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Only Second Game Ever Between Neighboring Schools

COLD SPRING – A little history on a Friday night along Route 9D.

The city of Beacon and the village of Cold Spring are separated by a 10-minute ride but, surprisingly, Beacon and Haldane high schools have met just once in boys basketball despite the proximity and the fact that both high schools are more than 80 years old.

So with the pomp and circumstance of just the second-ever meeting and a packed house at Haldane as a backdrop, Beacon won a thriller over the Blue Devils, 60-57, in a non-league game.

“It was an incredible game. The gym was standing room only and we had so many fans that came down to cheer us on,” Beacon coach Scott Timpano said. “It’s a great tradition to start this game up and am happy that we came out on top.”

The only other boys basketball meeting between the two schools, according to Haldane coach Joe Virgadamo, came in 2011 when Beacon secured a 68-50 win over the Blue Devils.

Quazir Hayes led Beacon with 19 points, Shane Green had 13 and Adrian Davis added 12.

Mame Diba had a game-high 27 points, including 16 of Haldane’s first 20 points, but his three first-half fouls limited his playing time and allowed the Bulldogs to take a 12-point lead at the break.

But the Blue Devils cut it to five going into the fourth quarter and eventually took a two-point lead with under two minutes to play.

But with Diba now gone after fouling out, Beacon regrouped, got a big steal and a hoop and, later, a clutch free throw by Davis with nine seconds to play for the win.

Adrian Davis had to make a clutch free throw to put us up 3 and “Hats off to Haldane for playing a great game. It never felt like a Class C school vs. a Class A school,” Timpano said. “They are a really tough team that is going to be hard to take down in sectionals. I’m also proud of our kids for battling and finishing this game. It’s been a struggle for us but we learn a little bit more each game.”



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