CHAMPLAIN — A 14-4 run in the second quarter was the difference Thursday night as Northeastern Clinton defeated Peru 51-46 in Northern Basketball League boys’ action.
The Indians jumped out to a 16-13 lead after one before the Cougars outscored Peru by 10 points in the second for a 27-20 halftime lead.
Garrett Begore paced Northeastern Clinton (7-1, 3-1) with 14 points, with 11 of those coming from the foul line.
Jon Filion was next with 13 points, and Austin Tetreault added nine.
Tyler Lemza led the Indians with 15 points, and Jordan Guay followed with 13, with seven of those coming from the charity stripe.
“Both teams had hot and cold spells,” Northeastern Clinton coach Robb Garrand said. “Both, however, battled to the end.
“Peru has a very talented team, and our boys played with heart. But we once again need to come out with more confidence in the first quarter and get active with our feet. It was a nice win before the holiday break. However, we still have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Northeastern Clinton 51, Peru 46
Guay 2-7-13, Spear 1-0-2, Casey 3-0-7, Hendricks 1-0-2, Lemza 5-4-15, Bazzano 1-0-2, Boice 0-0-0, Lawliss 2-1-5. Totals: 15-12-46.
Northeastern Clinton (51)
LaFave 0-0-0, Boutin 2-0-5, Tetreault 2-3-9, Begore 1-11-14, Tavernia 1-0-2, Khater 1-0-2, Filion 6-1-13, Murphy 2-2-6. Totals: 15-17-51.
Peru 16 4 11 15 — 46
Northeastern Clinton 13 14 9 15 — 51
3-point goals: Peru (4): Guay 2; Casey; Lemza. Northeastern Clinton (4): Tetreault 2; Boutin; Begore.
JV: Peru won.
Saranac 63, Beekmantown 62
BEEKMANTOWN — Nate Stanton hit two key 3-pointers to stop a Beekmantown run in the second half and the Chiefs held on for the win.
Saranac’s John Maye led all scorers with 21 points, and Stanton totaled 12. Tanner Rascoe and Dylan Christopherson both scored eight.
“Saranac came out of the gates hard (Thursday),” Beekmantown coach Ryan Converse said. “Maye and Christopherson killed us on the glass in the first quarter.”
The Eagles trailed by eight at the half but turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and got some points off turnovers. They pulled ahead with about 3:30 left in the quarter, but then Stanton hit his back-to-back triples.