Charlie Hutting of ELCS tries to get past the defensive pressure of Willsboro's Nick Ball.
The Willsboro Warriors varsity boys basketball team scored a 44-31 victory against the host Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions in the MVAC league opener for both schools Dec. 7.
The game was played at a physical level, complete with numerous jump balls, three technical fouls and highly contested loose balls.
The Warriors jumped out to a 10-5 lead, not looking back and capitalizing on free throw chances while the Lions were unable to convert, hitting only 10 in 28 chances.
Brandon Bertrand led the Warriors with 15 points and 12 rebounds, leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a nose injury. Nick Ball added nine points, four steals and eight rebounds, while Clay Sherman had six points, two assists and three steals, Brandon Porter scored five points to go with a pair of assists, Clayton Cross had three points and five rebounds, Dakota Sayward had three points and four rebounds, while Cody Sayward scored three points to go with six rebounds.
For the Lions, Hunter Mowery scored 11 points and added six rebounds, five assists and eight steals. Andrew Mitchell had seven points and 10 rebounds while Charlie Huttig had seven points and four steals.
Zack Pelletier scored six points, but led all players by grabbing 20 rebounds, 14 on the offensive end. Tim LaRock added eight rebounds and Tyler White pulled down five. Overall, the Lions out-rebounded the Warriors 52-39, but were unable to convert on second and third chances.
In Chazy, Brandon Laurin scored 13 points and Craig Botten scored 11 as the Chazy Eagles scored a 49-29 win over the Westport Eagles.
Nathan Guay added eight points, while Cody Toohill scored seven and Alec Lapierre scored six. Matt Stalker and Tanner Chauvin each scored two points.
Ryan Davis led Westport with 12 points, as Dominic Banish scored eight, Ethan Markwica four, Gabe Schrauff three and Alex Steele two.
The Lake Placid Blue Bombers dropped their first MVAC contest of the season against the Schroon Lake Wildcats, 48-36.
Logan Stephenson led the Bombers with 14 points, with Jacob Daniels scoring 10 points, Lucas McLean five and Evan Bickford three. J.P. Morrison and Cody Porter each scored two points.
In wrestling, the Peru Indians forced seven pins in beating the Beekmantown Eagles, 60-21.
Ethan Feazelle, Brandon Goddeau, Kyler Agoney, Max Marte, Nick Forget, Noah Phillips and Troy Seymour each scored pins against the Eagles, while Jordan Bushey scored a 5-3 decision and Josh Wright scored a 7-5 decision.
For the Eagles, Brandon Defayette and Hayden Head each recorded pins, while Sylan Peryea scored a 2-0 decision win.
The CVAC bowling season started Dec. 7 in dramatic fashion as Saranac’s Taylor Chapple rolled games of 218 and 268 before putting up 12 consecutive X’s on the scorecard in posting a perfect game as the Chiefs boys defeated the Plattsburgh High Hornets.
Josh Sheffer’s 675 series was tops for the Hornets, who scored a win in the girls match as Allison Beebie rolled a 480 series. Jade Laker had a 422 series for the Chiefs.
The Northeastern Clinton boys and girls bowling teams scored wins of 7-3 and 4-0 over the Willsboro Warriors, with Joey Robert rolling a 576 series for the Cougar boys and Janelle Menard hit for a 429 series.
The Warriors were led by Tyler Bridge’s 605 series and Alyson Arnold’s 481.
The Peru Indians dropped a 7-3 boys match and 3-1 girls contest against the Ticonderoga Sentinels, with Jonathan Bowman rolling a 644 series for the boys and Brittany Bushey rolling a 460 for the girls.