North Warren 38
CHESTERTOWN - The North Warren basketball team showcased their athletic talent Jan. 22 by dominating Adirondack League powerhouse Corinth for all but the final minute of play.
But the improbable dream - within reach for the Cougars for about an hour Friday night - of beating the 9-1 team fielded by a larger school was dashed with two clutch shots. Tomahawk standout Ron Bovee hit two consecutive three-pointers while his teammates held off North Warren for the dramatic finish to the game.
While Cougar defenders were smothering the offensive stars Hernandez and Tucker, dark-horse player Bovee, who hadn't accomplished much offensively all night, hit his first of the two with about 40 seconds left, then followed up with the second with 10 seconds remaining, Cougar Coach Jason Humiston said.
"We put up a tough defense, we got our rebounds and our breaks, but we just lost track of Bovee," Humiston said. "We had them on the ropes, but we just couldn't finish them off."
North Warren maintained a solid lead throughout the game. Corinth led just once by one point in the third before the Cougars shut them down again.
The Cougars, a young team this season, have improved substantially during the season. The last time these two teams met, the Cougars lost 60-23.
"Our kids played really well - We should have won it," Humiston said. "Our kids got nervous, and we made a few mistakes at the end."
North Warren's Jeff Bennett scored 18 points - including a trio of three-pointers - and Bryan Beckler tallied 12 points, assisted by Joe Aiken with four points and Kristian Seeley and Travis Monroe with two each.
LAKE LUZERNE - John Joseph scored 16 points and Mike Perrone added 12 to lead Warrensburg past Hadley-Luzerne Jan. 22.