LAKE GEORGE - In front of a raucous, cheering crowd of fans at Adirondack Community College, the Lake George Warriors fought a remarkable come-from behind victory Feb. 12 to win the Western Division Adirondack League title in a 53-46 game against Corinth.
Although their 2008 campaign slammed into a roadblock when they lost to Fort Ann two days later for the overall league championship, no one witnessing the victory against Corinth will forget it.
Lake George was trailing behind Corinth until a mere 1:37 was on the clock, and Matt McGowan hit a foul shot to bring the score to 47-46.
The Warrior fans, swinging invisible tomahawks, went crazy.
Jake Nelson and Matt McGowan then grabbed rebounds relentlessly, setting up shots which Nelson and high-scorer Nathaniel Miller sank several. Lightning-fast guard Robert Mastrantoni put himself in the right place at the right time, drawing a foul, and he hit both sides of a 1-1 to advance the score to the game-winning final tally.
Miller said after the game his team has a habit of getting behind early, but is routinely able to recapture the lead.
"We just knew we could get the job done," he said. "We just couldn't lose this game."
After the game, Coach Dave Jones said that Corinth's four three-pointers in the early minutes of the game set the momentum that his players had to struggle to overcome.
"Corinth came out on fire, but our seniors just willed themselves to a win," he said.