Pough­keep­sie snaps Kingston boys’ win streak

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Stribl [email protected]­manon­line.com Sports Re­porter

Pough­keep­sie handed Kingston High’s boys bas­ket­ball team only its sec­ond loss of the year Satur­day night.

KINGSTON, N.Y. >> Pough­keep­sie handed Kingston High’s boys bas­ket­ball team only its sec­ond loss of the year Satur­day night, ral­ly­ing and hang­ing on to win a wild 64-60 af­fair.

The Pi­o­neers, down 14 in the first quar­ter, shut down the Tigers for nearly 11 min­utes to bat­tle back.

Kingston, which had a sixgame win­ning streak snapped, was trail­ing by 13 with a minute left to play when it made its fi­nal push.

Brian Moore hit a 3-point field goal from the right wing with 17 sec­onds left to cut it to 62-59. Brady Short sank the back end of a two-shot foul to make it a 2-point game.

Moore tossed up an off-bal­ance trey with 1.6 sec­onds to go, but he had been ruled to have stepped out of bounds in the back court. Davon­try Thomas then sank two foul shots with a sec­ond left to clinch the win.

“We played a good first quar­ter. We fought our tails off to find a way to get our­selves back in it and they had a chance in a game that they were bet­ter than us to­day,” Kingston coach Ron Kelder said.

“I told these kids that I can’t be more proud of them. We were

down 14 and were able to get it down to a two-point game with the ball,” he said. “This has to make us bet­ter. Ev­ery non-league game we’ve played have been tough games.”

Thomas had 22, Niyel Goins 15 and Jayquan Pear­son 13 to lead Pough­keep­sie (8-3).

Moore, who also had 3 as­sists, fin­ished with 21 points for the Tigers. Jimmy Moot (12 points, 7 re­bounds, 3 as­sists), Daivel Jack­son (9 points, 7 re­bounds) and Shy’quan Royal (7 points, 8 re­bounds, 5 as­sists) also had big games for Kingston (11-2)

The Tigers ex­e­cuted per­fectly in the first quar­ter to build a 21-7 ad­van­tage. Pough­keep­sie re­sponded with phys­i­cal play on the perime­ter and a solid out­ing on the glass to stage its come­back. That led to a night­mar­ish 10:53 stretch for Kingston from late in the first quar­ter to early in the third when the Tigers man­aged just two points on free throws.

Kingston’s de­fense kept it in the game and when, after 22 failed pos­ses­sions, Jack­son scored on a layup, the Tigers were down only 33-25.

Pough­keep­sie, which lost to Kingston by 5 at home two weeks ago, made 22 of 34 foul shots. The Tigers were 11-for-20 at the stripe.

“They made their free throws, they hurt us on the of­fen­sive glass. Last game, they missed some free throws and we made ours,” Kelder noted. “It’s two pretty sim­i­lar teams. The only dif­fer­ence is that it takes us a lit­tle run­ning start to fig­ure out how hard we got to play around the rim. Our spac­ing was so good in the first half that it kept them off-guard and we were fin­ish­ing.

“They made it more phys­i­cal around the perime­ter and forced us into more con­gested sit­u­a­tions,” Kelder ex­plained. “Hey, they did a good job out there. They did a great job of mak­ing the ad­just­ments and be­ing phys­i­cal with us. That phys­i­cal­ity both­ered us for a lit­tle while dur­ing that stretch in the mid­dle and then we got tougher again.”

The Tigers’ star guards came away a lit­tle banged up. Royal twisted his an­kle while pass­ing on a base­line drive with 4:56 left, but re­turned two min­utes later. Mo­ments after Royal re-en­tered, Moore hurt his right shoul­der on a drive. He re­mained in the game.

Kingston has time to heal. The Tigers are home again next Sun­day, Jan. 20, to take on Troy (9-1) in an­other big test. The ju­nior var­sity play at 1 p.m, fol­lowed by the var­sity at 3.

“The fun part of coach­ing this game to­day was we got bet­ter as the game went on. They con­tin­ued to fight and com­pete,” Kelder said. “You can’t ask more from a group of kids than the ef­fort they gave me to­day. As a coach, you’re proud of not putting your head down, not giv­ing up and putting that ef­fort out.”

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