March 9, 2014

LaRose hits 1,000; OFA bests short-handed PHS

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh High School boys’ basketball team knew what it was up against Saturday afternoon.

Section X Class B powerhouse Ogdensburg Free Academy (23-1) has been destroying teams in the playoffs and the Hornets became the Blue Devils’ latest victim.

Ogdensburg, following a competitive first quarter, broke away for a 58-30 halftime lead on the way to a 92-49 win in NYSPHSAA regional championship play at the Plattsburgh State Field House, earning a trip to the final four.

The short-handed Section VII champions (15-5) had only six varsity players available for the game because of disciplinary actions earlier this week.

“Ogdensburg is a great team in transition,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Hartmann said. “All their players shoot the ball very well.

“We stayed with them in the first quarter, but you could see our legs starting to go in the second quarter.”

Ogdensburg came into Saturday’s game on the heels of an 80-49 rout of Section II’s Voorheesville in the regional semifinals on Tuesday. In Section X postseason play, the Blue Devils outscored their opponents by an average of 49.5 points a game.

Garrett Frady scored 10 points and Alex Follmer seven in a high-scoring first quarter that resulted in a 27-22 Ogdensburg lead.

Follmer’s 3-pointer cut Plattsburgh’s deficit to 43-30 in the second before Colin Hannan scored eight points in a 15-0 run to help put the Blue Devils up by 28 after the first two stanzas.

“We wanted to go into the game nice and loose — I had a feeling that it might be my last basketball game at Plattsburgh,” Frady said. “I wanted to leave it all on the court.

“Literally, I’ve known their players since I began playing travel basketball when I was 11 years old. They are a phenomenal team — everyone who plays for them can shoot the ball.”

Blue Devils standout Kinnon LaRose, a junior, went over 1,000 points for his career on Saturday and led his team with 18 points.

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