LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid boys basketball team survived a physical battle, as well as foul trouble to claim a 49-41 victory over Wells in a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference game Friday, Jan. 6.
Lake Placid's top scorer, Logan Stephenson, spent much of the second half on the bench with four fouls and ended the game with 11 points. With Stephenson off the court, the Blue Bombers turned to the inside game led by Jacob Daniels and Evan Bickford.
The Indians had a tough time stopping Lake Placid inside the paint, where Daniels scored a team-high 15 points, hauled down 10 rebounds and came up with some key blocked shots to lead the Blue Bombers effort. Bickford, who joined Daniels as the two tallest players on the floor, added eight points and also had a strong game on the boards.
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Lake Placid’s Evan Bickford gains position on Ben Brendan of Wells to haul down a rebound during a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference game Friday, Jan. 6 on the Blue Bombers’ floor.
With the win, Lake Placid improved to 3-3 in the MVAC and 4-4 overall. Wells dropped to 2-3 in the league with the loss.
Wells was paced by Jake Earley, who dumped in a game-high 18 points and was the only player on his team to score in double figures. The Indians spent plenty of time at the foul line, but only converted on 15-of-27 free throw attempts.
Both teams had their offensive games going early, with Lake Placid taking a 17-16 lead after the opening quarter. Each squad tacked on nine points in the second quarter, and the Blue Bombers extended their edge to 40-34 heading into the final period. The Indians closed their deficit to two points twice during the early stages of the fourth, but the Blue Bombers eventually pulled away as the Indians were forced to commit fouls down the stretch.
"I'm glad it was a competitive game," said Wells coach J.C. Parslow. "Lake Placid played tough defense, and it came down to us not being consistent with our foul shooting. If we made some more foul shots, it could have been a much closer game."
Wells was already in the bonus situation by the time the fourth quarter rolled around, but only hit on 7-of-17 attempts from the line down the stretch. Stephenson and Daniels both fouled out for Lake Placid in the final minute of the game, but by then, the Blue Bombers had already built enough of a cushion to hold on for the win.
"That was a great Friday night high school basketball game," said Lake Placid coach Brendan Gotham. "They wanted it, we wanted it. You could tell by the fouls. It was back-and-forth and we pulled away late.
"That's not the most solid we've played, but it was gutsy," Gotham added. "And I'll take a gutsy win any day. Logan Stephenson is our big scorer, and he uncharacteristically got into foul trouble. With Logan out, the dynamics of the game changed and Jacob came up big for us. He was the difference tonight."
Four other players were in the scoring column for Wells, with Ken Chicoski knocking down eight points. Ben Brendan followed with seven points, Matt Mitchenz added six and Seth Weaver chipped in two points.
Also for Lake Placid, Lucas McLean netted seven points, J.P. Morrision added five and David Lawrence scored three points, all of which came after he was fouled shooting a 3-pointer.
which all came on a trio of free throws in the first quarter when he was fouled on a shot from beyond the arc.
Wells next plays on the road Wednesday at Johnsburg. The Blue Bombers will also be on the road Wednesday for their next start against Chazy.
Lake Placid 49, Wells 41
Lake Placid (49) - McLean 2-1-7, Brier 0-0-0, Bickford 4-0-8, Stephenson 5-0-11, Morrison 2-1-5, Porter 0-0-0, Lawrence 0-3-3, M. Morrison 0-0-0, Daniels 6-3-15. Totals: 19-8-49.
Wells (41) - Earley 5-8-18, Mitchenz 2-1-6, Brendan 1-5-7, Weaver 1-0-2, Chicoski 3-1-8, Hayes 0-0-0. Totals: 12-15-41.
Three-point goals: Wells (2), Mitchenz, Chicoski; LP (3), McLean 2, Stephenson.