Lake George 40,
Fort Edward 36
LAKE GEORGE - In a suspenseful, hard-fought effort, the Lake George Warriors Varsity Boys Basketball team won a comeback 40-36 victory, defeating Fort Edward Jan. 29 in overtime.
Despite frustrating, low-scoring defensive game play with a large number of missed shots, the Warriors were able to secure the win and preserve the No. 2 spot in the Adirondack League's Western Division.
"It was a total team effort," Warrior coach Dave Jones said. His team is runner-up at this point to division-leading Corinth. "It was one of those games where we didn't play our best, but we were able to find a win."
Fort Edward played aggressively against the Warriors, leading them until Senior Forward Matt McGowan hit a shot with about 3:20 left in the game.
Fort Edward had opportunities to win in regulation, and they would have won had it not been for some critical defensive work by McGowan, Jones said.
"Down the stretch Matt had a few key blocks," he said."Our defense was a critical factor in the win."
In overtime, Lake George players redoubled their efforts.
McGowan and Alex Hladik hit a basket apiece - although the Forts struck back to keep the game within two points - and J.D. Jenkins hit a shot to give Lake George a 36-33 lead with 1:13 left. Erik Jones added two foul shots to give the Warriors the secure margin they needed.
With the win, the Warriors boosted their record to 8-2 in the league, 10-3 overall.
Jeff Maldonado led Lake George with 10 points. Hladik and McGowan scored eight apiece, Matt Stover scored six, Chambers added four, Jones and Jenkins contributed two each. Aaron Chambers and Hladik scored one three-pointer each.
Fort Edward's Nick Abare finished with a game-high 13 points and 10 rebounds.