North Warren 38
CHESTERTOWN - The North Warren basketball team showcased their athletic talent Jan. 22 by dominating Adirondack League powerhouse Corinth for all but the final minute of play.
But the improbable dream - within reach for the Cougars for about an hour Friday night - of beating the 9-1 team fielded by a larger school was dashed with two clutch shots. Tomahawk standout Ron Bovee hit two consecutive three-pointers while his teammates held off North Warren for the dramatic finish to the game.
While Cougar defenders were smothering the offensive stars Hernandez and Tucker, dark-horse player Bovee, who hadn't accomplished much offensively all night, hit his first of the two with about 40 seconds left, then followed up with the second with 10 seconds remaining, Cougar Coach Jason Humiston said.
"We put up a tough defense, we got our rebounds and our breaks, but we just lost track of Bovee," Humiston said. "We had them on the ropes, but we just couldn't finish them off."
North Warren maintained a solid lead throughout the game. Corinth led just once by one point in the third before the Cougars shut them down again.
The Cougars, a young team this season, have improved substantially during the season. The last time these two teams met, the Cougars lost 60-23.
"Our kids played really well - We should have won it," Humiston said. "Our kids got nervous, and we made a few mistakes at the end."
North Warren's Jeff Bennett scored 18 points - including a trio of three-pointers - and Bryan Beckler tallied 12 points, assisted by Joe Aiken with four points and Kristian Seeley and Travis Monroe with two each.
LAKE LUZERNE - John Joseph scored 16 points and Mike Perrone added 12 to lead Warrensburg past Hadley-Luzerne Jan. 22.
Warrensburg outscored the host Eagles 21-7 in the second quarter and the Burghers never looked back.
Frye chipped in with nine points, Mike Curtis added seven, followed by Ryan Belden with six, and Nichols with a three-pointer.
Jordan Jensen led Hadley-Luzerne with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
With the win, the Burghers move to 8-5 overall and 6-4 in the league.
Lake George 47,
LAKE GEORGE - Following up on their recent victories, the Lake George Boys Basketball team overpowered Mechanicville in a 47-30 non-league victory.
Matt McGowan led his team with 22 points and 11 rebounds. J.D. Jenkins added seven rebounds, five points and six steals. Matt Stover tallied nine points, and Jeff Maldonado and Alex Hladik both contributed five points. Aaron Chambers and Chris Kosz chipped in one each. Jeff Maldonado hit a three-pointer.
The game boosts Lake George's record to 9-3.
Bolton Central 42,
JOHNSBURG - The Bolton Boys Basketball Team combined sharp playmaking and a solid defense to defeat Johnsburg 42-26 in a Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference game held Jan. 21. Johnsburg began the game with considerable energy, leading Bolton 15-7 in the first quarter. But Bolton answered back with their own dominant 11-3 quarter. For the rest of the game, Bolton widened the lead.
Dom Pfau was high scorer with 12 points for Bolton, followed by Bill Smith with 11 and Mitchell Jordan with eight. Matt Peterson and Tyler Calzada added four each. Matt Smith contributed three.
North Warren 39
LAKE LUZERNE - Hadley-Luzerne's inspired play in the first and third quarters powered them to a 46-39 win Jan. 20 over the North Warren Cougars, who had an off-night.
North Warren standout Joe Aiken turned his ankle early on, and he spent much of his time hobbling around the court, which hampered both the Cougars offense and defense - considering their squad was a shallow five players.
Hadley-Luzerne put forth a balanced effort, with Jordan Jensen scoring 13 points, Josh Densmore with 12, and Devin Waite with 11.
For North Warren, Benn Frasier scored nine points, Bryan Beckler and Travis Monroe contributed eight each and Jeff Bennett and Joe Aiken added six apiece. Kristian Seeley chipped in two.
The Eagles shot five three-pointers in the effort. For North Warren, Aiken hit two treys and Bennett connected for one.
Indian Lake-Long Lake 39
BOLTON LANDING - The undefeated Indian Lake-Long Lake boys basketball squad beat the Bolton Central Jan. 19 despite a furious third-quarter comeback effort by the Eagles.
The Orange led by 12 at halftime, and a scoring onslaught by the Eagles in the third quarter brought the game back to a a competitive 29-26 contest. But the Lakes players held onto their lead to put the game away.
Kris Bain put up 18 points to lead the Orange, followed by teammate Zack Mitchell with 12.
Dom Pfau's 18 points led Bolton, aided by Mitchell Jordan with five, Tyler Calzada and Matt Smith with four each, Matt Peterson with a three-pointer, and Bill Smith with two. Pfau hit three treys in his effort.