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Storm fall in hoops title game

Saranac Lake’s Zach Churco look to take the ball to the basket during Saturday’s Adirondack Open championship game against Old Forge at Paul Smith’s College. Also pictured is Roman McGrady (1), of Old Forge. (Provided photo — Alicia Brandes)

PAUL SMITHS — The Old Forge boys basketball team put together strong second and third quarters Saturday to take control of what became a 51-44 victory over Saranac Lake in the championship game of the Adirondack Open tournament at the Saunders Athletic Center.

Tupper Lake took third place in the tournament after beating Lake Placid 50-48 in the consolation game.

Old Forge rallied in the second quarter with 17 points, then put up another 17 in the third to take a 39-31 advantage into the fourth quarter. Roger McGrady scored 16 points and Jimmy Connell hit for 13 to lead Old Forge offensively.

Landon Faubert paced Saranac Lake with 18 points and teammate Zach Churco scored seven. Nate McCarthy and Brady Yando added six poins apiece for the Red Storm.

The Tupper Lake-Lake Placid game was a back-and-forth affair. The Blue Bombers went into the locker room at halftime with a 28-21 advantage, but Tupper battled back in the third and eventually worked its way into the lead in the fourth quarter.

The Lumberjacks used a balanced attack and had three players reach double figures in scoring. Jack Armstrong led Lake Placid with 15 points, followed by Nick Marvin with 13.

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