Matt Hayes called timeout in the third quarter of his team’s game Tuesday.
The Red Hook High School boys basketball coach reminded the Raiders of their game plan against host New Paltz. The simple reminder sparked a fire in Red Hook, as the Raiders went on to win, 71-47.
“They did a good job following through on that,” said Hayes, whose Raiders improved to 4-3. “I think the guys got the message.”
Red Hook trailed 27-25 at halftime before rallying to win the third quarter, 29-9 — a frame Hayes said was the “best quarter of the year” for his team. Dennis Hare broke through with 20 points, and “capitalized on scoring chances,” Hayes said. Teammate Nick Michitsch added 17. Beau Smith contributed with 13 points.
The Huguenots were led by the play of Axel Rodriguez, who scored 17 points. Matt Kanan chipped in with eight points.
“Based on what I had seen New Paltz do over the last couple games, I knew who their better players are,” Hayes said. “Axel is a difficult guy to guard one-on-one and Matt Kanan is a good shooter. We had to follow through on our game plan defensively.”
Red Hook will visit Rondout Valley on Friday. New Paltz will visit Marlboro on Friday.
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