NEW PALTZ — The Arlington High School boys basketball team utilized strong defense and accurate perimeter shooting to half Franklin D. Roosevelt its second loss of the season, 60-47, on Saturday as part of the Officials vs. Cancer event at SUNY New Paltz.
Will Kurdziel led Arlington (11-2) with a game-high 23 points, including seven 3-pointers.
“It started on the defensive end,” Kurdziel said. “We worked well there, and then we were able to make offensive opportunities.
“FDR’s a good team, so this is a big win for us. They won the (Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association) Holiday Tournament and we didn’t get to face them.”
Errico Feaster scored 10 points for Arlington and had the task of guarding Roosevelt offensive dynamo Felix Riascos, who scored 12 points. Riascos did not get his first basket until early in the second quarter.
“He guarded me well,” Riascos said. “We’re friends and he plays good defense.”
Riascos said the Presidents (11-2) need to bounce back from the loss in order to succeed against its tough Section 9 schedule
“We’ve just got to take it step by step and practice harder,” Riascos said. “Arlington had intensity and they beat us that way. We came out a little sluggish. We were up and down the whole game. We’ve got to stay consistent.”
Trailing by 10 points at the end of the first quarter, Roosevelt bounced back, outscoring Arlington 22-10 in a second quarter that included a 10-0 run. Arlington outscored Roosevelt 34-19 in the second half.
“I liked what we did most of the game,” Arlington coach Matt Hoyt said. “I thought we played great defense for the most part. This was our eighth time holding a team under 50 points. Will hit a ton of shots for us. Overall, I liked our game plan.”
Ishmael Chisholm and Ruben Jimenez also scored 12 points apiece for Roosevelt.