PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh High boys’ basketball coach Chris Hartmann had one word to describe Tuesday’s first half: sloppy.
And his team didn’t exactly get sharper after halftime.
The Hornets survived 25 turnovers and a second-half push by Peru to defeat the Indians 71-68 in a Northern Basketball Conference game.
“Gotta credit Peru. They went box-and-1 on Garrett Frady, and the other four guys were doing a nice job of jumping in the passing lanes,” Hartmann said. “We weren’t ball-faking. We just really weren’t taking care of the basketball.”
Adam LaBorde led the Hornets with 15 points, and Frady scored 14. Plattsburgh (7-1, 5-0) maintained its hold on first place in the Division I standings.
Plattsburgh was up 40-28 at the half. The Indians (5-4, 3-2) got within five with about three minutes left in the third quarter, and then Frady hit a pair of free throws and a triple to stretch the Hornets’ lead back to 10.
Peru had a 6-0 spurt, capped by two foul shots by Jordan Guay, to pull within 68-65 with 1:48 left in the fourth.
Brady Channell knocked down a couple of free throws to give the Hornets a five-point cushion, and they held off the Indians from there.
“We definitely pushed the ball up the court, and definitely transition was a big key,” LaBorde said. “Our shots weren’t really falling from the 3-point line, so we just kept digging in and tried to pull out the win.”
Channell and Taoufik Maknani both put up 11 points for Plattsburgh, and Robert Matthews added nine.
Peru outscored Plattsburgh 40-31 in the second half, sparked by a 19-point outburst from Guay, who finished with 21. Rivelino Hendricks had 10 points after halftime and totaled 14. Conor Casey scored 10.
The Hornets made a 12-0 run early in the game and were up by 12 with about three minutes left in the first quarter. But as they would numerous times throughout the game, the Indians soon whittled their deficit down to single digits.