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Warriors disrupt Burghers' rhythm

Warrensburg's Jake Nemec (center left) plows past Lake George's Andrew Zibro while Joel Wincowski (left); and Jeff Nataly (right) jog downcourt in a game held between the two rival teams Tuesday Dec. 18. Lake George won the physical game by a score of 68 to 28.

Warrensburg's Jake Nemec (center left) plows past Lake George's Andrew Zibro while Joel Wincowski (left); and Jeff Nataly (right) jog downcourt in a game held between the two rival teams Tuesday Dec. 18. Lake George won the physical game by a score of 68 to 28. Kim Ladd/Lifescapes Photography

— The Lake George Boys Basketball team derailed Warrensburg’s early-season winning streak Tuesday Dec. 18, powering to a decisive 68-28 win.

In the tilted, physical contest, Warrior standout Joel Wincowski sank 31 points, Greg Rosenthal contributed 13 and Nate Fidd contributed nine.

The Warriors disrupted the Burghers rhythm, a feat demonstrated by their 41-12 second half margin.

Headed for the locker room after the showdown between rivals, Rosenthal, a senior, described how the game built such a white-hot momentum after the first quarter in which Burghers had kept the score close, tallying 12 to the Warriors 14.

“Warrensburg was strong at first, but we pushed back — we had very hot shooting in the second half — and strong defense,” he said.

Teammate Alex Labruzzo, a senior, said his team shifted from a half-court defense to a transition game to meet the Burgher challenge. Wincowski, a sophomore, offered a similar view.

“We played great defense,” he said. Everyone stepped up in rebounding, and we executed our offense well.”

Labruzzo, Wincowski and Rosenthal all praised teammate Nathan Fidd, who came off the bench and scored several baskets on transition, as well as playing aggressive defense.

For Warrensburg, Nick Perrone scored nine points, Justin Baird contributed eight and Shea Irish added six.

Cruising on a 5-0 Adirondack League record, Rosenthal, Labruzzo and Wincowski talked with confidence about their prospects of a run at a championship.

While fans are expecting the Warriors to be the top contender for the league’s Western Division crown, they were eyeing their likely Eastern Division rival, Argyle, who beat Fort Ann 73 to 38 Tuesday night to advance their record to 5-0 as well.

Lake George captured the Western Division championship last year, but lost to Argyle in the league championship playoff.

Rosenthal said the team would have a lot of confidence this year in a repeat showdown with Argyle, if the season plays out as expected. But he agreed with his younger teammate when he voiced a cautious note.

“We’re taking one game at a time,” Wincowski said.

Labruzzo echoed the point.

“We can always improve,” he said.

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