March 10, 2013

Big fourth helps Warriors cruise past Patriots

PLATTSBURGH — Down 24-19 at the half, Shane Douglas came out in the third and poured in 13 points for the AuSable Valley boys’ basketball team.

The problem for the Patriots: no one else helped out.

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AuSable dropped its NYSPHSAA Class C regional championship to Lake George 58-42 Saturday at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

Physicality ruled the game throughout, with scrums, hard fouls and jump balls going both ways. The hack-style of play led to low scoring, as did unforced turnovers by both teams.

“Any player will tell you that they want to play a physical game, rather than a touchy foul kind of game,” AuSable guard Nate Casey said.

But the physicality didn’t go Patriots’ way.

Lake George played tight defense throughout, scrapping for the ball and trying to force AuSable Valley into turnovers. The tight defense led to a big fourth quarter by the Warriors, expanding their six-point lead at the break to the 16-point win.

Though it had been relatively back-and-fourth through the first 24 minutes, the Warriors also got their offense going in the fourth, with sophomore standout Joel Wincowski scoring 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.

After the game, AuSable Valley coach Jamie Douglass didn’t point to Wincowski or the Warrior offense as the reasons for his team’s loss.

“We had too many unforced turnovers, and we didn’t run our offense,” he said.

In the third quarter the Patriots did run set plays to get the ball in Douglas’s, the CVAC’s second-leading scorer (18.8 points per game), hands. But Lake George coach Dave Jones compensated.

“Those 13 points were sets,” Douglass said. “… Coach Jones recognized (the plays) and made adjustments.”

Douglass said the adjustments included Jones putting Douglas in a box-and-one type defense, which limited him to no points in the fourth quarter.

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