Red-hot Bulldogs shoot down Lumberjacks
TUPPER LAKE — Chateaugay began raining down the long ball early and never cooled down on the way to an 89-60 victory over Tupper Lake Monday in Section X boys basketball.
With five players sinking shots from beyond the arc, the Bulldogs drained a season-high 17 three-pointers to improve to 10-3 overall. The Lumberjacks struggled in the opening half, both on the defensive boards and against the full-court press, but played much better after intermission and actually outscored the Bulldogs by a point over the third and fourth quarters.
With senior Chandler LaPlante leading the way, Chateaugay cruised out to a 31-9 advantage in the first quarter and was never threatened. After reaching the 1,000-point plateau in the Bulldogs’ previous game, LaPlante scored a game-high 31 points against the ‘Jacks including seven three-pointers. Tupper Lake also saw its star senior turn in a standout effort as Kameron Sarvis poured in 24 points. Two other Lumberjacks hit in double figures with Brad McLear knocking down 15 points and Jacob Stradley finishing with 14.
“Initially, their press gave us trouble early, which I was shocked by. We didn’t break the press well at all, and we have two or three great dribblers who can take it up the court,” Tupper Lake coach Brian Bennett said. “The first half was hard for us. We were down 30 at the end of the first half but we beat them by one point in the second half and they still had their starters in there.
“The second half was much better,” Bennett continued. “Our transition to man-defense I thought was a positive. They still had the looks, but they didn’t have as many. Defensive rebounding killed us. They had way too many second, third, fourth chances. That was frustrating. That just comes down to fundamentals — put a body on a man and box out.”
The Bulldogs hit 11 three-pointers in the opening half while surging out to a 31-9 edge after the first quarter and extending the lead to 52-22 at halftime. LaPlante racked up 24 points in the first half and added another eight in the third quarter before leaving the game.
Jonah McDonald also had a big game for the winners, finishing with 22 points. Chris Cook added 13 points in the win and Bulldogs teammate Nate Roach added 10.
Chateaugay head coach Mike Martin said he loved the way his Bulldogs started the game.
“We played great,” Martin said. “We came right out of the gate hard, shots went down early and that fuels our defense. We got a lot of turnovers and ran. I’m really happy, especially with our first half.
“That was as good as we’ve played in the first half in awhile, and it was against a quality team,” Martin added. “We shoot a lot of threes, we like to spread teams out, we have a lot of kids who can shoot the ball led by our senior Chandler LaPlante. We start four guards and a small forward and we give everybody the green light. If you’re open let it go. That’s our philosophy.”
The Bulldogs will face St. Regis Falls Thursday in their next start. The Lumberjacks will also be in action Thursday, hosting Bruston-Moria starting at 7 p.m.
Chateaugay 89, Tupper Lake 60
Bulldogs 31 21 21 16 — 89
Lumberjacks 9 13 22 16 — 60
LaPlante 11-2-31, Secore 3-0-6, Gibson 0-1-1, Baines 1-0-3, Kemp 0-0-0, Roach 4-0-10, Cook 5-2-13, Jo. McDonald 7-3-22, Je. McDonald 1-0-2. Totals: 32-8-89.
Tupper Lake (60)
LaClair 0-1-1, Cordes 2-0-4, Picerno 0-2-2, Stradley 6-1-14, Sarvis 10-2-24, McLear 5-3-15, Lanthier 0-0-0. Totals: 23-9-60.
Three-point goals: Chateaugay (17), LaPlante 7, Baines, Roach 3, Cook, Jo. McDonald 5. Tupper Lake (5), Sarvis 2, Stradley, McLear 2.