The Pawling High School boys basketball team won just three games last year, but started the season anew on a high note.
Hosting Dover on Tuesday, Pawling came out with a 49-42 win. Tigers coach Jason Kuhlmann was pleased to see his team get into a rhythm on both ends of the floor and start the year on the plus side.
“I was happy with our defensive effort and rebounding,” the coach said. “We really hustled, and I was happy to get a win in the first one.”
Helping the Tigers collect the win were Matt Whitworth, David Bellucci and Nick Rubino, as each player finished the game in double figures, in terms of points scored. Whitworth and Bellucci each poured in 14 points apiece, while Rubino added 11.
“We’re a much better team than we were (last year). We were really young,” Kuhlmann said. “We’re still young, but overall we look more like a basketball team.”
Josh Benson led Dover (0-1) with 15 points. Fellow Dragon Jaquan Futrell added seven points. The Dragons will host Webutuck at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Pawling (1-0) will host Webutuck in its tournament on Friday at 5 p.m.
“We’re looking to made improvements on what we did tonight (Tuesday),” Kuhlmann added of his team’s next game. “And play even harder.”
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