Lake George 40,
Fort Edward 36
LAKE GEORGE - In a suspenseful, hard-fought effort, the Lake George Warriors Varsity Boys Basketball team won a comeback 40-36 victory, defeating Fort Edward Jan. 29 in overtime.
Despite frustrating, low-scoring defensive game play with a large number of missed shots, the Warriors were able to secure the win and preserve the No. 2 spot in the Adirondack League's Western Division.
"It was a total team effort," Warrior coach Dave Jones said. His team is runner-up at this point to division-leading Corinth. "It was one of those games where we didn't play our best, but we were able to find a win."
Fort Edward played aggressively against the Warriors, leading them until Senior Forward Matt McGowan hit a shot with about 3:20 left in the game.
Fort Edward had opportunities to win in regulation, and they would have won had it not been for some critical defensive work by McGowan, Jones said.
"Down the stretch Matt had a few key blocks," he said."Our defense was a critical factor in the win."
In overtime, Lake George players redoubled their efforts.
McGowan and Alex Hladik hit a basket apiece - although the Forts struck back to keep the game within two points - and J.D. Jenkins hit a shot to give Lake George a 36-33 lead with 1:13 left. Erik Jones added two foul shots to give the Warriors the secure margin they needed.
With the win, the Warriors boosted their record to 8-2 in the league, 10-3 overall.
Jeff Maldonado led Lake George with 10 points. Hladik and McGowan scored eight apiece, Matt Stover scored six, Chambers added four, Jones and Jenkins contributed two each. Aaron Chambers and Hladik scored one three-pointer each.
Fort Edward's Nick Abare finished with a game-high 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Jones declined to speculate about his team's rematch Wednesday Feb. 10 against Corinth. Last meetup, the Warriors lost in double-overtime.
"We're not going to jump ahead," he said, noting his team was slated to play North Warren Wednesday, and will be taking on Luzerne Friday. "We're concerned about this week."
If Warriors win the Corinth matchup, it would force a Western Division playoff game.
Jones said his team is gaining experience on how to pull a win out of grueling, difficult games like Friday's against the Forts.
"We are moving forward, learning to perform better in tough situations," he said. "All this experience is valuable."
North Warren 37
WHITEHALL - Winding down their basketball season, Whitehall hotshots Chris Theirren and Richard Tisi combined for 34 points and a slew of rebounds, leading their team in a 49-37 Adirondack League win Jan. 29 over North Warren. Tisi's baskets included four three-pointers.
Joe Aiken led the Cougars with 15 points, Jeff Bennett scored 11, Benn Frasier added six, Travis Monroe contributed four, Bryan Beckler added three, and Kristian Seeley chipped in two. Aiken hit a three-pointer in the effort.
With the loss, North Warren drops to 4-10 overall.
Fort Ann 62,
FORT ANN - The Fort Ann Boys Basketball team utilized a balanced offense and a stonewall defense Jan. 29 to defeat Warrensburg 62-45 on the Cardinals home court.
Sharp shooting Fort Ann teammates Joe Foran scored 12 points and Jim Shevy scored 11 points.
The Cardinal's defense was able to contain Burgher high-scorer Brendan Frye, who has scored as many as 33 points in a single game this year, to a mere 9 points.
Mike Curtis led Warrensburg with 11 points, followed by Bryan Belden and Frye with nine each, John Joseph with eight, Mike Perrone with four, followed by Ben Nicols and Hunter Werner with two each. Curtis hit one three-pointer in the effort.
With the loss, Warrensburg moved to 6-5 in the league - the same season record as Fort Ann - and 8-6 overall.
WELLS - The Bolton Eagles proved the depth and power of their offense Jan. 25 as they overpowered Wells 61-29. Tyler Calzada and Matt Peterson each scored 13 points in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference matchup. Peterson's buckets included three treys.
Dom Pfau, typically a top scorer, took a secondary offensive role in the matchup. He contributed nine points for the victory. Known to score four or more three-pointers in a game, he hit one Friday night. Also scoring for the Eagles were Caleb Kneeshaw with six points, Todd Markham, Bill Smith, Matthew Smith and Mitchell Jordan with four points apiece, followed by Andy Smith and Freshman Dustin French with two each.
Shane Raymond scored a game-high 14 points for Wells.
With the win, Bolton stepped up to 7-3 in the conference, 10-5 overall.