The 2013-14 Lake George Varsity Boys Basketball team includes: (front, left to right): Jeff Naftaly, Tyler Brown, Andrew Zibro, Matt Bureau, Duncan Mularz, (rear): Dylan Smith, Colby Cracco, Gabe Sallstrom, Andrew McGowan, Joel Wincowski and Kyle Jones.
The Lake George Warriors boys basketball team’s state championship season last year is a tough act to follow.
Nevertheless, there’s no doubt the Warriors are hungry for championship titles again again this year — as their 10-1 record shows.
“We’re playing well,” Lake George High School Athletic Director Mark Bleibtrey said of this follow-up season.
Leading the team again this year is junior point guard Joel Wincowski, averaging nearly 30 points per game.
“It takes a team to achieve great things, it starts with Joel as he makes everyone around him better,” Bleibtrey said.
After losing seven players to graduation last year it looks like the team is again exhibiting the chemistry it takes to succeed in the competitive Adirondack League.
Developing such symbiotic teamwork in such a short time with a group of young men is no easy task. Low enrollment at the school coupled with such a variety of other factors present obstacles in developing competitive rosters in Adirondack-area schools.
Boys Basketball Coach Dave Jones said their goals go further than the merely more than defeating their opponents.
“We’re together almost every day for a three to four month period — and I hope the kids can take something away from this experience beyond winning,” Jones said.
One of the keys to the Warriors' success is their defensive intensity which lends itself to the fast-paced tempo they thrive in.
They’d much rather get a turnover or defensive rebound and fast break with than play five on five, Jones said as he assessed the team’s approach
“As cliché as it sounds, we’re taking one game at a time," Jones said. "That’s just how we do things.”