GLENS FALLS - In a strenuous, physical battle, the Greenwich overcame an early deficit and captured the Class C Section II Boys Basketball title in a suspenseful game played Saturday, March 5 in the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The fourth-seeded Witches defeated third-seeded Lake George 57-51. First-seeded Argyle, ranked one for the Sectionals, was defeated earlier in the tourney by Cambridge, which lost at the hands of Greenwich.
The Witches' comeback effort was punctuated with well-timed 3-pointers.
They also played with ruthless defense. The victory secured Greenwich its first sectional title since 1994.
The game had a flurry of fouls, but Greenwich rotated their bench and kept out of foul trouble, while Lake George's talented athlete, Alex Hladik, spent some time on the bench due to four fouls. That advantage help allow Greenwich to recover from a 27-18 lead near the end of the first half.
With just a few minutes left in the stanza, Greenwich's Joe Estramonte drained six foul shots to tie the game, which was answered back with two points from Lake George.
Warrior offensive powerhouse Matt McGowan fought back with eight points in the third quarter rebuild a Warrior lead.
The Witches, however, doubled down their defense on McGowan, covering him from all sides, which dampened the six-foot-six center's shooting.
With their steely defense and an offensive run which included four more three-pointers, Greenwich took control, overcoming Lake George's deep offensive lineup. For a long stretch of the 2010-11 season, the Lake George Warriors were ranked No. 1 in the state. Their season, full of accomplishment and dynamic basketball, ended in a stellar 20-2 record.