KEENE VALLEY - A slow start proved costly for Keene as they fell to the Warriors 55-43 in MVAC boys basketball Jan. 15.
Willsboro's backcourt trap stifled the Beavers in the first quarter, allowing the Warriors to go on a 14-5 run to start the game.
"It was very effective the first part of the game," said Willsboro head coach Jim Spring. "Keene made some adjustments and we had to make some adjustments in response."
Good rebounding allowed Keene to keep the margin around 10 for much of the game as the Beavers began to find some seams, getting ahead of the defense for some easy layups in transition.
Dylan Boyle bucketed 13 points for Keene and James Bell added 12.
Willsboro's attack proved too much for Keene's defense, however. Lucas Strong hit three 3-pointers on the way to scoring 19 points for the Warriors. Clay Sherman and Alex Hamel each added 11 with several drives to the lane.
"Overall, it's probably the best game we've played as a team," said Spring, noting Alex Shepard's 10 rebounds and Patrick Wells' strong effort off the bench.