LOWVILLE — The Lowville boys basketball team made a 3-point field goal on each of its first three possessions Friday night and kept firing with pinpoint precision, finishing with the highest scoring output for any Frontier League team this season.
The Red Raiders connected on 16 3-pointers — the highest single-game total in the league this year — and cruised to a 96-37 league crossover victory over Thousand Islands.
Hudson White made a team-high six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points, and freshman Gavin Macaulay scored a team-high 19 points for Lowville (9-4 overall, 6-3 league), which claimed its fourth straight victory and has won six of its last seven games.
“It started in warmups,” said White, who got Lowville started with a pair of 3-pointers on its first two possessions. “We all felt good coming out and thought it could be a good night, and practice the last few weeks have been really good, so we all kind of had that feeling in the back of our mind.”
The quickly-maturing Red Raiders — who start two freshmen along with one sophomore, junior and senior — finished with the highest scoring output for a league team since Carthage poured in 105 during a nonleague victory over South Lewis on Jan. 13 last year.
Lowville topped its previous season high of 82 points, which was reached twice, and scored more than 80 for the fourth time this season.
“It was nice to see them pass the ball and play together, team-wise, this is probably the best we’ve shot the ball,” Lowville coach Zach Shambo said. “When that ball moves, they all kind of have the green light and they can all shoot whenever they want to. That’s the way this group has been brought up.”
Eli Wood added 12 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Red Raiders finished with a shooting percentage of .470 from beyond the arc.
“If we go against a zone, we just move it as much as possible and someone is going to be open eventually,” Wood said. “We pass it well and we don’t really have a set offense. We just move the ball around and find the open guy.”
Lowville made 10 or more 3-pointers for the third straight game and the sixth time overall this season. Five different players finished with at least two 3-pointers as Brett Tiffany and Chase Lyndaker each added a pair to go with White, Wood and Gavin Macaulay.
“It comes from a lot of shooting,” Gavin Macaulay said. “We’ve all put in time shooting in practice and on our own time and stuff, and it also comes from ball movement, stringing the ball around to get people turning their heads and you’re wide open. The big part is the passing, where it is delivered in the shooter’s hands and if it’s there, the chances are way better that they’re going to make it, so those are the things we’ve been focused on.”
Lowville maintained its standing in a highly-competitive “B” Division race and remained tied with General Brown (11-3, 6-3) with each team chasing division leader South Jefferson (9-1, 8-1).
The Red Raiders have three league games remaining against Watertown General Brown, and Sandy Creek.
The Vikings (7-6, 6-6), who received a team-high 15 points from Owen Ingerson, still lead the “C” Division by a half-game over Beaver River (7-6, 5-6) and play each of the three teams in their division — Sandy Creek, South Lewis, and the Beavers — to close out their league schedule.
“When they shoot like that, they’re going to be tough to beat,” Thousand Islands coach Scott LaLonde said. “They’re a good team and especially when they’re hitting their threes, they’re going to be tough. Hopefully we can rebound from this. We still have the rest of the season to play.”