Boys stop losing skid

B y Dan King

Taking on the last place Salem Generals (1-12, 1-14) was just what the doctor ordered for the Whitehall Robby Pereau guards Argyle's Jake Hortonboys’ basketball team.

In the midst of a five game losing streak the Railroaders traveled to Salem and were able to snap that skid with a 58-50 win, thanks in large part to the three-ball.

Justin McDonald and Brian McLaughlin were draining shots from beyond the arc. McDonald hit six 3-pointers and McLaughlin knocked down three.

McDonald and McLaughlin would lead the team with 20 and 19 points, respectively. Dan St. Clair had a productive game on the inside for the Railroaders, adding six points and 14 rebounds.

The Generals hung tough with the Railroaders this go-of-it, especially given the fact that Whitehall beat Salem by 18 when the two teams squared off in December.

Salem’s Josh Steele tied McDonald with a game-high 20 points and Jacob Rushinski netted 14 as well.
Two days after the victory over Salem, the Railroaders hosted the Argyle Scots (9-5, 11-6), on senior night.

Whitehall honored its seven seniors – McDonald, McLaughlin, Justin Hoagland, Garrett Beebe, Robby Pereau, Thomas Ramey and Zach Rice – prior to the game.

However, the Scots came out in dominate fashion against the Railroaders, storming to a 22-7 first quarter lead. Although the Railroaders played better in the ensuing quarters, Whitehall couldn’t overcome the deficit and ultimately lost 87-57.

Argyle was led by 38 from Kobe Lufkin and 29 from Jake Horton.

“We struggled to grab rebounds and that led to them getting second chances, and they hit a lot of three pointers out of those second chances,” Whitehall Coach Keith Redmond said.

Argyle hit 12 three pointers, including seven from Horton and four from Lufkin.

“I don’t think we were ready to play today and it hurt us,” Redmond concluded.

Eighty-seven points is far-and-away the most points surrendered by the Railroaders in a single game this season.

Two Railroaders were in double digits, as McLaughlin scored 22 points and St. Clair added 12.
Whitehall (5-10, 6-11) finishes the regular season fourth in the Adirondack League East Division, behind Fort Ann, Argyle and Fort Edward. The Railroaders now prepare for the postseason.

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