SARANAC — The Saranac Chiefs took the lead from the start of their boys’ Northern Basketball League game Wednesday and Plattsburgh High, which was unbeaten in the league, could never overtake them.
Tanner Rascoe had 19 points and Caleb Keysor played tough defense as Saranac upset the Hornets 60-49.
“Basically, we played 32 minutes of good basketball (Wednesday),” Saranac coach Brent Denis said. “We knew coming in we needed to find a way to make Garret Frady less effective offensively. Caleb Keysor was fantastic (Wednesday) and worked hard to limit his touches.
“Morgan Earp and Aaron Cross did a good job off the bench defensively as well.”
Mitch Pellerin, who finished with eight points, began the game by hitting two 3-pointers, and the Chiefs were up 12-6 at the end of the first quarter.
After the Hornets (8-2, 6-1) pulled within four points late in the fourth quarter, Rascoe and John Maye responded with clutch buckets, and Saranac (7-4, 5-2) hit some free throws down the stretch.
“Tanner Rascoe shot the ball well, but more importantly, showed some good leadership running our point (Wednesday),” Denis said.
Maye totaled nine points and 16 rebounds, and Dylan Christopherson had 10 points and 13 boards.
Plattsburgh’s Frady scored a team-high 12, while Taoufik Maknani and Nate Hughey both added 11. Robert Matthews tossed in 10.
“I am proud of our boys,” Denis said. “We are in a good spot right now, and we are all beginning to accept our roles on the team.”
Saranac 60, Plattsburgh 49
Frady 4-2-12, Maknani 5-1-11, Desrocher 0-0-0, Channell 1-0-2, Hughey 5-1-11, Follmer 1-1-3, Matthews 3-4-10. Totals: 19-9-49.
Pellerin 3-0-8, Earp 1-0-2, Rascoe 7-3-19, Cross 0-1-1, Cutaiar 1-0-3, Maye 3-3-9, Keysor 2-0-6, Stanton 1-0-2, Christopherson 4-2-10. Totals: 22-9-60.
Plattsburgh 6 14 16 13 — 49
Saranac 12 16 17 15 — 60
3-point goals: Saranac (7) Pellerin 2, Rascoe 2, Cutaiar, Keysor 2. Plattsburgh (2) Frady 2.
JV: Saranac won.
Mod: Plattsburgh won.
AuSable Valley 48, Northeastern Clinton 43
CHAMPLAIN — John Goodnough tallied 15 as the Patriots took down the Cougars.
AuSable Valley had strong first and third quarters, outscoring Northeastern Clinton 27-15 in the span.