Sunday, January 26, 2014

1/24: Lake George 69, Argyle 63 (OT)

Will Springstead of the Glens Falls Post-Star wrote best when he noted that the Lake George vs. Argyle game lived up to its billing.

We'd have to agree.

The Adirondack League match between these two rivals wasn't filled with chippy hard fouls.  It was filled with what you'd want to see in a basketball game - a swaying ship filled with emotion, drama and tension as you didn't know who was going to come out in front at the very end.

Lake George started out in front, but then the Argyle Scots were able to bounce back.  After going to the halftime break up 6, the Scots continued to build on that lead, getting up to a 11 point gap before the Warriors started their comeback.

Joel Wincowski was a key contributor in the Lake George comeback, scoring a majority of his 48 total points in the 4th Quarter and Overtime combined.  And rather than try to paint a picture via words about how the final minute played out, let's show you how it was.

The final minutes of regulation was as exciting as the commentary and the crowd made it out to be.

The hero who forced overtime, Brock Liddle, was fouled out three seconds into overtime after Joel Wincowski drove the lane and took contact by Liddle.  Liddle then joined fellow starter, Del Pryce, on the bench.

With two of their starters now sitting on the pine for the rest of the game, the Warriors used their strength and size to make things uncomfortable for the Scots inside the arch, and built as much as an eight point lead on their way to the 69-63 win.  One notable matchup that the Warriors used late in the game was putting Wincowski on Kobe Lufkin, and it seemed to work as Wincowski was able to keep Lufkin from scoring, and contributed to several of the Scots turnovers.

Wincowski finished with 48 points, which is a season-high for the Junior.  Tyler Brown contributed with 7.  Andrew McGowan and Jeff Nataly added 7 combined points, the majority coming from the paint.  Kobe Lufkin scored a team-high 17 points for the Argyle Scots.  Del Pryce and James Bristol scored 12 points and Brock Liddle scored 8.

The win improves the Lake George Warriors record to 12-1, with their lone loss being a non-league defeat from the Hoosick Falls Panthers.  Argyle drops their first Adirondack League match in two years, and falls to 11-2 overall.

FROM THE OTHER NOTES: Special thanks to the staff at Argyle Central School, who were very helpful getting us on the air with assistance through the week and before the game.  Superintendent of Schools, Jan Jehring, Building & Grounds Coordinator Glenn Bristol, and Basketball Head Coach/Athletic Director Jack Sherwin all contributed and got us on the air for what was a great broadcast on Friday.

Also special thanks to Will Springstead, who joined me at the halftime as we discussed the Section 2 Basketball world as a whole, as we're now less than a month away from sectionals.  Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter, @WSpringsteadPSV, and pick up a copy of the Post-Star every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday during this busy basketball season to keep up with what's going on.

And, of course, follow us on Twitter for the latest #518Hoops news.  Our Twitter feed can be found to the left!

Next Broadcast: High School Hockey is on 1230 FOX Sports Radio on Wednesday, February 5th, when the Shenendehowa Plainsmen visit the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks.  The first meeting of the season resulted in a 3-3 tie, and it's quickly becoming a situation where every point will be very valuable in determining the seedings next month.  Coverage begins at 6:30PM on 1230 FOX Sports Radio.

Our next basketball broadcast will be Friday, February 7th when the Glens Falls Indians host the Scotia Tartans at the Glens Falls High School gym.  Coverage will air live on 1230 FOX Sports Radio at approximately 7:15PM.

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