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Admirals To Face Lourdes After Beating Beacon

By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

WAPPINGERS FALLS – It wasn’t easy for the Arlington High School boys basketball team on Saturday, but the Admirals are back in the championship game of the 31st annual Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament for the second straight year.

In an exciting back-and-forth game through the first three quarters, the Admirals pulled away late for a 69-54 semifinal win over Beacon at neutral Roy C. Ketcham High School.

Arlington will be back at RCK on Monday night at 7:15 p.m. to face Our Lady of Lourdes for the title.

“Beacon is a tough opponent. Early on it was hard to score, we couldn’t get anything going,” Arlington head coach Matt Hoyt said. “We settled in. I thought our defense was good early. I’m just proud of our effort overall.”

It was a close game throughout the entire first half, with the largest lead being just five in favor of Arlington. Beacon got it within three at halftime. In the second half, Arlington began to pull away quickly thanks to a Rashawn Grant slam. That dunk then put Arlington up by seven, and the Admirals would never look back. Grant finished the night with 24 points; he had 11 in the third quarter alone.

“I did what I had to do,” Grant said. “I played my position, I played my role, and that was all.”

“Rashawn has pretty much been our main guy offensively most of the year. Rashawn did what we expect him to do in these types of games. He was tremendous, but we expect that from him,” Hoyt said.

Jack Sims finished with 20 points and Delano Knox finished with 11 for Arlington.

For the Bulldogs, Tre Smith had 12 points.

“We had them a couple times. We were right there and then we seemed to just give up a couple big plays over-and-over,” Beacon head coach Scott Timpano said. “Everytime we got it down to four, we couldn’t get it down any farther.”

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