Ticonderoga is confident it knows what it takes to do something no boys basketball team has done all year.
Defeat Lake George.
The 24-0 Warriors play Ticonderoga at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Saratoga Springs High School in a Class C regional semifinal game.
It is a rematch of last year’s regional final, which Lake George won by three points. The Warriors’ season eventually ended in the state championship game.
“They beat us last year, so we have a lot more to prove this game,” Sentinels guard Evan Graney said. “We know now to come out and play a lot more intense. We want it more this year based on what happened last year.”
Ticonderoga coach Joe Defayette said Graney is the leader of the 18-4 Sentinels. Graney, a staple of the varsity program over the past four seasons, is averaging 21 points per game.
If Ticonderoga is going to pull off the upset, it is going to lean on its senior, as the Sentinels have all season.
“I expect him to take the lead and get us into our sets. If things are not going our way, then he’ll keep us together,” Defayette said. “He is going to get his shots and score, but getting other players involved is something he is good at also.”
Colton Huestis is another player the Sentinels will need solid production from to advance to the regional finals. Huestis is averaging 17 points per game.
Lake George allows only 44 points per contest, and Defayette is going to have to find ways to score on the Warriors’ stingy defense, as well as contain its explosive offense.
The Warriors have four players averaging about 15 points per game. Senior Caleb Scrime and Alex Jones were both named to the Section II, Class C all-tournament team.
While junior forward Mason Flatley and center Chris Becker tend to use their size to score inside.
Defending the Warriors tends to be a game of pick your poison.
“They are just good,” Defayette said. “They have size, and can shoot it. If we have to rotate to help too much then Becker is dangerous. They pass the ball very well.”
For Lake George, it is approaching this game as it does any postseason contest.
Warriors coach Dave Jones said Lake George is going to stick to its game plan and make adjustments according to game flow.
One thing Lake George is not focusing on is the weather.
This regional semifinal was supposed to be played on Wednesday night, but was postponed due to snow.
Jones is hoping the game will be played on its newly scheduled time because the delays have been annoying to deal with.
“As it is, there is a possibility the game may even get canceled (Thursday) due to weather,” Jones said. “We are losing practice and it is a little bit of a headache, but there is not much we can do.”