Tom Bell had one strategy for his Spackenkill High School boys basketball team on Thursday: Limit Onteroa’s Jameson Morton.
The Spartans did just that to the best of their ability, and came away with a 62-46 win over the visiting Indians. Spackenkill’s defense held Morton to 18 points, and only six over the first three quarters.
“We tried to deny him the ball constantly,” said Bell, whose Spartans improved to 7-3. “We doubled him constantly. He’s a great player. We wanted to make it as hard as possible for him to score.”
Alex Strom was Spackenkill’s leader with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and four assists.
“He’s playing great right now,” Bell said of Strom.
Kyiev Bennermon backed him up with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Camron Abalos added 14 points and Tucker Lee contributed with 12.
The Spartans held a 34-20 lead at the half, at which time Bell told his boys to “keep it going.”
On Tuesday, the Spartans will visit Ellenville — a team they beat 62-58 in overtime on Jan. 7.
“Going to Ellenville is always very difficult,” Bell said. “It’s a long ride, they’re well-coached and have been a league rival the past few years. We’re going to take the next three days to prepare and practice. It won’t be easy.”
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