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Burghers sputtering start perplexes coach

WARRENSBURG - Warrensburg High School varsity basketball coach Rich Schloss stood in a dark classroom Monday evening putting away a video camera after showing a movie to his team of their disheartening 49-37 loss to Fort Edward Friday night.

One player lagged behind.

"Let's step it up on offense and take more opportunities,"

Schloss told the player.

"We'll get it done for you," the player replied before disappearing down the hall.

The Burghers have a team loaded with talent for 2008, but have experienced a rocky start for the season, with a 0-4 game tally.

Warrensburg started off Friday's game against Fort Edward with a commanding lead but faded in the third quarter and collapsed in the 4th.

Schloss said Monday he wasn't quite sure why, considering his team's substantial potential.

"It looks like we've been running out of legs later on - getting tired - and not finishing teams off like we should," he said. "Also, we've got to put the ball softly on the glass, and step up and take the jump shots we should be."

Schloss said Monday he wants to turn the tide on a season that's had a sputtering start.

"Analyzing the game, it looks like we missed a lot of layups," he said. "Also, we're not playing solid defense over the whole game - we should have beaten Fort Edward."

Although Warrensburg finished the first quarter leading 11-4, Fort Edward got progressively stronger while Warrensburg faded. In the fourth stanza, Adirondack League rival Fort Edward outscored the Burghers 15-4.

Fort Edward's Tyler Carpenter scored 21 points and teammate Nick Abare added 12 points. The Forts improve to 2-1 with the game.

Burgher standout junior Brendan Frye scored 11 points, junior Mike Perrone had 9 points - including 2 three-pointers- and Jordan Webster, a senior, scored 8. They were assisted by senior Tom Holmgren with four points, junior Dante Siletti with one three-point goal, and sophomore Ryan Belden with 2.

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