Bombers split Orange doubleheader

LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid basketball teams split a doubleheader at home Friday against Indian Lake/Long Lake. Both the girls and boys matchups turned out to be tight contests in non-league action.

In the opening game, the Lake Placid and Indian Lake/Long Lake girls teams were involved in a back-and-forth battle that saw the Orange go on an eight-point run late to secure a 38-35 victory over the Blue Bombers.

The Lake Placid boys then turned the tables in the second game, escaping with a 40-38 victory over Indian Lake/Long Lake. The Blue Bombers pulled out the win after Chris Kordziel scored on a short jump shot when he put back a missed foul shot to break a 38-38 deadlock with 11.9 seconds left in regulation.

Lake Placid’s girls suffered their second setback by three points in as many games after taking Saranac Lake into overtime on Monday.

Senior point guard Shannon Farrell led the Orange with a game-high 18 points and chipped in 11 in the win. Four players scored for Indian Lake/Long Lake, with Ranya Hamdan hitting for five points and Jazmin Piraino adding four.

Adele Jesmer paced Lake Placid with 13 points and Alexis Megliore added eight points.

Jesmer gave the Blue Bombers a 12-10 lead at intermission when she drained a baseline jumper with 10 seconds left in the opening half. The lead then see-sawed for much of the third quarter, with Lake Placid carrying a 22-20 edge into the final eight minutes of play. The Blue Bombers held their last lead of the game, 29-28, with 4:11 left, but the Orange then rattled off eight unanswered points to take control as they improved to 4-2 overall.

“It was another close loss for us and it was the same story as last time,” Lake Placid coach Jeff Potter said. “We made the same mistakes. We missed easy baskets and let them hang around. For me, the positive thing about these games is we are scoring a lot more points. Last year, we weren’t scoring 15 points, so obviously, we’ve gotten a lot better in that area.”

Lake Placid’s girls will next be in action Tuesday when they take on Seton Catholic.

Early on, it looked like the Lake Placid boys were going to claim their victory by a large margin in a game in which they never trailed. The Blue Bombers surged out to a 13-4 advantage at the end of the opening quarter, and then stretched their lead to 25-12 at the intermission.

The Indian Lake/Long Lake boys, however, weren’t going away in the second half. Trailing ever since Lake Placid broke a 4-4 tie early in the first quarter, the Orange chipped away at their deficit during the third and fourth quarters, and finally evened the score at 38-38 when Henry Sandiford knocked down his third 3-pointer of the game with 40 seconds left on the clock. But Lake Placid held their opponent off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Scott Rossi, who led Lake Placid with 14 points, had a chance to give his team a late lead when he went to the foul line with 11.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Rossi missed both attempts, but on the second miss, Kordziel jumped high to collect the rebound and sank a two-pointer to clinch the dramatic win.

“Chris Kordziel – right place, right time,” Lake Placid coach Matt Walentuk said. “He put it back and we walked out of here with a win. It was a battle right to the end. My heart was racing and I couldn’t imagine what our kids were going through. It certainly was exciting.”

The Blue Bombers improved to 3-4 overall with the win. The setback was the third straight, all on the road, for the Orange, who dropped to 4-3.

Sandiford had the hot hand for the Orange, scoring a game-high 20 points. Zach Hoag was the next highest scorer for Indian Lake/Long Lake, finishing with eight points.

Eleven players saw action for Lake Placid and six got in the scoring column. Tarik Cecunjanin finished with eight, and Davis Moore and Kordziel were next, both notching six points in the win.

The Blue Bombers next play on the road Monday against a strong Moriah team.