botten 1-2-4, Brothers 3-1-7, Chauvin 0-0-0, Guay 1-1-4, Hampton 1-0-2, Lapierre 1-0-2, Laurin 1-1-4, Ryan 0-0-0, Provost 0-0-0. Totals: 8-5-23.
Schroon Lake (51)
Armstrong 0-0-0, DeZalia 0-0-0, Lough 0-0-0, Maisonville 2-0-4, Paradis 1-0-2, Rose 0-0-0, A. Shaughnessy 3-0-9, J. Shaughnessy 9-2-20, Stone 6-0-16, Vallie 0-0-0. Totals: 21-2-51.
Chazy 3 6 5 9 — 23
Schroon Lake 15 9 20 7 — 51
3-point goals: Chazy (2); Guay; Laurin. Schroon Lake (7); Stone 4; A. Shaughnessy 3.
Moriah 48, Elizabethtown-Lewis 33
Adam Jaquish, the Vikings’ 6-foot-4 freshman center, was too much inside for the Lions.
Jaquish flirted with a triple-double and finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
“Adam was tough inside tonight,” Moriah coach Brian Cross said.
Jessup Calkins also hit in double figures for the Vikings with 10 points, while Derek Brassard hauled down 12 rebounds.
Elizabethtown-Lewis scored the first 2-pointer of the game, but Moriah tallied the final 13 points of the stanza for a 13-2 lead after one quarter.
The Vikings continued to build on their lead in the second and took a commanding 29-7 edge into intermission.
“The key was that we played well defensively, especially in the first half,” Cross said. “We played hard and smart for the most part and were able to stay out of foul trouble.
“It certainly helped to get out to the first-quarter lead.”
Moriah’s biggest lead came in the third quarter when the Vikings went up 28 points, at 40-12.
Charlie Huttig paced the Lions with a game-high 20 points, with 19 of those coming in the second half. Justin LaPier was next with seven.
“We did a good job rebounding and also defending their screen and roll,” Cross said. “We executed our offense pretty well — not as good in the second half. But I was pretty happy with the way we played.”
Huttig 7-3-20, Noka-Bailey 2-0-4, Denton 0-0-0, Harwood 0-2-2, LaPier 3-1-7, Marvin 0-0-0, Morris 0-0-0, Plante 0-0-0, Whalen 0-0-0, White 0-0-0, Farrell 0-0-0. Totals: 12-6-33.
Calkins 4-1-10, Pratt 1-1-3, Graham 0-0-0, Shpur 1-0-2, Mero 3-0-7, Jaquish 5-5-15, Mauran 2-0-4, McKiernan 0-0-0, Belzer 0-0-0, Brassard 2-0-5, Marcotte 1-0-2, Gaddor 0-0-0. Totals: 19-7-48.
Elizabethtown 2 5 13 13 — 33
Moriah 13 16 14 5 — 48
3-point goals: Elizabethtown-Lewis (3): Huttig 3. Moriah (3): Calkins; Mero; Brassard.