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Feb 22, 2022
Saranac Lake’s Nate McCarthy looks up to make a play on the ball with Ticonderoga’s Owen Stonitsch defending him during Friday’s game. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)
SARANAC LAKE — It’s been a long time since the Saranac Lake boys basketball team has been competitive in their section, but this year has been different.
After defeating Lake Placid one day prior, the Red Storm defeated the Ticonderoga Sentinels 71-41 at home on Friday to end the regular season with a record of 12-8. The win marked the first time the school had eclipsed 12 wins in a season in 15 years.
“Back-to-back games. Two teams that we knew that if we brought an A-game we could compete and do well against and they did,” Red Storm head coach Dermott Morgan said. “It’s nice to have almost everybody back and healthy.”
In the last matchup between the two teams on Dec. 10, Saranac Lake cruised to a 73-32 win over the Sentinels. On Friday, Ticonderoga looked poised to split the series.
To the Red Storm’s surprise, the Sentinels came into the game ready to play. The two teams traded points back-and-forth but the first quarter ended with the Red Storm on top 19-13.
Saranac Lake’s Landon Faubert makes a pass to the corner during Friday’s game at home against Ticonderoga. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)
Things only got better for Saranac Lake. The team never gave up the lead following the first quarter.
The Red Storm had eight players record a point in the win, with Nate McCarthy leading the way with a game-high 20 points. McCarthy, a senior, scored most of his points on the inside and contributed from beyond the arch with a made three-point shot.
With McCarthy leading the way, Saranac Lake held a 34-18 lead at halftime.
“I thought that Ticonderoga played pretty good defense against us here in the first half,” Morgan said. “We had a few 6-0 runs, I think that really stretched it. That’s what we were looking to do.”
The large margin didn’t stop the Sentinels from giving up. Ticonderoga had another solid quarter but was again outscored 16-13 in the third quarter.
Saranac Lake’s Carter Hewitt jumps up for a layup during Friday’s game against Ticonderoga. Also pictured is Ticonderoga’s Braden Perry. (Enterprise photo — Parker O’Brien)
The Red Storm finished the game by dominating the fourth quarter. The team outscored the Sentinels 21-10 to end the game.
Morgan credited McCarthy, Gabe Wilson, Carter Hewitt and Landon Faubert for their play on Friday.
Aside from McCarthy, Saranac Lake’s Faubert was the only other play to earn double figures. Faubert recorded 11 points, which included three three-pointers. Hewitt and Wilson recorded nine points each in the win. Caleb Akey also recorded nine points while Landon LaDue chipped in seven points and Ben Clark had five.
“I’m real proud of the boys. The last two nights we played everybody that was eligible to play. They performed and did well,” Morgan said.
Following the win, the Red Storm will host the Peru Nighthawks on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Class B playoffs. In the previous matchup between the two teams, Saranac Lake won 71-42.
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