The Poughkeepsie High School boys basketball team got quality defense at the right time.
The Pioneers won Beacon’s Terrence Wright Tournament with a 69-48 victory over Monroe-Woodbury. The Pioneers held the Crusaders to two points in the fourth quarter after trailing early in the third.
Sanjay Ruparelia had 21 points and six assists and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
“The combo of Kwame Flowers and Jovan Atkinson on the glass gave us some energy,” Poughkeepsie coach Brian Laffin said. “The telling tale was our defense midway through the third quarter to the fourth quarter.”
Caval Haylett, who had 20 points, was named to the all-tournament team. Shaquez Nesbitt had 10 points and six assists.
Poughkeepsie visits Franklin D. Roosevelt Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Hyde Park.
Webutuck 48, Pawling 45 – Webutuck improved to 2-0 with a win over Pawling in the Pawling Tiger Athletic Club Tip-Off.
Webutuck is 2-0 for the first time in many years and will face Dover for the tournament title at 7 p.m Saturday.
“It’s fantastic and it’s nice to say,” Webutuck coach Pete Iuele said. “Even though it’s a small tournament, it’s a good boost for them mentally. I can tell the kids are into it this year. We have enthusiasm and spirit and the kids are playing really well together.”
Tomas Espinosa-Lopez had 13 points and Hunter Coulthard and Chris Milano had 10 apiece for Webutuck. Andrew Thrasher had seven of his nine points in the last three minutes.
David Bellucci led Pawling (0-2) with 19 points. Pawling will face Pine Plains in the consolation game at 3 p.m.
Dover 64, Pine Plains 27 — Owen Vincent had 14 points and Mike Azzarito added 11 as the Dragons beat the Bombers in the Pawling Tiger Athletic Club Tip-Off. Dover advanced to Saturday’s 7 p.m. final.
Henry Roemer had 17 points for Pine Plains (0-1).
North Rockland 72, Beacon 50 — The host Bulldogs fell in the consolation game of their Terrence Wright Tournament.
Alfredo Robles had 17 points and five assists for Beacon (0-2), and Nascia Hinson had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
North Rockland’s Michael Arias had a game-high 30 points.
“That kid is just unbelievable,” Beacon coach Scott Timpano said. “He seemed to get every single bounce he could possibly get.”
Beacon hosts Mahopac Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Putnam Valley 79, John Jay 69 — Shane McDonald scored a team-high 17 points for host John Jay, but Putnam Valley spoiled Terry Feeley’s debut as Patriots coach.
Putnam Valley’s Ryan Basso scored a game-high 37 points, had 11 field goals and was 9 for 11 at the free-throw line. Basso had 14 points in a fourth quarter in which Putnam Valley outscored John Jay 28-11.
Also contributing for John Jay were Hugh Huggins (15 points, 14 rebounds), Ryan Metz (14 points) and Ryan Schumacher (10 points, 11 rebounds).
“Basso is a heck of a player and was the story of the night, He was in the zone,” Feeley said in a statement. “I was proud of how our kids hung in there after getting blown out in the first quarter. We were able to tie the game at 46, but Basso was too much for us down the stretch, scoring 14 more points in the fourth quarter.”
Feeley said the Patriots had 18 turnovers.
“My guys played hard tonight,” Feeley said. “We’ll build on the positives and improve on the negatives as we go forward.”