Blue Bombers kick off the season with a loss
LAKE PLACID — It was a rough start to the season for the Lake Placid boys basketball team on Wednesday. The Blue Bombers were defeated by the Moriah Vikings 47-25 at home.
The Blue Bombers were originally scheduled to host a tournament today but after two out of the four teams in the tournament backed out — due to multiple positive COVID-19 cases within the two schools — the tournament was canceled.
Moriah, who was not originally in the tournament, stepped up to play the Blue Bombers. The Vikings, however, were without four of its players because they are on the school’s football team and will be competing in the Class D State Championship today.
Blue Bombers Head Coach Brian Brandes said it was a good way to get the first game under the belt by playing against a quality team.
“It was as good as a scrimmage. I didn’t get to stop like a scrimmage and go out there and teach, but that’s okay,” Brandes said. “Everybody got in and everybody got a chance to go home tonight and figure out what they can do better to help themselves and help the team.”
The Vikings’ Cooper Allen and Will Rohrer paced the team with 12 points each. The pair helped guide Moriah to a 15-6 first-quarter lead over the Blue Bombers.
In the second quarter, Lake Placid found its groove. Led by Jack Armstrong, Lake Placid scored 10 points to Moriah’s 11 points to close out the first half. Armstrong, a senior, finished Wednesday’s game with a team-high 11 points.
“Jack took the game over when he needed to,” Brandes said. “There was a point where he scored at the end of the first half seven in a row to bring us back. It was under ten at that point.”
In the second half, Moriah finished where they started. The Vikings scored 20 points to the Blue Bombers 10 points in the final two quarters to seal the victory.
“I think there is still things to work on with our defense. Our 2-3. But, overall, with our defense not being able to run full court and scrimmage a whole lot, I think it was okay,” Brandes said. “The biggest points are our offense. We need to work on our offense and just getting comfortable with it.”
Even though the Blue Bombers didn’t come out on top, Brandes said there were definitely bright spots to build on.
Brandes credited Sam Hooker for his play in Wednesday’s game. Hooker finished the game with eight points.
“We were unsure who was going to take over the middle and he did a nice job,” Brandes said.
Lake Placid’s other scorers were Adnan Cecunjanin and Chris Byrne. Cecunjanin and Byrne had three points each.
With the loss, the Blue Bombers start the season 0-1. The team will look to build on some of the positives as the team will host Boquet Valley today at 5:30 p.m.