The Section 9 Class A semifinal will bring a familiar rival for the Marlboro High School boys basketball team.
The second-seeded Iron Dukes will host third-seeded Red Hook in Thursday’s semifinal after defeating seventh seed Monticello 60-46 in a quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Marlboro led 20-19 before taking over with a 26-13 third quarter behind the play of Zach Sakadelis and Ryan Cary.
“We came out slow and were not aggressive in the first half. We shot a lot of 3s,” Marlboro coach Mike Koehler said. “In the second half, we got some steals and took the ball to the basket, which opened us up for 3-point shots.”
Sakadelis scored 18 of his team-high 21 points in the second half for the Iron Dukes, who finished with nine 3-point buckets. Cary ignited the defensive efforts, which resulted in points on the offensive end.
“Zach played a great second half. He really carried us, which is nice to see a senior do,” Koehler said.
“Ryan set the tone for us on defense. He did a nice job rebounding to get us going on the offensive end.”
Tyler Banks scored 16 points for the Iron Dukes.
Devin Williams finished with a game-high 22 points for Monticello.
With this game behind them, Marlboro turns its focus to Red Hook. The two teams split their two regular-season meetings.
“We’re excited about being in the semifinals,” Koehler said. “It’s going to be a tough game. Red Hook is a tough team and they’re well-coached.”