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Red Storm upend ’Jacks to stay unbeaten

McCarthy, Yando combine for 43 points as SL tops Tupper a second time

Tupper Lake’s Grant Godin goes up for a shot between Saranac Lake’s Landon Faubert (2) and Nate McCarthy during Saturday’s game. Godin led the Lumberjacks with 19 points. Also pictured for Tupper Lake is Colby Boudreau (5). (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

SARANAC LAKE — Had this been a normal year with no pandemic throwing a big wrench into a sports season, Saranac Lake head coach Dermott Morgan thinks the Red Storm boys basketball team would have stacked up pretty well against the rest of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.

Instead of competing against some of their traditional opponents from larger schools, the Red Storm have been taking on smaller school teams during their condensed season, and they’ve been on a roll.

On Saturday, Saranac Lake improved to 4-0 with a 73-38 victory over Tupper Lake. Playing at home, Saranac Lake finished with a two-game sweep of the Lumberjacks during another outing that saw the Red Storm come through with a balanced offensive attack. All four of Saranac Lake’s victories have been by double-digits.

Seven players scored points for Saranac Lake, and Nate McCarthy and Brady Yando led the way. McCarthy finished with a game-high 22 points and Yando, one of two seniors on the team, added 21 points.

Saranac Lake was never threatened during the afternoon matchup. The Red Storm owned a 35-15 lead at halftime and did not let up after intermission.

“I would love to to see how our guys would have done in the CVAC this year,” Morgan said. “I think we would have had a great run, maybe even a sectional title. We have some kids who can really play, and they have all come up through a very solid youth program we’ve had for the past five years or so. This was the fourth game in a row we’ve had balanced scoring.”

McCarthy, a junior, has been on a tear leading Saranac Lake this season. His game-high performance against the Lumberjacks’ came a day after he scored 19 points in the Red Storm’s 63-38 victory over Bruston-Moira. Last Wednesday, McCarthy erupted for a varsity career-high 37 points in a win over Lake Placid.

Landon Faubert added nine points in the win and James Catania, Saranac Lake’s other senior, chipped in eight points.

Grant Godin had a strong effort for Tupper Lake, finishing with 19 points. Elijah Kulzer also tossed in eight points for the Lumberjacks.

Saranac Lake wraps up its season with three games this week. The Red Storm next travels to face Salmon River on Tuesday and will then be on the road Wednesday at Lake Placid. Saranac Lake and Salmon River will then meet again Friday on the Red Storm’s court to end the season.

“Salmon River will be tough. They’re big and strong inside,” Morgan said. “I’m just happy we have these seven games for our seniors. We’re losing Catania and Yando, but the rest of the guys should be back. Our program is solid at all three levels. I’m excited about the future.”

Saranac Lake 73,

Tupper Lake 38

Tupper Lake (38)

Vardin 2-1-5, Pratt 0-0-0, Godin 6-4-19, Symonds 0-0-0, Kulzer 4-0-8, L. Boudreau 1-0-2, B. Boudreau 0-0-0, Dattoma 0-0-0, Hill 1-2-4. Totals: 14-7-38.

Saranac Lake (73)

Yando 8-3-21, Wilson 2-2-6, Roberts 1-0-3, McCarthy 9-3-22, Zalewski 0-0-0, Santiago 0-0-0, Catania 3-0-8, Faubert 3-0-9, Hewitt 2-0-4. Totals: 28-8-73.

Three-point goals: SL (9), Yando 2, Roberts, McCarthy, Catania 2, Faubert 3. TL (3), Godin 3.

Halftime: SL 35, TL 15.

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