As Dobbs Ferry coach Scott Patrillo spoke to his players after Saturday’s Class B sectional final overtime loss to Our Lady of Lourdes, he felt he needed to pass on a lesson to them.
While the fourth-seeded Eagles failed to come away with the gold ball for the third straight season, this time falling 85-80 in overtime to the third-seeded Warriors, Patrillo knew he couldn’t let his players leave the County Center empty-handed.
“They’ve got to take something away from this about what determination means, what working hard means,” Patrillo said. “So they can continue to move forward and become better people and become successful.”
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Much like Dobbs Ferry’s last few season, the Eagles seemed to be on the cusp of victory several times before a big play would put the Warriors back ahead. Twice in overtime Eric Paschall was able to give the Eagles the lead, only to have the Warriors reclaim it on the next possession.
“Those kids hit big shots all game,” said Patrillo of Lourdes. “Every time we hit something they came back.”
Lourdes will play the Section 9’s Marlboro in the regional semifinal at Purchase College Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Despite a strong performance from Paschall, the tournament MVP who had 34 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, the Eagles trailed the majority of the game.
A 3 from the corner followed by a steal and layup, all by Dobbs Ferry senior Nick Kost, gave the Eagles a 69-68 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the game.
Lourdes called a timeout and then wasted no time, scoring off an inbounds to Nick Porter that led to a three-point play and a 71-69 lead.
Dan Riefenhauser found Dan Foresti on the following possession to tie the game at 71-71 just before the buzzer.
“In the fourth quarter when we were making the nice run I thought the momentum would take us and we’d get the victory in overtime,” said Kost, who finished with 25 points and seven rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team. “Just couldn’t get the gold ball and that’s all I really wanted.”
Dobbs Ferry, which hasn’t won a gold ball since 1967, didn’t complain about losing to a Catholic school for the third straight year. The Eagles, a public school, fell to Albertus Magnus in 2011 and 2012.
“It’s no excuse,” said Kost of losing. “They put out the best team. The two best teams played tonight and they just came out on top and that’s just unfortunate.”
Dobbs Ferry loses only two starters to graduation. While Patrillo said his team hands in their jerseys Monday, discussions regarding next season will also begin.
When asked about his mindset heading into his senior year, Paschall was brief.
“Be hungry,” he said.