PLATTSBURGH — Taoufik Maknani scored 11 points and Plattsburgh High fought through Northeastern Clinton’s tough zone defense for a 48-40 win Wednesday in the Section VII Class B boys’ basketball quarterfinals.
“We beat them twice in the regular season, but NCCS is a very proud program and I knew it was going to be a lot different in sectionals,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Hartmann said. “Coach (Robb) Garrand and his guys did an incredible job with their 2-3 zone (Wednesday). They took away anything that was open in the previous games.
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“(Jon Filion) had a huge game — he had a great game on the boards. And Tom Bedard played his heart out.”
The fourth-seeded Hornets advanced to face Peru at 7:30 Saturday.
Garrett Frady had eight points and seven steals for Plattsburgh, and T.J. LaPoint added eight points and nine rebounds. Damon LaBorde scored seven, while Nate Harrington pulled down nine rebounds.
The Hornets held a 24-22 lead at the half.
“In three games against them, we’ve given up four threes. So we really took away their outside game,” Hartmann said. “It was a back-and-forth battle. It was a great game, and I’m proud of my boys.”
Bedard paced the fifth-seeded Cougars with 15 points, and Filion had 13. Rodney Grimshaw scored 10.
Plattsburgh High 48,
Northeastern Clinton 40
Northeastern Clinton (40)
Grimshaw 5-0-10, Tetreault 0-0-0, Begore 0-0-0, Tavernia 1-0-2, Bedard 6-3-15, Filion 6-1-13. Totals: 18-4-40.
Frady 3-2-8, LaBorde 2-2-7, Maknani 4-1-11, LaPoint 3-2-8, Harrington 2-2-6, Kelley 2-0-4, O’Connor 3-0-6, Bouzidane 0-0-0. Totals: 17-11-48.
Northeastern Clinton 10 12 8 10 — 40
Plattsburgh 14 10 10 14 — 48
3-point goals: Plattsburgh (3), Maknani 2, LaBorde.
Saranac 50, Saranac Lake 34
SARANAC — Jeremy Bullis finished with a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds as the third-seeded Chiefs defeated the Red Storm.
Saranac (12-6) will play No. 2 seed Beekmantown in the Class B semifinals at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Chiefs received a balanced offensive attack with Michael Conway, John Maye and Nick Daniels getting eight points each. Tanner Rascoe had seven.