SCHROON LAKE - The Willsboro boys varsity basketball team came out hot against Schroon Lake Jan. 5, holding a 17-11 lead midway through the second quarter.
Then, the wheels came off.
The Wildcats scored 37 of the next 45 points, as Schroon Lake scored a 60-46 win.
"We let up on our defensive intensity," coach Jim Spring said. "I think we got a little confident and relaxed. Then, when the shots were not falling, we started to panic and rushed things."
The Wildcats finished the second quarter on a 13-2 run and then jumped out on a 16-2 run to start the third.
"I think that the kids were anxious coming into the first game in the new gym and going up against a good team in Willsboro," coach Dana Shaughnessy said. "Willsboro got out to a lead, but we got our composure back and started to play like ourselves."
The Warriors outscored the Wildcats 21-12 in the final quarter, but they were 5-for-16 from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes.
"It wasn't just the free throws, though," Spring said about the poor shooting performance. "We missed lay-ups, too. This is the third game in a row that we have had a bad shooting night."
Ian Williams led a balanced attack with 16 points, while Jesse Shaughnessy scored 14 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists and seven steals, Anthony Vanderwalker scored 13 points to go with 12 rebounds and Uriah Harvey scored seven points.
Alex Hamel paced the Warriors with 19 points and seven rebounds, with Clay Sherman adding 10 points and three blocked shots. Brandon Bertrand pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.
Chazy 43, ELCS 32
Trailing at halftime, the Eagles used a 29-16 second half to score a victory over the Lions Jan. 4.