Fort Edward 46, OT
WARRENSBURG - The Warrrensburg boys basketball team relied on aggressive rebounding, scrappy defense and creative, showy shots to establish a lead early on in a game Monday against the talented Fort Edward team - a lead that appeared to be beyond reach.
But Fort Edward bounced back with ferocity in the fourth-quarter and closed a 10-point gap and tying the score with less than 8 seconds to play, sending the game into overtime.
Warrensburg, however, showed their fans their character they've recently been displaying, in overtime.
Poise and composure made the difference.
They shot 10 for 10 in foul shots in the extra stanza to secure the 54-46 win.
Mike Curtis put on an offensive show during the game with deep three-pointers, lightning quick no-look sideways passes and a shot at the third-quarter buzzer from behind the backboard and near the southern eastern sideline. Curtis led with 17 points - including three 3-pointers - followed by John Joseph with 12 points.
Joseph was conducting his own shooting clinic during the game, with his floating jumpshots under the basket, several of which were underhanded far-side layups over his opponents heads and arms. Ryan Belden was a key element in the game with his long arms grabbing rebounds and putting up 11 points. Assisting them were Nick Monroe with 7 points, Tyler Williams with four and Corey Chadwell with three.
Mike Taft led Fort Edward, which had nearly defeated league-leading Lake George last week, with a game-high 19 points.With the loss, Fort Edward drops to 3-8 in the league and 4-9 overall. Warrensburg improves to 5-6 and 6-8 respectively.m The Burgher Junior Varsity squad also won their matchup.
North Warren 49
CHESTERTOWN -- Defying North Warren's efficient defense, Railroader James Tisi scored five 3-pointers in Whitehall's defeat Monday of North Warren. Tisi finished with a game-high 24 points in the contest.
North Warren Junior Benn Frasier finished 15 points and 11 rebounds and Senior Travis Monroe scored 14 in the loss. Ethan Schenke contributed seven, Nick Sapienza added six, Joe Aiken tallied four, and Karl Brugger chipped in three.
Lake George 74,
LAKE GEORGE - Lake George wasted no time as they racked up a 25-4 first-quarter lead over Hadley-Luzerne and continued their scoring onslaught Jan. 28 to secure the one-sided Adirondack League win.
The easy victory put the Warriors in first place in the league and gave head coach Dave Jones his 200th career win.
Matt McGowan put up a double-double with 23 points and ten rebounds to lead the Warriors. Alex Hladik finished with 16 points and Matt Stover scored 12.
Aaron Chambers put up nine points, including one three- pointer for the win. Jeff Maldonado had eight and both Pete Fisher and J.D. Jenkins had three, including one three-pointer for Fisher.
Leading the visiting Eagles were Josh Densmore who scored 16 points and Devin Waite who tallied 11.
North Warren 21
CHESTERTOWN - Mitchell Jordon led an 18-point second quarter and scored a game-high 12 points to propel Bolton to victory Jan. 28 over North Warren in non-league play.
Bolton's Billy Smith scored eight points, Caleb Kneeshaw tallied seven, Dustin French had five, Evan Malone contributed four and Andy Smith had two in the win. Kneeshaw and French each had one three-pointer.
Ethan Schenke led North Warren with nine points and two three-pointers. Travis Monroe chipped in with seven, Benn Frasier had three and Joe Aiken had two in the loss.