PLATTSBURGH — Taoufik Maknani’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds lifted Plattsburgh High to a 48-46 victory over Northeastern Clinton in Northern Basketball League play on Friday night.
Maknani led the Hornets, who took over sole possession of first place in Division I, with 15 points, while Brady Channell added 12 and Robert Matthews, nine.
Jon Filion paced the Cougars with 12 points, followed by Adam Khater with 10 and Austin Tetreault, eight.
The Cougars held a 1-point advantage, at 46-45, when Plattsburgh took a timeout with 15 seconds left and set up a play.
“Taoufik came off a double screen and hit a 3-pointer from the corner,” Plattsburgh assistant coach Pat Shaughnessy said. “There were about 10 seconds remaining and they had one last opportunity. They took a 2-point shot, but we contested it well.”
The game was close throughout.
“Both teams made runs at different times,” Shaughnessy said. “Our guys never got down and battled.
“We did a great job shutting down their main guys and we played great defense not allowing second shots like the first time we played them. It was a big win for us and a big team win.”
Plattsburgh 48, Northeastern Clinton 46
Northeastern Clinton (46)
Tetreault 3-1-8, Begore 2-0-4, Khater 4-2-10, Filion 5-2-12, Murphy 2-1-5, Grimshaw 3-1-7, Boutin 0-0-0. Totals: 19-7-46.
Frady 3-0-6, Maknani 6-0-15, Channell 5-0-12, Hughey 1-0-2, Follmer 2-0-4, Matthews 3-3-9, Desrocher 0-0-0. Totals: 20-3-48.
N. Clinton 10 10 12 14 — 46
Plattsburgh 10 8 16 14 — 48
3-point goals: NCCS (1): Tetreault. Plattsburgh (3): Maknani 3; Channell 2.
Indian/Long Lake 45, Lake Placid 44
INDIAN LAKE — Curtis Seaman had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Henry Sandiford added 12 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer for the Orange.
“We setup a play for our point guard, Henry Sandiford, to come off a couple of screens, but Lake Placid’s defense was tenacious,” Indian Lake/Long Lake coach Craig Seaman said. “Sandiford dribbled through traffic, creating his own shot with six seconds left. He nailed a 3-pointer to put us up by one point, 45 to 44.”