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Pioneers Fall After Ceremony To Celebrate State Title


By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

POUGHKEEPSIE – The night began with a celebration of the 2019 New York State Class A Poughkeepsie High School boys basketball championship team being presented with its title rings at center court, and the unfurling of the championship banner.

Head coach Cody Moffett said that to this day, the text-message group chat that was made for last year’s team is still active.

“Communicating through that is great, and it’s always great to see a former players face-to-face, too,” Moffett said.

Along the way last year, Poughkeepsie showed up at Byram Hills and broke its hearts on a last-second Davontrey Thomas three-pointer. But Byram Hills had some payback to do as it went up to Poughkeepsie on Wednesday and rung up the Pioneers, 71-60.

Byram Hills got started right away, taking an early 27-9 lead in the second quarter. The 18-point deficit was the largest the Pioneers faced all game, and they struggled to get much closer.

Poughkeepsie went down by 12 at the half, and a quick 9-2 run to start the second half brought it within six, but that was the closest the Pioneers would get.

“It was embarrassing defensively,” Moffett said. “It’s an effort issue, it’s a principle issue, and it’s concepts. Defensively you either want to play it or you don’t. We’ve got to get better defensively. I’ve got to be a better coach and try and figure something out to help us play some good basketball again.”

Sophomore Zaccai Curtis and junior Javel Cherry led the Pioneers with 14 points each. Senior Ali Harrell finished with 11 points.

Michael Parrotta finished with 19 points for Byram Hills.

Poughkeepsie is now 2-3 on the season and plays again Saturday against Green Tech, whom it beat 87-78 a year ago.


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