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Tupper Lake’s Michael Corneau looks to make a play during Monday’s game against Colton-Pierrepont.
(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

TUPPER LAKE — After dropping its third game of the season last week, the Tupper Lake boys basketball team returned to its dominant form on Tuesday with a 67-52 win over the Colton-Pierrepont Colts.

Michael Corneau scored 18 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the host Lumberjacks rallied to its ninth consecutive league victory. Tupper Lake is currently 11-3 overall, with all three of its losses coming against non-league opponents.

Corneau also chipped in with 11 rebounds, while Tom Peterson also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists. Tyler LaPlante added 15 points, including one 3-pointer.

Corneau scored most of his points from behind the 3-point line, including five 3-pointers in the final quarter. The senior drained seven shots beyond the arc.

“He’s a funny kid because he’s so laid back and doesn’t worry about the moment,” Lumberjacks head coach Brian Bennett said. “Ever since he’s been in middle school, he’s lived and died off the three ball.”

Tupper Lake’s Tom Peterson dribbles toward the basket during Monday’s game against Colton-Pierrepont.
(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

The Colts led by two points in the first half but were outscored 41-25 over the final two quarters to drop their third straight game. Colton-Pierrepont fell to 5-10 overall and 4-5 in league play.

“In the second half, we finally did what we were supposed to do,” Bennett said. “I think (the Colts) came and shocked us a little bit. We need to value every opponent because they are good enough to come out and have a good night. They played the best half of basketball I’ve ever seen them play.

“Right now, we’re undefeated in the league, and everyone is going to bring their best that they can because they want to be the team to knock us off,” he added. “So, we’ve got to be ready for that every game.”

After the rocky first half, Peterson helped Tupper Lake break out of the slump with key. The senior guard, who is nearing the Lumberjacks all-time scoring record, had 10 points in the third quarter.

“Tom is the type of player that when he’s on the floor, he makes everyone else better,” Bennett said. “He may not show it every night in the point column because he’s finding the open man and doing those things like finding Mikey wide open for the open shot, but he just makes everyone rise to the next level.”

Tupper Lake’s Wyatt Godin shields Colton-Pierrpont’s Ethan Van Brocklin during Monday’s game.
(Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)

With a 43-39 at the start of the fourth quarter, Tupper Lake used solid defensive play and hot shooting from Corneau to outscore the Colts 24-13.

“Michael Corneau shot lights out and our rebounding was 10 times better in the second half,” Bennett said. “Tyler LaPlante and Ashton Clark, their rebounding was just 10 times better.”

Clark and LaPlante combined for 11 rebounds in the win. Clark also added six points, while Wyat Godin and Garrett Pelkey contributed with two points each.

Eric Friedel led Colton-Pierrepont with 24 points. Nate Smith had 14 rebounds and eight points, and Cody Trimm had seven points.

The Lumberjacks were slated to take on the Brushton-Moira Panthers on Tuesday. Following that contest, the team will hit the road today for a matchup against the St. Lawrence Larries at 7:15 p.m.

Tupper Lake 67, Colton-Pierrepont 52

Lumberjacks 13 13 17 24 — 62

Colts 13 14 12 13 — 52

Tupper Lake (67)

Godin 1-0-2, Peterson 7-0-14, Pelkey 1-0-2, Clark 3-0-6, LaPlante 7-0-15, Corneau 9-2-27, McClain 0-0-0, O’Connor 0-0-0, Bujold 0-0-0, Roberts 0-0-0. Totals 28-2-67.

Colton-Pierrepont (52)

Peacock 0-0-0, Van Brocklin 2-0-6, Friedel 8-2-24, Co. Trimm 2-3-7, Frans 1-0-3, Bush 1-0-2, Smith 4-0-8, LaBrake 0-0-0, Ci. Trimm 0-0-0, Fisher 0-0-0, Robert 1-0-2. Totals: 19-5-52.

3-point goals: Tupper Lake (8) Corneau 7, LaPlante. Colton-Pierrepont (9) Friedel 6, Van Brocklin 2, Farns.

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