Canajoharie rolls past Northville, 62-39

Northville's T.J. Wadsworth (10) shoots over Canajoharie's Andrew Ferguson during Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

NORTHVILLE — Having won just three games all of last season, the Canajoharie boys basketball team is just one win from matching that total after two games this season.

“We’re off to a good start this year. The kids have been working hard,” Canajoharie coach Rob Fairley said.

The Cougars opened their Western Athletic Conference schedule with a 62-39 victory at Northville on Wednesday to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Canajoharie earned the win by dominating on the glass, easily outrebounding the Falcons.

“We knew coming in that we had to work hard and box out to win the battle on the boards,” Northville coach John Karbowski III said. “We had to rebound tonight and we didn’t.”

Canajoharie's Luke VanSlyke, left, shoots over Northville's Wyatt Sira (33) during Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

The Falcons got off to a solid start, taking a 12-9 lead after one quarter.

However, Canajoharie outscored Northville 17-8 in the second quarter to take a 26-20 lead into the half.

Max Prime scored the final eight points of the half for the Cougars.

Canajoharie extended its advantage in the third quarter, outscoring Northville 15-11 in the frame.

The Cougars got back-to-back 3-pointers from Joe Nare and Marcus Johnson as part of a 10-4 surge to open the third quarter, pushing their lead to 36-24.

Canajoharie's Joe Nare (2) drives to the basket as Northville's Wyatt Sira (33) defends during Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

After a timeout by Northville, the Falcons got a 3-point from Nate Reidell to make it 36-27 before heading to the fourth quarter trailing 41-31.

Canajoharie broke the game open early in the fourth quarter, using a 13-0 run to open the frame.

“The goal is to try to put four quarters together,” Fairley said. “I think it came together for us in the fourth quarter.”

Derek Hyney scored six points in the run for the Cougars, who pushed their lead to 54-31 with 4:08 to play.

Northville got no closer than 21 points the rest of the way as Canajoharie cruised to the win despite missing several close-range putback opportunities.

Northville's Wyatt Sira (33) shoots over Canajoharie's Max Prime, left and Joe Nare (2) during Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“We missed a lot of easy shots in close tonight, but they came after we attacked the boards and got an offensive rebound,” Fairley said. “We worked hard and I’ll take that kind of hustle any time.”

Prime led Canajoharie with 17 points, while Nare finished with 13 points. Hyney added nine points for the Cougars.

T.J. Wadsworth led Northville with 17 points, while Reidell added 12 points.

Canajoharie (2-0 overall, 1-0 WAC) is slated to travel to Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.

“We’re almost to three wins already,” Fairley said. “We went 3-18 last year, so we can’t get complacent and we’ve got to keep working and stay focused.”

Northville's Nate Reidell (3) shoots over Canajoharie's Nick Shariff (1) during Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Northville (2-1 overall, 0-1 WAC) is scheduled to travel to Galway on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

“We’ve just got to just regroup a little bit and be ready to go Friday,” Karbowski said.

Canajoharie 62, Northville 39

Canajoharie 9 17 15 21 — 62

Northville 12 8 11 8 — 39

Canajoharie

Shariff 2-0-4, Nare 6-0-13, Hyney 4-0-9, Logan 1-0-2, Johnson 4-0-10, Van Slyke 2-1-5, Prime 8-1-17, Herget 1-0-2. Totals 28-2-62.

Northville

Sira 0-1-1, Reidell 3-3-12, Wadsworth 7-3-17, Milewski 2-0-4, Ellsworth 2-1-5. Totals 14-8-39.

3-point goals: Canajoharie 4 (Johnson 2, Hyney, Nare); Northville 3 (Reidell 3).

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