LAKE GEORGE - Warrensburg boys basketball fans had their dreams nearly fulfilled during a showdown in the Warrior gym Jan. 20.
For a lengthy time in the second half, the Burghers were out-shooting and out-defending Lake George.
Not in recent history had the fans seen a game like this, where Warrensburg held a solid lead against Lake George, a perennial powerhouse.
Behind by as much as 10 points early on in the second quarter, Warrensburg fought back.
Both teams put forth aggressive defense inside, prompting an offensive spectacle of three-point shots involving both teams. But Warrensburg's Mike Curtis stole the show with a barrage of long-distance buckets that tied the game, then put Warrensburg ahead.
The climactic shot from Curtis was his fadeaway throw from the sidelines over the arms of a Warrior defender who had decided Curtis needed extra pressure. Falling into the stands as his shot stripped the net, fans cushioned Curtis' plunge.
Midway in the fourth quarter, Lake George caught up, despite losing athletic starter Alex Hladik.
Warrior J.D. Jenkins took a shot, but was fouled. He connected on the free throw, and the score was 54-53 - Lake George leading with two minutes on the clock.
McGowan repeated the accomplishment, and Lake George didn't look back, increasing their lead as the Burghers took risks to get ball possession as the clock ticked down.
Foul shots were the determining factor in the game which ended up 64-56 in Lake George's favor.
Excluding the foul shots, Warrensburg outscored Lake George 41-32. Lake George went to the foul line 28 times, versus 20 for the Burghers. Lake George completed 15 of 18 throws from the foul line in the fourth quarter, 32 for 46 over the whole game.
Minutes after the buzzer sounded, Warrensburg's dynamic coach Rich Schloss sounded frustrated.