SARANAC — Garrett Begore and Joe Murphy combined for 40 points and the Northeastern Clinton boys’ basketball team kept host Saranac from winning the first Muggsy’s Tip-Off Classic with a 63-43 decision in the championship game on Saturday.
Begore made just four field goals, but three of those were 3-pointers and he added 10 points from the line for a game-high 22 markers. Murphy was next with 18 points, while Austin Tetreault and Jon Fortin chipped in with nine points each.
The Cougars held a 32-27 advantage at the half.
Mitchell Pellerin connected on five 3-pointers and led the Chiefs with 17 points. John Maye was next with 15.
“We didn’t come out of the gates like we did (Friday) night,” Saranac coach Brent Denis said. “It’s early in the season and we need to work on a consistent scoring approach.
“Northeastern Clinton played well. When we were able to stop Begore on the perimeter, Murphy hurt us in the post. Consequently, we had a hard time with their inside-out game.”
The classic’s t-shirt sale raised $1,750 to be put directly towards the Muggsy Favro Scholarship Fund. Denis said the volunteer and community support for the event was overwhelming.
SCHROON LAKE 69, SARANAC LAKE 30
Tanner Stone tossed in 22 points, while Caleb Maisonville added 17 and Alex Shaughnessy 11 in the Wildcats’ win over the Red Storm.
Schroon Lake jumped out to a 31-14 halftime lead.
Dustin Fischer was the lone Saranac Lake player in double figures with 11 points.
“Tanner Stone played a complete game (Saturday) and was honored with a selection to the all-tournament team,” Schroon Lake coach Lee Silvernail said. “The boys played well coming off a late game (Friday) night and having to play early (Saturday).
“It was a good team win for us.”
NCCS 62, Saranac 42
Brown 0-0-0, LaFave 0-0-0, Dragoon 0-0-0, Boutin 0-0-0, Tetreault 2-3-9, Begore 4-10-22, Khater 2-0-4, Filion 4-1-9, Murphy 9-0-18. Totals: 21-14-62.