CHAMPLAIN — Saranac jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first quarter and Northeastern Clinton wasn’t able to fully overcome the deficit as the Chiefs captured a 35-33 boys’ Northern Basketball League victory Wednesday.
The Chiefs had a balanced scoring attack with John Maye and Mitchell Pellerin leading with the way eight points apiece. Dylan Christopherson added seven points, while Tanner Rascoe chipped in with six.
“Another slow start for the Cougars … we shot the ball very poorly (Wednesday) with little patience,” Northeastern Clinton coach Robb Garrand said. “We have yet to put together a complete 40-minute game. All three losses have come down to the last 15 seconds of the game.
“It’s all the little things like making a lazy pass or poor free throw shooting that costs us in the end. Hopefully at sectional time these last 15 seconds will work in our favor, however, we have to shoot better as a team, catch the ball and have more mental composure.”
Joe Murphy had a strong all-around game for the Cougars with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Rodney Grimshaw added nine points.
Northeastern Clinton was playing without both Harley Tavernia (injured) and Jon Filion (illness).
Saranac 35, Northeastern Clinton 33
Pellerin 3-0-8, Earp 0-0-0, Rascoe 2-2-6, Cross 0-0-0, Cutaiar 1-2-5, Maye 3-2-8, Keysor 0-1-1, Stanton 0-0-0, Christopherson 3-0-7. Totals: 12-7-35.
Northeastern Clinton (33)
LaFave 0-0-0, Boutin 0-0-0, Tetreault 0-0-0, Begore 2-2-6, Khater 1-1-3, Murphy 7-1-15, Grimshaw 4-0-9. Totals: 15-2-33.
Saranac 10 7 10 8 — 35
Northeastern Clinton 4 12 9 8 — 33
3-point goals: Saranac (4) Pellerin 2, Cutaiar, Christopherson. Northeastern Clinton (1) Grimshaw.
JV: Northeastern Clinton won.
Mod: Saranac won.
AUSABLE VALLEY 68, PLATTSBURGH 59
CLINTONVILLE — The Patriots outscored the Hornets, 22-15, in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Shane Douglas and John Goodnough had huge games for AuSable Valley, with Douglas finishing with 21 points, nine assists and five steals, and Goodnough 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Freshman Kobe Parrow added double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.
“We shared the ball so well and the entire team played their roles to produce a team win,” AuSable Valley coach Jamie Douglass said.