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March 9, 2013

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PLATTSBURGH —

“They play a little three-quarter trap, a 1-2-2, and we’ve seen that,” Douglass said. “We just gotta handle it when they apply pressure to the point guard.”

Shane Douglas is AuSable Valley’s top scorer, averaging 18.8 points per game. He had 15 in a 53-24 victory over Ticonderoga in the Section VII final, while Zach Cosgrove scored eight. The Patriots opened an 18-4 lead in the first quarter of that game.

Douglass said they just need to keep doing the same things that got them to the regionals.

“We don’t have to have a spectacular game. We just have to try to contain their big scorers, stay out of foul trouble, avoid turnovers, and we can win this,” Douglass said. “I feel really good about this group of kids.”

Staying out of foul trouble will be especially important because the Patriots will have a shortened bench. They lost two players this week, including second-leading scorer John Goodnough, who was injured in shop class.

Douglass said the remaining players have been firing on all cylinders, and the team had really good practices this week.

“We’re just ready,” he said. “Now we just gotta go out and execute.”

Email Courtney Lewis:

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Lake George (21-2)

FG FT PTS 3FG

J. Wincowski 233 84 599 49

Rosenthal 71 31 184 11

E. Wincowski 79 16 176 2

Zibro 50 30 140 10

McCoy 52 27 137 6

AuSable Valley (14-4)

GP FG FT PTS PPG

Douglas 18 135 37 338 18.8

Goodnough 14 86 12 186 13.3

Cosgrove 18 60 16 161 8.9

Depo 17 45 10 113 6.6

Brooks 9 20 8 48 5.3

3-point leaders

GP No.

Douglas 18 31

Cosgrove 18 25

Deop 17 13

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