Friday, March 3, 2017

D Championship: Argyle 64, Fort Ann 60

 A battle between Adirondack League rivals turned into a battle between top scorers Kobe Lufkin and Tyler Mattison in the Class D Championship at the Glens Falls Civic Center.  But it was the weight of Kobe Lufkin's 3 point shooting that led the Argyle Scots to back-to-back championships, winning the Class D title over the Fort Ann Cardinals 64-60. 

The Cardinals flew to a 10-0 advantage in the 1st quarter before Kobe Lufkin and Jonah Horton combined to draw the Scots closer to Fort Ann, before taking a narrow lead in the 2nd quarter.  The duo teamed up for the majority of Argyle's ten 3 pointers in the 1st half. 

During the half, Section 2 acknowledged Kobe Lufkin's passing of Joel Wincowski for all-time scoring leader in the section, to a standing ovation at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 

The third quarter saw the Cardinals build another lead before the long ball allowed the Scots to regain the narrow advantage, leading 51-50 at the end of the 3rd quarter.  It was an advantage the Scots wouldn't relinquish.

Peyton Lufkin scored a three with 2:35 left in the game that put the Argyle Scots up by 6, but Fort Ann would battle back to within 2.  But that was as close as they would get, as a pair of Argyle foul shots would seal the deal with less than 30 seconds to go.

Kobe Lufkin scored 30 points for the Scots, getting 24 of those 30 points long-range.  Jonah Horton added 15 points before fouling out late in the 4th quarter, and Brodie Flewelling contributed with 11 points.

For Fort Ann, Tyler Mattison ends his high school career with 29 points, including 12 in the 3rd quarter.  Jeremy Johnson added 13 points for the Cardinals.

Argyle moves onto the NYSPHSAA State Tournament, facing the winner of Section 7's Class D title game.  The regional game will be next Saturday, 3PM at Hudson Valley Community College.

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