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THREE TIMES AS NICE FOR NEW PALTZ

Soper The Hero As Boys Win Third Straight Section 9, Class A Crown

NEWBURGH – It’s befuddling how Stuart Robinson remains the New Paltz High School boys basketball coach.

The Huguenots are the kings of thrilling, last-minute finishes, overtime, triple overtime even, and it must be raising Robinson’s blood pressure.

Then again, the longtime coach has known nothing but success no matter how long the games go, and Saturday was no exception.

Jackson Soper buried a three-pointer late in overtime, and the Huguenots won their third consecutive Section 9, Class A championship with a 69-67 victory over Monticello at Mount St. Mary College.

New Paltz heads to neutral site Vestal High School on Wednesday to play the Section 4 champion in a first-round state tournament game.

 

ISoper scored 22 points to lead the Huguenots, none bigger than his three-pointer with less than a minute left in OT to provide the final score.

“Once we got to overtime, possibly the last four minutes of the season, we weren’t going to give up this opportunity without a fight,” Soper said. “My teammates trusted me to take the winning shot and it went in.”

Yeah, but … what’s the deal with all these heart-stopping games?

“The whole year we felt like we still were the best team despite stupid losses,” Soper said. “The best part about this team is that we never give up no matter the circumstances, and we don’t fold in crunch time.”

Justin DeMaria had 15 points for the Huguenots, Jeffrey Reynoso added 12 and Matt Simmons scored all 10 of his points in the second half and overtime.

     

 

 

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