Brushton, NY – December 4, 2023 – A high-stakes battle unfolded on the hardwood Monday night, as the Brushton-Moira Panthers hosted the St. Lawrence Larries in an East Division boys basketball showdown. Both teams entered the contest hungry for victory, with Brushton-Moira seeking to solidify their top-three standing and St. Lawrence aiming to climb the ranks.
Game: Brushton-Moira vs St. Lawrence Central
Date: Decembers 4, 2023
Time: In Progress
Streaming: Watch Live Here
The opening tip-off set the tone for a tightly contested affair. Neither team could establish a clear lead, exchanging baskets throughout the first quarter. Brushton-Moira’s offense flowed with the dynamic duo of senior guard and junior forward. They combined for 12 points in the opening frame, keeping the Panthers within striking distance.
St. Lawrence, however, countered with their own potent weapon in senior center. His towering presence in the paint disrupted the Panthers’ interior defense, and his 8 first-quarter points helped the Larries maintain a slim lead.
The second quarter mirrored the first, with both teams showcasing their defensive prowess. Scrappy rebounding and active hands on steals kept the scoring low, but the intensity remained high. As the halftime buzzer sounded, St. Lawrence clung to a narrow 28-25 advantage.
The break seemed to energize the Brushton-Moira squad. They emerged with a renewed focus in the third quarter, fueled by a raucous home crowd. caught fire from beyond the arc, draining three consecutive three-pointers to give the Panthers their first lead of the game.
St. Lawrence, momentarily stunned, struggled to adjust. Their offense sputtered, and turnovers mounted as Brushton-Moira’s defensive pressure intensified. The Panthers seized the momentum, outscoring the Larries 18-8 in the decisive third period to establish a 43-36 cushion.
The final quarter was a masterclass in clutch play. Both teams traded baskets, the lead teetering back and forth with each possession. St. Lawrence refused to give in, fueled by the late heroics of. He slashed through the Panthers’ defense for key layups and converted clutch free throws, keeping the Larries within striking distance.
With under a minute remaining, the score was tied 53-53. The tension in the gym was palpable. Then, with a lightning-quick move, stole the ball and raced down the court. He laid the ball off to the streaking , who rose for a game-winning fadeaway jumper as time expired.
This thrilling victory was a statement win for Brushton-Moira. They proved their ability to compete with the top teams in the division and solidified their position as a legitimate contender. The Panthers’ young core, led by the dynamic duo of and, is brimming with confidence and poised for a deep postseason run.
For St. Lawrence, the defeat stings, but it also offers valuable lessons. The Larries showed glimpses of their potential, but costly turnovers and missed opportunities ultimately proved their undoing. This setback serves as a wake-up call, reminding them of the work ethic and focus required to compete at the highest level.
As the East Division race heats up, one thing is certain: Brushton-Moira vs. St. Lawrence is a rivalry to watch. Their next clash promises to be another instant classic, with both teams hungry for redemption and revenge.
Stay tuned for more high school basketball updates, and be sure to catch the next episode of this captivating East Division saga!