January 4, 2013

Lions hold off Eagles in overtime

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions looked as if they were home free after one quarter of their showdown with the Chazy Eagles Thursday night in Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference boys’ basketball.

The Lions (7-1, 6-0) raced out to a 22-9 lead with Charlie Huttig hitting for 11 of his game-high 20 points in the first eight minutes.

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“We had good pressure on the ball, and we were hitting our shots,” Elizabethtown-Lewis coach Colby Pulsifer recalled.

“But Chazy did a good job with its press and was able to work its way back in the game.”

The Eagles outscored the Lions 22-12 over the second and third periods and eventually grabbed a 1-point lead late in the fourth. The Lions managed to tie it with more than a minute to play, and neither team could capitalize on its chances over the last 60 seconds, forcing overtime.

Elizabethtown-Lewis, which had struggled mightily from the foul line in regulation, made good on 4-of-7 attempts in the extra session to secure the victory. Huttig had four points in overtime.

Neither side fared well from the free-throw line. Elizabethtown-Lewis was 9-for-24 while Chazy was 15-for-37.

Zac Noka-Bailey enjoyed a big night for the Lions with 17 points and 20 rebounds.

Brandon Laurin dropped in 15 points, and Hayden Guay netted 10 for Chazy.

“Both teams fought really hard. It was an exciting game,” Pulsifer said.

Elizabethtown-Lewis 55, Chazy 51, OT

Chazy (51)

Guay 4-0-10, Laurin 4-6-15, Miller 0-0-0, Ryan 0-0-0, Hampton 3-3-9, Lapierre 2-3-7, Brothers 1-1-3, Botten 2-2-7, Chauvin 0-0-0. Totals 12-4-15-51.

Elizabethtown-Lewis (55)

Huttig 7-3-20, Morris 1-0-3, White 2-2-8, LaPier 1-3-5, Turner 0-0-0, Noka-Bailey 8-1-17, Whalen 1-0-2, Denton 0-0-0, Marvin 0-0-0. Totals 20-9-55.

Chazy 9 11 10 17 4 — 51

E’town-Lewis 22 4 8 13 8 — 55

3-point goals: Chazy (4) Guay 2, Laurin, Botten. E-L (6) Huttig 3, Morris, White 2.

JV: Chazy won.

Modified: Chazy won.

Crown Point 56, Wells 45

WELLS — The Indians were able to extend a 5-point lead to 11 with under a minute to go, while Gabe Macey totaled a game-high 21 markers in the win.

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