The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School boys basketball team used a defensive effort its coach enjoyed as it clinched the Mid-Hudson Athletic League Division I title with a 48-37 win over New Paltz on Thursday in Hyde Park.
“Our defensive intensity from start to finish was the key to the game,” Roosevelt coach Kevin Hart said. “Our kids played solid defense for four quarters.”
Roosevelt (14-2) ran out to an 18-7 lead through one quarter and led 30-15 at halftime. Roosevelt’s victory snapped a 10-game winning streak for New Paltz (12-2).
“We set the tempo early and we limited them to one shot,” Hart said of his team, which held New Paltz’s brother tandem of Aden and Kenna Gilmour to eight points apiece. “We did a good job limiting the Gilmours and keeping them off the scoreboard.”
Derek Hart led Roosevelt with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Felix Riascos had 10 points and six rebounds.
Roosevelt will face MHAL Division II champion Marlboro on Monday at 5 p.m. at Stone Ridge’s SUNY Ulster in an MHAL semifinal.
“We beat them by four in a really physical game a few weeks ago,” Hart said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. They’re a great team.”