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Patriots Overwhelm The Bombers

By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

WAPPINGERS FALLS – John Jay High School scored 19 of the first 24 points of the game on Friday night, and the Patriots rolled to a 90-43 win over Pine Plains in an Auxiliary Bracket semifinal of the 31st annual Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Duane Davis Holiday Memorial Tournament.

John Jay will face Spackenkill in the finals of the Auxiliary Bracket; teams in the auxiliary cannot compete for the tournament title.

The Patriots went up 19-5 in the opening minutes; they led 25-13 after the first quarter. John Jay’s Liam Ryan had 12 points on four three-pointers in the first quarter John Jay would take a 52-26 lead into the half, and they maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

Ryan led the way for John Jay with 22 points on six three-pointers. He was taken out of the game with five minutes remaining in the third quarter and didn’t re-enter.

“It’s all because my teammates are dishing me the ball on the three-point line when I’m open. They’re just giving me my best chance to score the ball,” Ryan said.

“When he’s rolling, everyone seems to feed off of that,” John Jay head coach Terry Feeley said of Ryan. “He’s really been knocking down perimeter shots.”

Pat Rooney had 11 and Wesley Fulcher had 10 for the Patriots.

“We created some offense off of our defense,” Feeley said. “I thought we shot the ball extremely well.”

For Pine Plains, Caleb McCaul led the way with 13 points.

“We needed that game. We needed to wake up playing a talented John Jay team,” Pine Plains head coach Les Funk said. “The quickness, the lack of rebounding, the lack of intensity that the team did show tonight. It’s something we have to work on.”

Pine Plains will play Highland at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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