Poughkeepsie High School boys’ basketball hosted Roosevelt on Tuesday in the City of Poughkeepsie.
Franklin D. Roosevelt High School boys basketball coach Kevin Hart said his team grew up on Tuesday.
The visiting Presidents withstood a late run against Poughkeepsie and topped the Pioneers 65-56.
“Our kids played solid basketball for four quarters,” Hart said. “I was extremely proud of the way they executed down the stretch. We got a little bit of a lead and Poughkeepsie made their usual run. Our kids really responded well and we really grew up as a group.”
Chris Roach scored a game-high 20 points for Roosevelt (6-2), which won its third straight game. Ishmael Chisholm had 17 points and Ruben Jimenez added 11 for the Presidents.
“In the half-court, we executed our offense. We valued the basketball each and every possession,” Hart said. “We played smart basketball, which you have to do against Poughkeepsie. We slowed the tempo down and picked and chose our spots.”
For Poughkeepsie (5-3), Caval Haylett had a team-best 17 points, and Matt DeLoatch chipped in 14.
“They outplayed us for every loose ball, getting up and down the floor,” Poughkeepsie coach Brian Laffin said. “We played a very flat game and didn’t get consistency out of some guys we depend on. Tonight, we didn’t show up.”
At halftime, Poughkeepsie honored 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Walt Patrice, a 1940 Poughkeepsie graduate who played football and basketball and ran track.
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