Schroon Lake 40
SCHROON LAKE - Bolton Coach Dave Montero was under a lot of stress Jan. 15 when he heard that his stellar, versatile Sophomore player Mitchell Jordan was sick at home with the flu and his team was facing a game against the athletic Schroon Lake squad on their cramped court.
Mitchell represented some big shoes to fill, considering that two days earlier he scored 17 points and grabbed 19 rebounds against Keene.
Montero decided to move Senior Matt Peterson down low and draft Junior Tyler Calzada from the bench.
The game plan worked.
Regardless of the challenges that forced a shift in their game play, Calzada and other Bolton players surpassed expectations, and the squad defeated Schroon Lake 45-40, Coach Dave Montero said Monday.
"The kids are focused - they're working hard, that's all you can ask," he said. "it was tough shooting in Schroon Lake's 'little box' - there was no room to shoot from the side, but our players got the job done."
A strong hot-shooting start out of the gate established a winning margin for Bolton against Schroon Lake. Bolton's 16-11 first-quarter lead provided Bolton with the momentum they needed for the victory. Both teams' defenses were effective, reining in the goal tally.
Schroon Lake's flypaper 3-2 zone defense presented a challenge for the Eagles.
But regardless of the tight defense, Senior Dom Pfau lived up to his reputation, successfully firing off a volley of shots, tallying 20 points to lead Bolton to the win. Eagle Freshman teammate Bill Smith had a solid game, contributing 13 points. Junior Matt Smith, Calzada and Peterson added four each in the Eagles' balanced game-play.
For the neighboring Schroon Lake Wildcats, Brennan Bush tallied 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead Schroon Lake. Jesse Shaughnessy added 13 points in the solid effort by the Wildcats, which included three three-pointers. Bolton scored four from afar - three by Pfau and one by Bill Smith.
Montero said he was proud of his team's defense, which has kept their opponents scoring at a minimum recently.
With this key win, Bolton's record improved to 8-4.
Schroon Lake won the Junior Varsity matchup.