Led by its one-two punch of brothers Zach and Tyler Lydon, Pine Plains rolled to a 62-36 win over Millbrook (5-4) at Bard College in a Northern Dutchess Coaches vs. Cancer Classic game on Saturday.
Six-foot-9 senior Zach Lydon (19 points) and 6-foot-8 junior Tyler Lydon (16 points), dominated both ends of the court as the Bombers (3-2) blew open a close game with a 24-0 run that began early in the second quarter and lasted until the third.
“Coming out, we knew it would be a tough game and they’re rivals, so we had to make a statement,” Zach Lydon said. “I think it was a good win. Everybody played good. I think we could have played a little bit better but I think we did all right.”
After Millbrook junior Devon Jackson (22 points) hit a 3-pointer to pull to within 18-15 early in the second quarter, Pine Plains scored the next 12 points to end the half, capped by a ferocious Tyler Lydon alley-oop dunk off a pass by Justin Cooper (15 points), followed by a 3-pointer by Zach Lydon. Still, it was the numerous altered Blazers shots caused by the Lydons’ presence that really turned the tide.
“We just picked up the intensity on defense,” Tyler Lydon said. “That was our main thing. Coach (Brendan LoBrutto) was really stressing at halftime that we had to pick it up because we were playing lazy. We did a good job with that, we came out and got a couple of dunks.”
The younger Lydon had even more than “a couple of dunks.”
“It’s all fun,” Tyler Lydon said. “That’s the best part of the game right there. The crowd gets into it and it’s really good.”
The Bombers’ defense forced Millbrook to take tough, rushed shots throughout the game.
“Not too many teams around here have a 6-8, 6-9 guy down low,” LoBrutto said. “So that alters a lot of things and causes a lot of havoc even if they’re not getting a hand on the ball. “