CHESTERTOWN - All boys public high school basketball teams in Northern Warren County except Bolton's were defeated in games held this past weekend.
Against Salem Saturday, the Warrensburg team should have followed their game play they used successfully during their first quarter against arch-rival Lake George three days earlier.
The Burghers leapt out to a strong lead against Lake George, but the Burghers were stone cold at the game's opening against Salem, sinking only one basket, then going scoreless for the rest of the first quarter against the Generals.
Although Warrensburg fought back with tough defense during the next period, it wasn't enough to avoid a 59-42 Adirondack League loss. Top scorers for the Burghers were Mike Curtis with 18 points and Mike Perrone with 14. With Salem's strong defense down low, Curtis took advantage outside, scoring five baskets from behind the three-point line.
The game set Warrensburg back to 3-6 in the league and 4-9 overall.
Friday, the lake George Warriors were in an unaccustomed situation: Tasting defeat.
While teams all season have seemed to employ their best game against Lake George, Fort Ann was no exception, as they downed the Warriors 51-47 with a fourth-quarter onslaught that included 14 free-throw points.
Thousand-pointer Nathaniel Miller hit a team-high 16 points, followed by renowned rebounded Jake Nelson with 12.
Lake George is now 7-2 in the Adirondack league and 11-2 overall.
Also Friday, Warrensburg lost to Argyle 59 to 49, turning around a slim one-point margin the Burghers enjoyed in the first quarter.
Burgher Mike Perrone was the top scorer in the game with 19 points - including 3 three-pointers - but Argyle's Dick Myott worked hard on both offense and defense in leading the Scotts to a win with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Despite Cougar John Remington's game-high 16 points and his team hitting five three-pointers, North Warren lost to Salem Friday 49-41. The game included balanced offensive efforts, with Aiken and Hladik tallying 8 points and Frasier adding 7 points.
Earlier in the week, however, North Warren enjoyed a substantial 61-49 win against Hadley-Luzerne.
Senior John Remington scored 26 points to lead North Warren to a league win over Hadley-Luzerne. Senior Ben Magee contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds, and sophomore Alex Hladik added 10 for the Cougars. Remington and senior Justin Frasier hit two 3-point goals, and senior Ryan Tracy hit one.
Bolton's Boys basketball team, however, won Friday, with a 47-40 victory over Minerva-Newcomb.
Senior Ben Gaddy was the top scorer in the matchup with 22 points in Bolton's win. Bolton Junior Dom Pfau added 11 points in the effort.
Bolton showed strength, leading 18 to 11 in the initial quarter, and Minerva-Newcomb fought back with a 14-10 comeback in the second, but Bolton hung tough and controlled the second half. Gaddy tallied 4 three-pointers in the game, aided by Pfau's two.
Bolton is now 3-2 in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference, and 6-3 overall.