Cougars, Burghers tangle in showdown

Warrensburg 39,

North Warren 36

CHESTERTOWN - Warrensburg and North Warren locked horns in a back-and-forth basketball battle Jan. 13, but the Burghers pulled away in the last quarter to secure a win.

Senior Brendan Frye's elusive offensive moves resulted in 14 points to lead the Burghers in the Adirondack League victory. Junior Ryan Belden contributed 10 and Joseph added eight for Warrensburg.

The Burghers opened the game with a 10-0 lead, and the Cougars answered back with a vengeance, outscoring the Burghers nearly twofold to end out the half 18-20. The Cougar rally lasted through the third quarter, during which they outscored the Burghers 13-8, leading by five points for a while.

But the Burghers fought back in the fourth quarter in their own 11-5 rally to capture the win, despite a late three-point attempt by Cougar Junior Bryan Beckler which would have tied the game had it bounced off the rim through the net.

Beckler led the Cougars with 14 points, followed by Senior Jeff Bennett with 13, Junior Joe Aiken with five, and Sophomore Benn Frasier with four.

Aiding in the Burgher victory were Junior Mike Curtis with six points, and Senior Mike Perrone with one.

With the win, Warrensburg improved to 5-2 in the league, the same as stellar rival Lake George.

North Warren Coach Jason Humiston said he was pleased by the new skills his team members are now demonstrating.

"The players aren't scared of playing ball any more - they're out there doing a great job and having fun."

Bolton 46,

Keene 39

BOLTON LANDING - The Bolton Central Boys Varsity Basketball team continued its winning ways, utilizing savvy playmaking, versatile offense and stingy defense to defeat Keene 46-39 Jan. 13.

In a total team effort, Senior Dom Pfau scored 18 points - including three three-pointers - and Sophomore Mitchell Jordan added 17 points and pulled down 19 rebounds. Junior Matt Smith tallied six points, and Senior Matt Peterson scored three.

Bolton established a solid lead in the third quarter, and turned back a resurgence by Keene in the fourth to secure the win.

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