North Warren 34Fort Edward 26CHESTERTOWN - This season's North Warren Boys Basketball team, having lost all five starters from 2008-09, has a considerable challenge in the ever-tough Adirondack League.After playing hard during the early-season stretch against the top teams in the league - like Argyle, Lake George and Corinth - they've apparently learned a lot.Friday, the squad made a statement - they're a force to contend with. With a cheering Cougar fans backing them up on their home hardwood Jan. 8, they defeated Fort Edward 34-26 in a combative defensive showdown that gave North Warren their first league win of the 2009-10 year.And this was against a hard-playing, athletic Forts squad that has a respectable 4-4 record.In the game, key Cougar players played tough. Instead of losing the ball, they forced turnovers. Instead of giving up one rebound after another, they grabbed more than their share - 14 turnovers in all - to secure the victory, Coach Jason Humiston said."Our guards - and all our players - did a nice job taking care of the ball," he said. "Our whole team played a nice defensive game.""This was a long time coming," Humiston said. "Our players were a nervous at the beginning of the season, but they played with more confidence Friday - they played a little looser, they're settling in."Junior Joe Aiken and Sophomore Kristian Seeley each scored seven points for the win, and Senior Jeff Bennett and Sophomore Benn Frasier scored six each in the balanced team effort. Frasier and Junior Travis Monroe tallied seven rebounds each for the Cougars, Humiston said."These guys did a nice job playing a big game for us on boards," he said. "Our players are starting to find their role and get the idea of what we want them to do - play tough defensive and score once in a while."Kristian Seeley, Jeff Bennett and Bryan Beckler played well at guard, Humiston said, noting that his players applied pressure on the press, which led to some easy baskets."It was a total effort," he said. "We didn't shoot the lights out, but defense was the key."Humiston said he can't wait until next season, when the team, heavy with Juniors and Sophomores, reaches new heights."Next year will be very good," he said. "We're really in a two-year deal here."Junior Travis Monroe and Junior Bryan Beckler scored four points each. Aiken and Seeley hit one three-pointer each.With the win, North Warren is 1-5 in the league and 3-6 overall. Fort Edward is 3-3 in the league.Warrensburg 48Salem Central 35WARRENSBURG - Junior John Joseph rose to the occasion Friday, working in tandem with Senior standout Brendan Frye in scoring 10 points apiece to power the Burghers to a 48-35 win over Salem.With the win, Warrensburg improves to 4-2 in the Adirondack League, staying in contention for a 2009-10 trophy. Joseph and Frye were assisted in scoring by Ryan Belden and Mike Perrone, who each tallied 6 points. Warrensburg Nick Monroe 1, Mike Curtis and Mike Perrone all had one three-pointer each. The evening was complete with a Burgher Junior Varsity win. Lake George 74Whitehall 26LAKE GEORGE - Warrior Matt McGowan led all scorers with 22 points and teammate Forward Alex Hladik, a former North Warren star, contributed 19 points in Lake George's steamrolling of Whitehall Jan. 8. Lake George's stingy defense contained the Whitehall offense. Railroader Richard Tisi led Whitehall with seven points.Assisting in the tenacious Warrior campaign - which included a 28-8 third quarter, were J.D. Jenkins with 9 points, Jeff Maldonado and Matt Stover with seven each, and Aaron Chambers with six. Lake George also won the Junior Varsity game. Bolton 37,Chazy 15CHAZY - In an aggressive defensive battle Friday between two MVAC league opponents, Bolton came out on top with a 37-15 win. Senior Dom Pfau scored 15 points in the win, and his offensive show included five three-pointers. Sophomore Mitchell Jordan showed his athleticism, tallying 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Bolton Eagles had a runaway 17-4 quarter that accounted for the tilted final tally. With the win, Bolton is 4-2 in the league and 6-4 overall.Argyle 54,Lake George 47ARGYLE - Hot shooting by unbeaten Argyle and an out-of-tune Warrior effort led to an uncharacteristic 54-47 loss for Lake George in an Adirondack League basketball game Jan. 6.The tenacious Argyle squad fought back in the second half, after trailing the first two stanzas 29-21.Matt McGowan led the Warriors with 18 points, while Alex Hladik scored 15.Hartford 40,North Warren 35CHESTERTOWN - North Warren played aggressively, fighting back with in the closing minutes of the game, but couldn't quite catch up to the Tanagers in this Jan. 6 league contest. North Warren scored 14 points in the fourth stanza in the dedicated effort. With the Hartford defense shutting down inside play, Cougar Jeff Bennett hit a record five three-pointers in his 18-point scoring campaign. Aiding him was Bryan Beckler with seven points and Kristian Seeley with four. Warrensburg 57,Whitehall 53WARRENSBURG - A trio of Burghers cooperated in a scoring show to eke out a win Jan. 6 over an energized Whitehall. Leading by one point at the half, Warrensburg fought tough and prompted a heavy dose of adrenaline to fuel the home crowd.Senior Brendan Frye led the Burghers offensive show with 21 points, and Junior Ryan Belden contributed 14. Junior Mike Curtis put in a solid game with 11.Whitehall played one of their finest games of the season, sinking three 3-point goals in the third - but the Burghers prevailed. An element of their victory was shutting down Whitehall's inside game.Railroader Richard Tisi led all players with 22 points which included six three-pointers.Bolton 51,Whitehall 41ELIZABETHTOWN - Dom Pfau scored a game-high 19 points and Mitchell Jordan added 15, to propel Bolton to a solid win Jan. 6. His offensive show - no surprise here - included three three-pointers. With the win, Bolton improved to 3-2 in the MVAC league.The Eagles Junior Varsity win was also appreciated by Bolton fans.