Ticonderoga and Lake George not only share different ends of the same lake, but a history when it comes to boys basketball this season.
So, the familiar opponents will meet for the third time this season — not somewhere halfway, like Silver Bay, but at Hudson Valley Community College for a Class C regional final at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
The winner advances to semifinal action in the State Boys Basketball Tournament in Binghamton on Friday, March 17.
Lake George defeated Ti 60-43 on Dec. 6, and 61-47 on Jan. 23. But those non-league, intersectional games were with a future promised, as much as that’s possible. Now the loser’s season is over.
Ticonderoga (17-6) has recommitted to defense during its late-season and postseason run. Since allowing 59 points to Northern Adirondack in a win on Feb. 9, the Sentinels haven’t allowed more than 43 points in a game.
“I know that’ll be tough to do against Lake George,” Ti coach Joe Defayette said. “They’ve got a lot of weapons, and we’ve got to keep them off the glass.”
Offensively, Ti is at its best when it shares the scoring load. Four players scored in double figures Wednesday in Ti’s 58-40 regional semifinal win over St. Lawrence. For the season, Evan Graney leads the team with 17.3 points per game. Colton Huestis adds 11.5 per game.
“If we can get several guys rolling, we do a good job of sharing the ball, probably sometimes to a fault. But we have a number of guys who can score,” Defayette said.
“I was impressed with how well they shot the ball,” Lake George coach Dave Jones said of Ti’s win over St. Lawrence. “That Plattsburgh State Field House isn’t an easy place to shoot.”
Lake George (19-5) hasn’t played since defeating Stillwater 69-54 in the Section II final a week ago.
Caleb Scrime, a 6-foot-3 junior that can play outside and inside, leads the Warriors with a 17.4 points-per-game average, 53 3-pointers and 7.2 rebounds per game.
Three-pointers have been an effective weapon for Lake George, as junior guard Alex Jones (13.8 ppg) has 40 and sophomore wing Mason Flatley (13.1 ppg) has 42.
Defensively, senior Zeke Reynolds is known as one of the best around, and senior guard Kalab Helms contributes on both ends of the floor.
“We’ll have to be solid defensively,” Dave Jones said. “We’ll have to control the boards and share the ball on offense.”
Jones said he would be missing a player from his team, but did not comment further.