Bulldogs sure past OFA; Lisbon tops C-P

Jan. 19—HEUVELTON — Heuvelton Central and Ogdensburg Free Academy staged their version of the "Backyard Brawl" in Tuesday's nonleague Boys Basketball game which was Senior Cheerleader Night at the Bulldogs' Gym.

After the HCS District honored Senior Cheerleaders Ashleigh Calton and Avery Macaulay the Bulldogs and Blue Devils matched high emotions, energy, total effort and unselfish play before a standing room only crowd.

Two minutes into the fourth quarter the major story line was the improvement and development of the young Blue Devil cast playing three men down because of injuries. After trailing 19-13 after one quarter the Devils (3-9) forged a 35-25 advantage over the second and third quarter to take a 48-44 lead into the fourth quarter led by 24 points in the post from sophomore Ian Rose.

A three-pointer by Blake Morrill widened the margin to 53-46 two minutes into the quarter but the Devils would not score again until 21.9 seconds to play after HCS (9-4) put together a 22-0 run for a 65-54 victory. The varsity contest followed an intense JV matchup won by OFA 42-38.

In another nonleague game in Lisbon the host Golden Knights pulled away from Colton-Pierrepont 77-53,



Repeating the script of a nonleague win over Potsdam in December the Bulldogs adjusted their zone defense into a three quarters court trap to completely divert the flow of the action. Senior guard Rhys Brossoit accelerated the current into a flood of transition points as he scored eight straight points and two drives to the goal, two free throws and a layup off a steal.

He went to score 12 of his game-high 28 points which included a 7-8 stint at the free throw line.

"We struggled when Tony Tacchino left the game and OFA is really coming along. They handled the pressure better, moved the ball well and it some key shots," said Heuvelton Coach Josh McAllister.

"We used our zone like we did in our win over Potsdam and were able to create turnovers. Rhys Brossoit had a great game, he did the things that a senior point can do."

Landyn Ashlaw tallied 13 points for the Bulldogs and buried two 3s in an eight-point first quarter. Cam Johnson tallied 10 points on a pull-up jumpers off drives into the lane. Tacchino tallied seven points and was a high impact presence on both backboards. Isreal Paradise and Colt McAllister added five and two points.

Following up a 30-point effort in an NAC Central win over Gouverneur OFA's Ian Rose mixed power and finese in the post to finish with 27 points where he made 7-9 free throws.

He tallied 11 points and Jack Pike (10 points) netted six in OFA's 20-14 revival in the second quarter. Morrill tallied 14 points, Andrew Loffler tallied two points to complement some outstanding interior passes and Lucca Bella added a free throw while playing very aggressively around both backboards,

"We played an outstanding 26 minutes and moved the ball well, we are coming. Heuvelton is a good team and they were able to turn things around in the fourth quarter," said OFA Coach Wes McDonald.

"Rhys Brossoit had a tremendous game for them."

The OFA JVs turned in an under-40 signature defensive effort gaining a 42-38 win over Heuvelton and received the team's best individual offensive performance of the season in a 21-point effort by Camden Cree. Cree scored 15 in the second half and tallied eight in the fourth quarter where the Devils held off a determined comeback effort by the Bulldogs.

Urijah Austin and Will LaFlair each scored eight points for the Devils with Trenton Power and Greg Ortega adding three and two points.

Parker Felt and Drew Carpenter led Heuvelton with 17 ad 11 points and Jude Spooner and Devin Johnson added six and four.

"It was an outstanding game and Urijah Austin and Will LaFlair gave us great play at guard. Parker Felt is the best player we have played against all season," said OFA Coach Scott Sargent.



Connor Bell has been a "glue guy" in Lisbon's outstanding NAC Boys Basketball season. Bell has been a steady interior producer and upped his production on Tuesday with a season-high 21 points as the 10-4 Golden Knights' used 3-pronged offensive leadership in a 77-53 nonleague win over Colton-Pierrepont (4-7).

Cooper Rutherford led the way with 23 points and scored eight points in the second quarter along with Bell as Lisbon took a 43-24 halftime lead.

AJ Donaldson sparked a 23-point first quarter with 10 points and went to tally 18 on the night. Cooper Flack tallied six points, Alex Vesel netted a 3-pointer and Isaiah White, Tanner Fonda and Coby Mills all chipped in a field goal.

Eric Friedel and Ty Farns combined for 17 and 15 points leading C-P and Cody Trimm and Nate Smith each tallied six. Other scoring came from: Ethan VanBrocklin (5), Harold Bush (1), Joey Fisher (2) and Brayden Robert (5).