Hudson Valley Sports Report


Iron Dukes Rally From Early Deficit To Beat Millbrook


By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

WAPPINGERS FALLS – This time, when the Marlboro High School boys basketball team caught up from an early deficit, the Iron Dukes kept on going.

One day after rallying from an 18-2 deficit to tie Beacon, only to lose late in the fourth quarter, Marlboro came back from a 10-point hole and zoomed past Millbrook, 86-66, in a loser’s bracket game in the 31st annual Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament on Friday.

The game was played at neutral Ketcham High School.

Marlboro will play Ketcham on Saturday.

Millbrook’s next contest is to be determined.

Millbrook shot the lights out in the first half, knocking down eight three-pointers in the first 16 minutes, including four by David King in the first quarter, to take a 38-28 lead in the closing minutes of the first half.

But a late 12-0 run by Marlboro to close the half gave the Dukes the halftime advantage. Collin Casey had four three-pointers to end the half.

“Obviously, Collin making four threes at the end of the first half was huge,” Marlboro head coach Mike Koehler said.

After the break, the Iron Dukes came out with a 26-6 run to blow the game open.

“Second half we stepped up our game, defense especially,” Marlboro’s Matt Drake said. “Every year we come to this tournament it’s always competitive, it’s always fun to be here with my teammates.”

Marlboro had five players in double figures: CJ Faircloth led with 18, Casey had 15 on five three-pointers, Korbyn Samuels had 14, Alex Grzechowski had 13, and Drake had 12.

“When we move, we are really difficult to guard. We’ve got five guys on the floor who can put the ball in the basket,” Koehler said. “I thought Millbrook played really well. They came ready to play and they shot the ball really well.”

Millbrook was led by Jozef Gjidoda who had 18 points. Isaiah Edmunds and David King both finished with 12.

“I thought yesterday we laid down and died,” Millbrook head coach Jeremy Croft said of his team’sr 90-41 loss to Arlington. “Today, you can look at it like a 20-point loss, but we competed throughout. To me that was the difference from yesterday. That’s what I’m proud of right now.”


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