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HS BOYS BASKETBALL: Beacon takes third place in DCBCA by edging Arlington

By Ted Remsnyder
HVSR Staff

POUGHKEEPSIE – Beacon High School was victorious in a close game of its own on Monday, beating Arlington 58-52 in the third place game of the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Holiday Tournament.

Two days after Bulldogs (6-1) sophomore guard Elijah Hughes scored 33 points against Red Hook, the young player struggled for much of the contest against the Admirals (2-4), until the game’s final minutes. The super sophomore totaled 11 points for the evening, but scored the final six Beacon points to clinch the victory.

“It just feels good to win in general, especially against a rival like Arlington,” he said. “I came down the stretch and made some clutch free throws and it came out a win. My team told me to keep my head up and to keep playing and just keep doing what I’m doing.”

When two Dan Schweitzer free throws cut the Beacon lead to 52-48 with 1:56 left in the fourth, Hughes took control. The guard converted on a spinning drive to the basket to put the Bulldogs up 54-48 with 1:08 to go, and Hughes would hit all four of his free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

“I think that shows his character,” Beacon head coach Tom Powers said of Hughes’ ability to put aside his early difficulties. “He struggled in the first game, he had an unbelievable second game, and I think he started tonight trying to do a little too much against a good Arlington team. But when the chips were down he came through for us and knocked down those foul shots to seal the victory.”

Beacon senior Patrick Schetter (11 points) was also instrumental in the Bulldogs’ victory. Schetter’s third three-pointer of the third quarter stretched what had been a slim 24-21 Bulldogs’ lead at the half into a 38-24 margin (with 3:19 left in the third), giving Beacon some much-needed breathing room.

“It was the part of the game where we got some solid separation,” Powers said. “He was feeling it. He’s a very good shooter. When he’s in rhythm he knocks them down, and that little stretch right there probably provided us with enough separation to be able to hold on at the end.”

Arlington junior forward Brendan Sunday had a game-high 25 in the losing effort. Earlier in the day, FDR beat John Jay East Fishkill 52-38 in the fifth-place game as Presidents’ junior Ruben Jimenez led the way with 17 points.

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