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DUANE DAVIS TOURNAMENT PHOTO GALLERY: LOURDES TO PLAY FOR THE TITLE

Career-High From Will Hart Leads To Win Over Undermanned New Paltz

By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

WAPPINGERS FALLS – The New Paltz High School boys basketball team entered Saturday’s semifinals of the 31st annual Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament already shorthanded.

The Huguenots knew this before tipoff and were able to prepare to play without big man Patrick Murphy.

What they didn’t know, and couldn’t recover from, was an injury to Justin DeMaria and a career game from Our Lady of Lourdes’ Will Hart.

DeMaria had 26 points and New Paltz had a comfortable 18-point lead in the third quarter when he went down with an injury. Lourdes would quickly take advantage of New Paltz’s best player being off the court and reeled off a 37-11 run to close out a come-from-behind 63-55 victory.

It will be OLL and Arlington for the Davis Tournament title on Monday back at neutral Ketcham High School at 7:15 p.m.

“I feel like we didn’t have a lot of life. I was just trying to give us a spark,” Hart said of his career-high 21 points.

“I didn’t think we played well at all. In fact, New Paltz outplayed us,” Lourdes head coach Jim Santoro said. “We were playing harder than we did in the first half, and I thought we out-executed them down the stretch.”

With just 1:39 remaining in the ballgame, Hart knocked down a three to give Lourdes their first lead since they led 2-0 in the first quarter. That wasn’t all for Hart. He drilled an even longer three-pointer to give Lourdes its largest lead of the game. Hart finished 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Ben Bullock added 12 points for Lourdes. Sean Lee finished with eight and Ryan Selander had seven.

DeMaria finished with 26 points. He had 21 at halftime, and didn’t score again after his injury.

New Paltz’s Jackson Soper finished with 12 points.

“We did some really good things and we competed hard,” New Paltz head coach Stuart Robinson said. “The injury to Justin was such a game-changer and a mood-swing for us, and Lourdes stepped up and we were rattled and we didn’t know how to respond to it.”

Please enjoy this great photo gallery by Todd McDonough and please find all of his tremendous work at www.toddmcdonough.com

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