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POTSDAM - Establishing its identity brought Potsdam Central instant dividends in Thursday night’s NAC Central Division boys basketball action.

The Stoners used a swarming fullcourt press to trigger a 30-point first quarter and cruised to an 81-46 victory over Canton and a 2-2 record in Central division play.

“I talked to my assistant coach Bill Mitchell and we decided that we had to bet back to the basics, which Potsdam basketball so prominent. We went to a fullcourt defensive press and intense pressure on the ball at all times in our halfcourt defense,” said Stoner Coach Brooks Bigwarfe.

“Our defense got us out in transition for a lot of fastbreaks and got out to a 30-11 lead.”

The Potsdam offense featured outside-inside leadership as Konnor Bigwarfe scored 24 points with four three-pointers and nine assists, Shawn Clark collected 20 points and 10 rebounds and Will Coleman tallied 16 points. Owen Mitchell and Nick Vaccaro each netted six points.

Evan Lapoint tallied 17 points to lead Canton (1-3) and netted nine of 12 free throws while Eddie Bortnick scored eight points and Nick Archibald added six.

OFA 78. Salmon River 32: OFA Boys Basketball Coach Mark Henry pointed to a lot of things his Blue Devils could have done better in a 78-32 victory over Salmon River in Northern Athletic Conference Central Division play on Thursday evening.

One in particular was ball control.

“We had too many turnovers tonight. We’ve got to take care of the basketball,” Henry noted.

But Coach Henry was happy with the way his team pushed the ball.

“We moved the ball well and Jack Manke gave us a solid effort off the bench,” Henry said after his Devils took a 23-7 lead after the first quarter and used an eight-point second quarter from Manke to gain a 47-11 lead.

Manke finished with 11 points, eight boards and two steals in the contest where OFA received 16 points and 12 boards from Breton LaRose, 11 points and two rebounds from Colin Ross, 14 points and four steals from Matt Piercey, and 11 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and three steals from Kinnon LaRose.

Pat Cosmo chipped in seven points and four caroms while Seth Pinkerton had three steals and two points.

Josh Hynes scored 11 points for Salmon River. Kiio Jacobs added 10 while Russ Oakes had six.

In junior varsity action, Dakota Brady scored 10 points in a 62-43 win over Salmon River. Tristen Moore and Peyton Lalone each logged nine points, while Jon Rogers and Nick Sweeney each added eight. Al Fisher posted six and Justin Russ and Ryan Adams added four and three.

Antoine Domino scored 15 and Nick Hynes tallied 13 for Salmon River JV’s.

Zach Smith added seven.

Malone 59, Massena 38: The Huskies stayed unbeaten at 8-0, 6-0 in NAC Central Division play sealing the win with a 19-10 fourth after leading 19-7 after one quarter and 31-17 at halftime at Massena (3-2, 2-2 NAC Central).

Mitchell Gallagher generated 13 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and collected three assists and two steals for the Huskies. Jon Dunlavey added 11 points and eight boards while Austin LaMay chipped in two three’s in an eight-point, five-rebound effort. Connor Dailey chipped in six points and four steals. Alex Johnson added seven points and four boards.

Joe Labella hit five three’s in a 17-point effort for Massena. Tyler Haas added 11 points including seven-of-eight from the fouline and posted four boards, four assists and three steals. Zach Rusaw generated six points and 13 rebounds while Zevon Viskovitch added four points and seven boards.

In junior varsity action, Massena won 47-41 over Malone. Dante Viskovich scored 14 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and collected two steals for Massena. Nathaniel Currier added nine points, three boards and two steals while Nicholas McKeel chipped in eight points, five rebounds. Xavier Goyco scored five points and had four assists.

Malone was paced by Cameron Gallagher with 10 points and 13 rebounds and Zach Haymond with eight points.

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