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“We Treated It Like A Championship Game”

RED HOOK – The situation was this.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School boys basketball team needed a win at Red Hook on Thursday night to clinch the Mid-Hudson Athletic League’s Division I title and a berth in the upcoming MHAL Tournament.

Red Hook was already eliminated from the Division II title by Marlboro, so the Raiders did the next best thing.

“A great environment for a high school basketball game. Both teams knew that FDR needed to win in order to win their division,” Red Hook coach Matt Hayes said. “Marlboro clinched our division, but we still treated it like a championship game.”

And it felt like it.

Red Hook survived a desperation three-pointer by FDR at the buzzer, and the Raiders held on for a thrilling 54-51 win over the Presidents.




New Paltz clinches the division with Roosevelt’s loss.

“Credit to FDR and Coach (Kevin) Hart,” Hayes said. “They’ve had a terrific season and will be a tough out for whoever they match up with in sectionals “

The Presidents actually led 9-0 to start the game but, eschewing a timeout, the Raiders chipped away and got it down to six, 28-22, at the half.

Then Red Hook played what Hayes called the best third quarter of the year, doubling up Roosevelt 18-9 to take the lead going into the final frame.

It was back-and-forth from there, with Luke Crittenden (18 points) drilling a three-pointer with two minutes left to put the Raiders up by four, helping his team later survive three missed front ends of one-and-one free throws.

Brandon Cahill, who had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists, hit the back end of a double bonus free throw with 3.4 seconds left to make it 54-51, and the Raiders defended well on the final possession to hold the lead.

Dylan Bayliss had 12 points for the Raiders and Matt Latvis added nine rebounds off the bench.

For FDR, Dylan Craft had 11 points while teammates Justin Patsey, Hunter VanSteenburgh and Jake Londin all had 10 points apiece.




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