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Lake George trumps tradition as team advanced in Sectionals

Kryptonite, character key against Voorheesville

Against Voorheesville, Warrior senior Lucas Freihofer stepped up with three 3-pointers, demonstrating the depth of this talented team.

Miller scored 18 points and Jake Nelson provided 10 in this sectional quarterfinal game held at Saint Rose College.

In the effort, fifth-seeded Lake George and fourth seeded Voorheesville were evenly matched, trading leads to the halfway mark, 26-24 in favor of the team from suburban Albany area.

The Warriors then outscored the Blackbirds 18-7 in the third quarter to achieve the winning margin.

Lake George Athletic Director Cathy Stanilka said the players demonstrated their considerable character as they played with poise and determination in the final minutes.

With the game in the balance during the final minutes, Miller hit the front end of a 1-1 foul shot to make the game a two-possession contest, and the players then slowed the game down to preserve their lead.

"Right down to the wire, our kids played extremely smart," Stanilka said Monday. "We're ecstatic, and very, very proud of our players."

Nelson, measuring 5'11" but blessed with incredible vertical velocity, pushed his game to new heights, matching up well with his 6'6" opponent, Voorheesville scoring sensation Ethan Mackey.

Nelson and guard Robert Mastrantoni, who both jump like they have Kryptonite in their sneakers, were in classic form for the Voorheesville game.

"Jake has great hang time and incredible instincts," Stanilka said. "But all our kids played well, and coach Dave Jones did a heck of a job - he really knows the game."

Stanilka said strategy and execution made the difference.

"Dave's a guiding force - the kids responded - and it made all the difference in the last four minutes."

Contributing to the final tally was Mastrantoni with 7 points and Matt McGowan with 6.

Logan Place also played quality minutes for the team.

The Warriors then competed in the Sectional semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center Monday, losing 80-56 to No. 1-seeded Maple Hill, carried by the powerful offense attack of Senior Trent Tibbits who scored 21 points. Last year, Maple Hill was runner up in Section II, and Tuesday, they were highly favored to win the 2009 title.

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