Westport holds on to beat Bombers

LAKE PLACID – The Westport boys basketball team downed Lake Placid 38-29 in a game that was close until the final minute.

“It was four-point game down the stretch, two-point game at times,” Lake Placid coach Matt Walentuk said. “It just comes down to who’s going to make the shot when you need to make the shot. Our guys battled hard the whole game. Westport is a talented team and we had them on the ropes for a little bit, and they made a shot. We couldn’t counter. Free throws killed us, and that was pretty much it.”

With about three minutes left in the game, Westport held a 31-29 advantage. It appeared either team could win the game.

But Lake Placid couldn’t manage another point, and Westport went on to score the game’s final nine points.

Many of those points came from the free-throw line as the Eagles hit 5-of-6 from the charity stripe in the final minute.

Westport’s John Doyle went 3-for-4 and Ryan Davis hit his only two attempts.

“I think we were a little bit more patient on offense toward the end of the game and we started working the ball a little better and some of my key players started taking control and wanted to get the ball,” Westport coach Brad Rascoe said. “Early in the game, we were kind of playing – they didn’t want it. They wanted to play hot potato with it.”

Lake Placid’s Tarik Cecunjanin scored 13 point to lead his team on offense. Davis Moore, Scott Rossi and Alex Brandes each had four points.

Westport was led on offense by Sam Napper with 13 points. John Doyle had eight points and Thomas Mero had seven points.

Both teams struggled to score points early in the game. They combined for eight points in the first five minutes. By the end of the quarter, the Blue Bombers led 10-7.

Lake Placid expanded that lead to 12-7 early in the second quarter, going up 15-11 by halftime.

“I thought both teams in the first half just shot poorly,” Walentuk said. “We were both getting open shots. They weren’t going in. I said to the kids at half. I said both teams are going to start making shots. I expected Westport to go on a run, which they did. Our kids battled back. Everybody was getting open shots at the beginning of the game. They just weren’t falling.”

Westport scored the first six points in the third quarter, capped off by a layup from Anderson Gay. That gave them a 17-15 lead.

From that point on, Westport led or the game was tied.

With the win, Westport improved to 2-3 while Lake Placid fell to 2-3.

“It’s still early in the season,” Walentuk said. “We’ve got to find that guy that is going to step up and score in double figures every game. We really haven’t had that yet. We’re looking, with 14 guys on the team, to just find the right combinations, and hopefully as the season progresses somebody will step up, or several people will step up when we need them to.”

Lake Placid returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Ticonderoga for a 7:30 p.m. game.


Lake Placid 2, Albany Academy 0

LAKE PLACID – Lake Placid goaltender Tanner Stanton recorded her fourth shutout in six games Friday as the Blue Bombers topped Albany Academy 2-0 at the Olympic Center.

Albany Academy outshot Lake Placid 23-11, but Stanton was up to the task.

“Tanner Stanton has been great in net,” said Lake Placid coach Sandy Huber. “The team is playing systems really well this week. Our defensive zone coverage is improving and we’re using all five skaters in the offensive zone.”

Payton Barney and Briana Savage each scored goals in the second period to give the Blue Bombers the advantage. Jayde Dukette assisted on Barney’s goal at the 2:54 mark, while Deyondra Patterson and Kylie Kroes were credited with assists on the second goal at 3:39.