Those points, coming with 1.6 seconds left on the clock, gave Lake George a 53-50 lead over the Waterville Indians.
And after a lengthy round of timeouts and one inbound pass, a great look from Zach Sawyer bounced off the back of the rim and rolled over the hole as it fell away from the basket, giving the Lake George Warriors the NYSPHSAA Class C Championship for the Waterville Indians.
It was a fitting moment for #4, who propelled himself to the top of Section 2's career scoring list at the start of the playoffs. He finishes his high school career with 2,615 points, 5th all-time in New York State, displacing East Hampton's Ken Wood by two points.
He finished with 30 points as Waterville opted to double-team him most of the game, but was able to use screens and fakes to lighten the coverage on him.
The seesaw game brought several lead changes and ties. Lake George fell behind early, prompting Dave Jones to spend a timeout. But the Warriors came back to tie the game at 11. Waterville came back to take the lead, but Lake George scored their first lead of the game off a Jake English foul that brought Joel Wincowski to the line.
Waterville regained the lead on a Jake English three and a pair of Zach Sawyer free throws. But Lake George would score the final 10 points of the second quarter, and took a 27-21 lead into the half.
No problem for Waterville. They emerged out of the locker room and shot three behind the arch to retake the lead off the hot-shooting hand of Jake English. He had 3 threes in the third quarter, and Will Specht added a three to give the Indians a quick 30-27 lead.
Waterville would outscore the Indians 19-11 in the third quarter.
Joel Wincowski scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Class C Tournament MVP used his power to get inside for buckets.
But the final three was set up perfectly. Waterville tied the game 50-50 on an offensive rebound following a free throw, and put up a three with 30 seconds left to play that rimed out. Lake George drained the clock down to 7 seconds before Dave Jones called a timeout. Off the timeout, Wincowski made a move backwards with the help of a screen to get a double team off him, and launched a 30-footer that went in.
As the Lake George Warriors were celebrating, the officials were conferring as they would eventually put 1.6 seconds left on the clock as Waterville called a timeout right after Wincowski's shot.
After about five minutes, the Lake George faithful at the Glens Falls Civic Center was finally able to celebrate the championship win.
The Lake George Warriors finish the season 26-1, with their lone loss being a one point loss to the Hoosick Falls Panthers on January 24th. Wincowski's 30 was aided with Dylan Hubbard's 9 points. Andrew McGowan scored 7 points.
The Waterville Indians finished their season 25-1, as Jake English used the power of six 3's on his way to 20 points. Zach Sawyer, a returning member of last year's All-Tournament Team finished with 17 points as he was named on the team once again this year.
NYSPHSAA CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP
2-Lake George Warriors vs. 3-Waterville Indians
Saturday, March 21st, 7:15PM at the Glens Falls Civic Center
LAKE GEORGE 9 18 11 15 53
WATERVILLE 11 10 19 10 50
3 KYLE JONES 0 0 2 0 2
4 JOEL WINCOWSKI 4 10 4 12 30
10 CRAIG KEENAN 3 0 0 0 3
21 DYLAN HUBBARD 0 6 0 3 9
31 ZEKE REYNOLDS 0 2 0 0 2
44 ANDREW MCGOWAN 2 0 5 0 7
TOTALS 9 18 11 15 53
THREES: Wincowski (2), Hubbard (3)
FREE THROWS: Wincowski (3), McGowan (3)
10 JAKE ENGLISH 2 6 9 3 20
23 ZACH SAWYER 4 2 7 4 17
25 J.T. MACHOLD 0 2 0 0 4
30 HUNTER WILLIAMS 2 0 0 3 5
41 WILL SPECHT 3 0 3 0 6
TOTALS 11 10 19 10 50
THREES: English (6), Specht (3)
FREE THROWS: English (2), Sawyer (5), Williams (1)