A 57-53 Wednesday win over Highland sent the No. 3 Spackenkill High School boys basketball team to Friday’s Section 9 Class B title game, but Terry Feeley wasn’t looking ahead to the sectional finals after his Spartans’ semifinal victory over the Huskies.
“This was a great high school game. We’re not even thinking about Friday,” the head coach said after his team topped the seventh-seeded visitors. “We’re going to relish and enjoy this one.”
Spackenkill will play No. 1 James I. O’Neill for the title at SUNY New Paltz.
Justin Etts led the victors (12-8) with 14 points, while Derek Lo added 13. Freshman Camron Aabalos poured in a dozen points for the Spartans, who also received 17 rebounds from Ben Jenkins.
Highland’s Bo Garcia and Nick Palmatier led all scorers with 16 points apiece.
Palmatier scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.
“He was on fire,” said Feeley, referring to Palmatier. Cory Garcia gave the Huskies 11 points.
Spackenkill and Highland “both made big plays,” Feeley said, but the coach said the difference in the game came at the foul line, where each squad took 13 shots and Spackenkill sank seven, just one more than Highland.
“We just made a few more free throws.”
O’Neill 91, Millbrook 64 — Justin Simmons (27 points) and DeVon Jackson (25 points) led the way for the fourth-seeded Blazers, whose season ended with a loss in the Section 9 Class B semifinals.
Malik Chambers led top-seeded O’Neill with 32 points. Millbrook finished the season with a 12-8 record.
Trinity-Pawling 65, Milton Academy (Mass.) 49 — The second seed in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council playoffs defeated the seventh seed, behind 18 points from Jeremy Arthur.
Noah Woods added 15 points and Austrian Robinson had 11 for Trinity-Pawling, which will face Hotchkiss (Conn.) on Saturday.
Red Hook 62, New Paltz 47 — The Section 9 Class A tournament’s third seed advanced to a meeting at second-seeded Marlboro today with the victory late Tuesday.
Red Hook and Marlboro split their regular-season meetings with the visiting team winning both games.
“I think it’s going to be a typical Marlboro-Red Hook game between two very good defensive and unselfish teams,” Red Hook coach Matt Hayes said.
“We know Marlboro is one of the toughest places to play.”
In Tuesday’s triumph, the third-seeded Raiders held a 26-24 halftime lead before gradually pulling away in the second half. Sophomore Nick Michitsch scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half, and sophomore Dennis Hare tallied 13 second-half points.
Will Avis scored 14 points, and Paddy Parr added seven points and 10 assists for the Raiders (13-5).
Grant Harlow led New Paltz with 12 points, and C.J. Burke followed with 10.
New Paltz, the No. 1-ranked team in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III poll, lost a 25-22, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 16-14 road decision to No. 6 MIT late Tuesday.
Tim Ferriter and Steven Woessner led New Paltz (13-2) with 13 kills apiece.
New Paltz’s Samantha Granan, a Franklin D. Roosevelt graduate, Chelsea Allocco and Cassidy Griger were all named to all-SUNY Athletic Conference teams, for their performances at the league championship meet. Allocco made first team, while Granan and Griger made second team.
In addition, Allocco was picked to compete in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle events at the NCAA Division II championship meet on March 19-23 at the Indiana University Natatorium.
New Paltz’s Jack Spader earned Second Team All-SUNYAC honors, after placing second in the 1,650 freestyle event at the league championship meet.