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Strong Game For Ethan Thompson In Win Over Pine Plains


By Tom Seipp
Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Ethan Thompson’s big day and a big run over the first and second quarters lifted the Highland High School boys basketball team to a 74-49 victory over Pine Plains on Saturday in an Auxiliary Bracket loser’s bracket game of the 31st annual Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament.

The Auxiliary Bracket was a four-team event; the teams were not eligible for the tournament title.

Highland is now 2-5 overall, bouncing back from Friday’s loss to Spackenkill.

“It was definitely a comeback from yesterday, losing a tough game. We played as a team and we made shots that didn’t really fall yesterday, so I’m just proud how everyone did today,” said Thompson, who had a game-high 22 points. “It feels great. It’s been a rough season so far, but we’ve got plenty more games left to turn that around. I’m happy for what’s up next.”

The Huskies fell behind Pine Plains early, 7-4, but over the next quarter-plus Highland used a 26-9 run to take control of the game.

Zachary Angelone added 18 points for the winners and teammate Dontay Baker had 16.

“We’ve talked all year long about pushing the ball up the floor, and that’s what we did today,” Highland coach Mike Millman said. “The key was they started sharing the ball. Instead of ‘I’ it has to be ‘we.’”
Tyler Funk led the Bombers with 10 points. Logan Lydon had 10 and Adam Funk added eight.

Pine Plains is now 2-2.

“We have to work on some little things that really aren’t so little. It’s got to start with intensity and effort when we are playing good teams,” Bombers coach Les Funk said. “Credit to Highland, they brought some athletic ability and brought some intensity to us. We either have to match that or learn how to figure it out.”



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