WARRENSBURG - The underdog Warrensburg Boys Basketball team found itself winning a David-versus-Goliath matchup Friday by defeating Fort Ann, considered one of the top teams in the Adirondack League.
The dramatic upset could be a turnaround for the hardscrabble, talented Warrensburg team which has been struggling this year to maintain its position in the middle of the league standings.
The Burghers' performance Friday against the Cardinals has given their hard-driving, outspoken coach Rich Schloss new faith for his team's prospects during the remainder of the 3008 season.
Fort Ann is no pushover - they've beaten the stellar Lake George squad, downed league-leading Corinth, and have defeated the talented Fort Edward squad 3 times this season.
Friday, Fort Ann jumped out to a substantial early lead, but Warrensburg answered back to capture a 18-15 first-half advantage. Fort Ann responded with pressure, tying the score at 32 at the third-quarter buzzer.
But Warrensburg sealed the game by containing Fort Ann with a tenacious defensive attack, Schloss said.
"The only way to beat them was man-to-man straight up," he said, noting that all his players contributed, particularly when they shifted into a transition game. "We just played really, really tough, hard-nosed defense."
Junior Mike Perrone put forth an aggressive effort on defense, and then in the fourth quarter, burst into a scoring tirade, opening up the final stanza with two back-to-back baskets after no goals the first three. Among his buckets were 3 three-pointers.
Also, the Burghers fought hard for rebounds, he said.
"Tom Holmgren just went crazy on boards, getting about 12 rebounds," he said. Holmgren is a Senior at WCS.
"I wish this intensity had started earlier, but I'm happy our team is coming around now," Schloss said.
The underclass players all did well, Schloss said, adding that Sophomore Mike Curtis is gaining experience, learning the rigors of Varsity play, protecting the ball better.