Lake George extends early-season run
Lake George 72,
WHITEHALL - Regardless of how early it may be in the 2010-11 basketball season, the word "undefeated" has a satisfying sound to it.
Fans of the Lake George boys basketball team were savoring the term early this week as the 4-0 team headed into a showdown with Corinth, also undefeated at 3-0.
The Warriors kept their unblemished season record continuing with a decisive victory over Whitehall Dec. 10.
Matt McGowan led the charge with 26 points and teammate Alex Hladik tallied 15 in the contest.
The middle two quarters were when the Warriors got into their groove, scoring 41 points to Whitehall's seven.
Contributing in the Lake George effort were Jeff Maldonado scoring three 3-pointers, Matt Stover also adding nine points, Aaron Chambers with five, Ryan Moll with four, and J.D. Jenkins and Erik Jones adding two each. Hladik and Chambers each recorded a three-pointer in the victory.
BOLTON LANDING - The Bolton Eagles boys basketball team accomplished a scoring margin rarely seen in the region - containing their opponent Elizabethtown to a mere three points in the final two quarters, and only 16 points overall in the second half of the non-league game Dec. 13.
Bolton's aggressive defenders held Elizabethtown's leading scorer, Hunter Mowery scoreless throughout the game.
But that's not all.
Bolton's offense was firing on all cylinders Monday as well, with four players scoring eight points or more. Mitchell Jordon led his team with 11 points, followed by Matthew Smith with nine; Tyler Calzada and Billy Smith with eight, Dustin French with six and Tim Flynn with two. Calzada scored two 3-pointers in the game.
WELLS - Bolton's steely defense contained Wells to a modest 20 points while their free-wheeling offense netted a solid 60 points for a decisive victory Dec. 11.
Dustin French scored 11 points in the game and Billy Smith and Mitchell Jordon each contributed 10 to lead the charge for the Eagles. Caleb Kneeshaw and Tim Flynn scored seven points each and Calzada scored six, while Nathan Breault added three, and Matt Smith, Andy Smith and Carl Ciccarelli each chipped in with two.
The Bolton Squad established their lead early, then intensified their advantage with a 19-1 third quarter. French, Kneeshaw and Flynn each scored a three-pointer.
With the win, Bolton's record advanced to 2-1 overall.
North Warren 35
HARTFORD - The Hartford Boys basketball team combined a balanced offensive attack with stingy defense to defeat North Warren Dec. 10 in the Cougars' first league game of the season.
Phil Cassella led all players with 18 points for Hartford.
Cougar senior guard/forward Bryan Beckler led the Cougars with 17 points, followed by sophomore guard Ethan Schenke with seven and eighth-grade sensation Nick Sapienza with five, and seniors Joe Aiken and Travis Monroe, and junior Benn Frasier with two apiece.
Held to the outside for much of the play, Schenke and Beckler hit two 3-pointers apiece, and Sapienza hit one.
Hartford's 21-point scoring spree in the third quarter put the game out of reach for the Cougars.
With the defeat, North Warren tallied 1-2 overall as of Dec. 13, and Hartford was 2-0 in the Adirondack League.
ARGYLE - Despite a 20-point fourth-quarter scoring surge Dec. 10, Warrensburg couldn't win back enough points late in a game against Argyle to prevent the Scots from winning by a score of 66 to 53.
Joey Lufkin of the Scots combined 21 points, five steals and five assists to lead the Scots to the victory. Josh Horton added 16 points for Argyle, which experienced a 23-point third quarter effort en route to the win.
For the Burghers, an experienced senior threesome led the charge: John Joseph scored 15 points and Mike Curtis and Ryan Belden each added 13. Senior Nick Monroe contributed six and juniors Tyler Williams, Hunter Werner and Cory Chadwell each scored two.
Curtis' baskets included three 3-pointers, while Monroe and Joseph each contributed one long shot.
With the loss, Warrensburg moved to 0-2 in the Adirondack League and 1-3 overall.
Lake George 79,
North Warren 24
LAKE LUZERNE - Lake George's balanced attack and depth of experienced players propelled them to a 79-24 blowout Dec. 7 over Hadley-Luzerne.
Warrior Matt McGowan scored 20 points and J.D. Jenkins contributed 15 in the Adirondack League boys basketball game. Aaron Chambers contributed 12 points and Alex Hladik added 10 points in the 2010-11 league opener for both teams. Jeff Maldonado tallied seven points; Matt Stover, six; Erik Jones, five; and Ryan Moll, two, in the Warriors balanced offense. All scorers are seniors except for juniors Moll and Chambers - who proved himself as a formidable outside threat by sinking no less than four 3-pointers. Jones also hit one from outside.
With the win, the Warriors remained undefeated at 3-0 overall.
CORINTH - Tough second-half defense by the Corinth boys basketball team sealed a 54-40 victory for their storied squad Dec. 7.
But it wasn't only the Corinth defense. Kevin Tucker scored 10 of his 21 points in the second half to propel his squad to the win. Phil Giordano added 14 points and nine rebounds. Alex Robarge created some crucial turnovers with his six steals.
Mike Curtis scored 15 points to lead the Burghers and Ryan Belden contributed 12. John Joseph tallied eight points, Tyler Williams scored three, and Hunter Werner accounted for two.