Local hoops teams kick off new season

SARANAC — The Massena boys defeated Willsboro, 69-39, in the opening game of Muggsy's Tip-Off Classic Tournament Friday at Saranac.

The Red Raiders' Ethan Firnstein led the way with a team-high 14 points, and Luke Greco and Christopher McGregor each picked up 10 points for Massena.

Regan Arnold came away with a game-high 21 points, and Jared Ball chipped in five points for the Warriors.

“Massena started the game with much more effort and intensity than we did, and they were able to build a big lead,” Willsboro coach Jim Spring said. “In the second half, we came out much more focused and played with more effort.”

Massena led, 39-12, at halftime and totaled eight three-point goals.

The tournament will continue throughout the day at Saranac on Sunday.

Massena 69, Willsboro 39

Massena (69)

Weir 0-0-0, LaBarge 2-0-6, Greco 4-0-10, Barney 3-0-6, C. McGregor 4-2-10, T. McGregor 1-0-2, Herrick 1-4-6, Amo 1-0-3, VonBorstel 1-0-2, Peets 2-0-6, Perry 0-4-4, Firnstein 6-1-14. Totals- 25-11-69.

Willsboro (39)

Arnold 6-5-21, Reithel 1-0-2, Cassavaugh 0-0-0, Ball 1-2-5, Joslyn 1-1-4, King 0-2-2, Sweatt 1-1-3, King 0-0-0, Gough 1-0-2, Frechette 0-0-0. Totals- 11-11-39.

Halftime- Massena 39-12.

3 point goals- Massena (8) LaBarge 2, Greco 2, Amo 1, Peets 2, Firnstein 1. Willsboro (6) Arnold 4, Ball 1, Joslyn 1.



The Chiefs' Jacob Pierce (14), Brady Hebert (13) and Jared Duquette (13) combined for 40 points in Saranac's victory over the Cougars.

“We got off to a slow start, but we had a nice, balanced attack,” Chiefs coach Mike Recore said.

Spencer Trudo came through with a team-high 12 points for Northeastern Clinton, and Bryan Claudio added 11 points.

“It's early so hopefully we build on this and continue to get stronger,” Recore said. “We had some nice contributions from a lot of the guys, which is great.”

Saranac 63, Northeastern Clinton 45

Northeastern Clinton (45)

Claudio 4-1-11, Supernaw 2-0-5, Gilbo 3-0-7, Trudo 4-4-12, Garrow 3-0-6, Thompsin 2-0-4, Gero 0-0-0, Molinski 0-0-0. Totals- 18-5-45.

Saranac (63)

Dessureault 0-0-0, Burns 0-2-2, Carter 0-0-0, Liberty 0-0-0, Mather 4-0-8, Hebert 5-1-13, Duquette 5-3-13, Pierce 6-1-14, Johnston 2-0-4, Manor 0-0-0, Pierce 4-0-9. Totals- 26-7-63.

Halftime- Saranac, 42-14.

3 point goals- Saranac (4) Hebert 2, Duquette, Pierce. Northeastern Clinton (4) Claudio 2, Supernaw, Gilbo.




Kya McComb scored a game-high 24 points in the Cougars' defeat of the Bulldogs.

Northeastern Clinton led 42-19 at halftime, and Marlie Sample chipped in 10 points to keep the lead.

“Overall it was a well-played game by all members of the team,” Cougars coach Robb Garrand said.

Heuvelton's Dakota Mouthorp and Molly Williams each scored nine points.

Abby Racine (8), Brynn Sample (6) and Chelsea Guerin (6) combined for 20 points for Northeastern Clinton.

Northeastern Clinton 67, Heuvelton 38

Northeastern Clinton (67)

McComb 11-0-24, Racine 4-0-8, Hollister 2-1-5, M. Sample 5-0-10, B. Sample 3-0-6, Br. LaFountain 0-2-2, Ba. LaFountain 2-0-4, Prairie 1-0-2, Guerin 3-0-6, Goodrow 0-0-0. Totals 31-3-67.

Heuvelton (38)

Mouthorp 4-0-9, Ashley 0-0-0, Mills 1-0-2, Cameron 1-2-5, Cunningham 0-0-0, Doyle 3-0-6, Margin 0-0-0, West 0-1-1, Williams 3-3-9, Sibley 3-0-6. Totals- 15-6-38.

Halftime- Northeastern Clinton 42-19.

3 point goals- Northeastern Clinton (2) McComb 2. Heuvelton (2) Mouthorp 1, Cameron 1.



Payton Couture led the way for the Chiefs with a game-high 24 points.

“We started the game a little tight on both sides of the ball,” Saranac coach Tim Newell said. “It took the girls a few minutes to compose themselves and settle in to the game.”

The Chiefs led 20-8 at halftime, and Aislyn Liberty chipped in 10 points for Saranac.

“Payton Couture played very well on both ends of the court, and led us with 24 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks,” Newell said. “Kayla Myers is our lone senior and she did a good job defensively on Jhenna Trombley, making her work hard on every possession.”

Jhenna Trombley led the Eagles with nine points, and Avery Durgan registered four points.

“This was our first non-league contest and I believe we will only get better as the season moves forward,” Newell said. “The girls all played hard and gave good effort throughout the game.”

Newell noted that Beekmantown is a team that will only improve as the season continues.

Saranac 50, Beekmantown 27

Saranac (50)

Mulverhill 0-1-1, Patterson 2-0-4, Parker 1-0-3, Liberty 4-0-10, S. Myers 1-2-4, K. Myers 1-0-3, Denis 0-1-1, Reil 0-0-0, Couture 11-2-24. Totals- 20-6-50.

Beekmantown (27)

Trombley 4-0-9, Beard 1-1-3, Durgan 2-0-4, Provost 1-0-2, Drapeau 0-0-0, Whitney 0-0-0, Donville 1-0-2, Williams 0-0-0, Martin 1-1-3, Regan 1-0-2, Lafontan 1-0-2. Totals- 12-2-27.

Halftime- Saranac 20-8.

3 point goals- Saranac (4) Parker, Liberty 2, K. Myers. Beekmantown (1) Trombley.





Heuvelton's Braeden Free scored 16 points in the Bulldogs narrow defeat of the Bobcats.

Northern Adirondack's Lucas Smart (14) and Cody Lambert (16) combined for 30 points.

Lambert and Smart both tallied nine rebounds, and Reese Lafountain had eight rebounds for the Bobcats.

“Lucas Smart cut the deficit to two points (47-45) with a putback with 3:32 in the fourth quarter, but Braeden Free responded for Heuvelton with a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, and that was enough to keep the Bobcats from getting any closer,” Northern Adirondack coach Nate Bilow said.

Heuvelton led 31-21 at halftime.

"We played better than I thought we were going to tonight,” Bilow said. “We have a lot of things to improve upon, but overall, I was happy with our performance tonight.

“It was a good contest to start the season out with."

Northern Adirondack is set to play the loser of Colton-Pierpoint and St. Regis in Saturday's consolation game, according to Bilow.

Heuvelton 54, Northern Adirondack 49

Heuvelton (54)

Busford 1-0-2, Mashaw 0-8-8, Crawford 6-0-12, Wrobel 3-0-6, Barney 1-0-2, Free 5-3-16, Luke 3-2-8. Totals- 19-13-54.

Northern Adirondack (49)

Bergeron 2-1-6, Smart 6-2-14, Guerin 2-0-5, Murphy 0-0-0, Lafountain 3-0-6, Coryea 1-0-2, Lambert 6-4-16, LaValley 0-0-0. Totals- 20-7-49.

Halftime- Heuvelton 31-21.

3 point goals- Heuvelton (3) Free 3. Northern Adirondack (2) Bergeron, Guerin.

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