Revenge is sweet for squad
Fort Ann 49
FORT ANN -- What a difference three weeks and some strategy adjustments can mean in high school basketball.
With tweaked game play and a steely will, the Warrensburg boys basketball team defeated Fort Ann in a hot-shooting rematch Saturday on the same court they lost by a crushing 17 points three weeks earlier.
The Adirondack League crossover game demonstrated clearly to Warrensburg players and fans what their team is capable of, as no less than four Burgher players tallied double figures. The win provided a dose of confidence for the team as it headed into Sectional play this week.
Coach Rich Schloss said he changed the team's offensive patterns to loosen up the game and create shooting opportunities for more of his players.
"Our new motion offense allows our players to get more looks, giving everybody some good shots rather than a few key players," he said.
Mike Perrone scored 16 points to lead Warrensburg. Ryan Belden and Brendan Frye each scored 12, while Hunter Werner added 10 for the Burghers. The prior game against Fort Ann, this quartet shot only 14 points combined against the Cardinals.
Also key to the win was a tweaked Burgher man-to-man defense, which contained the Cardinals' shooting opportunities, Schloss said.
"What won the game is we worked on boxing out and the kids played hard defensively, shutting them down pretty good," he said.
Schloss added that the win was also a matter of attitude.
"We went in knowing they beat us, and to not underestimate them," he said.
With seven minutes left in the game, the Cardinals were down 17 points, then with three and a half minutes to go, they narrowed the gap to four points after Warrensburg substituted freely, but Warrensburg put their starters back in to boost their margin to nine points and secure the win.