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February 16, 2013

Maknani's 25 leads Plattsburgh over Saranac

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh roared out of the gate against Saranac Friday, but needed to hold of a Chiefs’ comeback attempt to capture a 67-62 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference victory in boys’ basketball.

Taoufik Maknani poured in a game-high 25 points, including 18 during a 34-24 first half for the Hornets.



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“It was a crazy game,” Plattsburgh coach Chris Hartmann said. “We came out on fire and Maknani put in 18 in the first half.

“Our lead went up to 19, but Saranac put on a full-court press and we didn’t do a good job handling it. They crawled back and got as close as three points.”

Damon LaBorde added 10 points for the Hornets, while Brooks Kelley finished with nine points. Plattsburgh connected on 10 3-pointers on the night.

Jeremy Bullis put in a team-high 16 points for the Chiefs. Nick Daniels and Michael Conway each chipped in with 11 points.

“This was just a great game by both teams,” Hartmann said. “Definitely felt like playoff basketball.

“This team has had many highs and lows this year. I am proud of the way they came together to pull out a tough victory against a tough team.”

Plattsburgh 67, Saranac 62

Saranac (62)

Christopherson 4-1-9, Medeiros 2-1-7, Rascoe 0-0-0, Cross 0-0-0, Conway 4-0-11, Maye 3-2-8, Bullis 6-4-16, Daniels 3-5-11. Totals: 22-13-62.

Plattsburgh (67)

Frady 4-0-8, D. LaBorde 4-1-10, Maknani 10-0-25, LaPoint 3-0-7, Harrington 0-2-2, Kelley 3-0-9, O’Connor 2-0-4, Bouzidane 1-0-2, Odnoha 0-0-0. Totals: 27-3-67.

Saranac 8 16 17 21 — 62

Plattsburgh 17 17 17 16 — 67

3-point goals: Saranac (5) Medeiros 2, Conway 3. Plattsburgh (10) D. LaBorde, Maknani 5, LaPoint, Kelley 3.

JV: Plattsburgh won

Mod: Plattsburgh won.

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Saranac Lake 65, Beekmantown 60

BEEKMANTOWN — In a game that went down to the wire, it was the Red Storm who claimed a critical road victory over the Eagles.

Greg Manney hit a clutch 3-pointer with seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into an extra session, however, Saranac Lake outscored Beekmantown in the final five minutes of play, 7-2.

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