Lake George 69,
LAKE GEORGE - Routinely in the shadow of his teammate Matt McGowan, lanky 6'4" guard Alex Hladik led all scorers for 29 points as Lake George defeated Hadley-Luzerne 69-43 in an Adirondack League boys basketball game Dec. 23.
Hladik lent his prowess last year to league competitor North Warren after moving northward, but he's back this year, and judging from his pre-Christmas performance on court, he's back in a big way.
Hladik put on an offensive show, whether it was floating towards the basket for layups, taking well-timed jump shots or hitting four three-point buckets under pressure from the Eagle defense. McGowan was benched after committing a few fouls and a technical on a questionable one, which led to him being benched. McGowan, nonetheless, scored six points in the effort. Matt Stover contributed nine points and six rebounds.
Hadley-Luzerne, traditionally a top contender in the Adirondack League, put up a formidable effort -- particularly in the third quarter when they held the Warriors to 8 points, but they couldn't overcome Lake George's substantial height and well-executed plays.
Also contributing to the Warrior effort were Jeff Maldenado with seven points, Kyle Burden and Aaron Chambers with five apiece, J.D. Jenkins with four and Cameron Dorman and Chris Kosz with two each. Devin Waite led the Eagles with 11 points, including 3 three-point buckets, and 10 rebounds.
Dec. 23, he Warriors remained unbeaten in Adirondack League play. Lake George's Junior Varsity also won their game.
CORINTH - The Corinth Boys Basketball team managed to contain Warrensburg's three top scorers as the Tomohawks cruised to a 50-22 victory Dec. 23 on their home court. The Burghers were in contention but were buried in the second half as Corinth combined hot shooting, aggressive rebounding and an efficient defense to dominate 34-13. Tomahawk's Eric Hernandez scored 18 points -- including three three-pointers -- and 14 rebounds. A standout in Corinth's defensive effort was Ron Bovee with eight rebounds and five steals.
While Corinth players concentrated on shutting down Brendan Frye and Mike Perrone, both held to a mere five points, the Burgher effort was led by Mike Curtis with 7 points -- including one three-pointer -- aided by John Joseph and Dante Siletti with two each and Hunter Werner with one.
As of this game, Corinth was 4-0 in the Adirondack League, and Warrensburg was 2-2.
North Warren 34
CHESTERTOWN - Dominic Pfau presented a stellar shooting show Dec. 23, with five three-pointers and a tally of 24 points to beat North Warren 48-34. Bolton put the game away in the third quarter, when they outscored the Cougars 17-3.
Aiding in Bolton's offense were Jordan with seven points, Matt Smith with 6, Tyler Calzada with 5, and Bill Smith, Caleb Kneeshaw and Matt Peterson with 2 apiece.
North Warren's balanced effort was led by Bryan Beckler with 10 points, followed by Joe Aiken with nine, Jeff Bennett with seven, Monroe with five, Benn Frasier with two and Kristian Seeley with one. Aiken and Beckler shot one three-pointer apiece in the game.