PORT HENRY — Adam Jaquish finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks Thursday night as the Moriah boys cleared another obstacle in the Division II race with a 71-61 victory over Seton Catholic in Northern Basketball League play.
Jarrod MacDougal and Taylor Slattery also played well for the Vikings with 19 and 15 points, respectively. Tyler Pratt added six rebounds and eight assists.
Kaden Baugh paced the Knights with 21 points, while Keagen Briggs added 15 and Chris Kustos, 13.
Moriah was strong at the beginning and jumped out to a 40-22 lead at the half, despite Baugh scoring all of his team’s 13 second-quarter points.
The Vikings took a 56-37 advantage into the fourth, when it got a little interesting.
“We played very well until there were three or four minutes left in the game,” Moriah coach Brian Cross said. “Seton cut our 18-point lead down to three with one minute remaining.”
Kustos scored 11 points in the fourth, and Briggs added eight.
The Vikings, however, were able to right the ship and widened their lead in the closing seconds.
Moriah 71, Seton Catholic 61
Seton Catholic (61)
Quantock 1-0-2, Tedford 3-0-8, Baugh 8-5-21, Briggs 5-4-15, Lafountain 0-0-0, Favreau 1-0-2, Kustos 5-3-13, Zalis 0-0-0. Totals: 23-12-61.
Slattery 6-1-15, MacDougal 7-4-19, Pratt 1-3-5, Gilbo 1-3-5, A. Jaquish 10-3-23, R. Jaquish 2-0-4, Clarke 0-0-0. Totals: 27-14-71.
Seton Catholic 9 13 15 24 — 61
Moriah 20 20 16 15 — 71
3-point goals: Seton Catholic (3): Tedford 2; Briggs. Moriah (3): Slattery 2; MacDougal.
JV: Moriah won.
Modified: Moriah won.
WILLSBORO 48, ELIZABTHTOWN-LEWIS 28
WILLSBORO — Nick Arnold finished with 20 points, five assists and seven rebounds for the Warriors.
Fourteen of Arnold’s points came in the second half when Willsboro, which led by an 18-14 margin after two quarters, outscored the Lions by a 30-14 margin.
Zach Pierson added 10 points, including eight in the first quarter, for the Warriors. Lucas Cross chipped in with six points and six rebounds.
Cortland White tossed in seven points to lead Elizabethtown-Lewis, and Hugh Harwood did a nice job defensively on Arnold in the first half, holding him to six points.