Clipped From Poughkeepsie Journal
Rhinebeck falls in OT, 62 - 60 By Jonathan Kramer Special la tk Jamal Rhinebeck coach Fred Francello looked down at the stat sheet after his team dropped a heartbreaking 62 - 66 overtime decision to Brlarcllff in Saturday's Saturday's Section One Class C basketball basketball quarterfinal tournament game. There were missed assignments. There were missed foul shots. There were comebacks. But most of all, there were missed opportunities. "We gave them the game." he said. "We found out. though, that we are a quality team. We simply lost to another quality team." BOYS' CLASS C BASKETBALL Brlarcllff Jumped out to an early 10 - 4 lead and all Indications were that the fourth - seeded Bears would run Rhinebeck right off the court. However, in the last 1 : 1 4 of the first quarter, the fifth - seeded Indians kept the visitors scoreless and Jumped out to a 11 - 10 lead. With Briarc'lffs 2 - 3 zone collapsing collapsing around center Eugene Nathan. Rhinebeck looked to its guards for scoring. Brian Bittner responded with six of his team - high 19 points in the second quarter to boost the Indians Indians to a 26 - 24 halftlme lead. The game remained close throughout throughout the second half as the lead changed on eight different occasions. occasions. Junior guard Larney Hunterwho ended up with 22 points, kept the Bears la the game with his twisting, off - balance shots. "We wanted to deny (Darryl) ; Webb the ball Inside, and as a result Hunter hurt us badly," Francello said. "He drove to the hoop with real authority." Webb, Briarclitr leading scorer, ended up with 14 points, five below bis average. . Briarcliff seemed to have the game In hand at 48 - 42 with under three minutes minutes remaining when Rob O'Han single - handedly brought Rhinebeck back. He scored three unanswered' basket basket and added a steal to draw Rhinebeck Rhinebeck even at 48 - 46. With 1:08 left In the game. Bittner hit both ends of a one - and - one to tie the game at 52 - 52. but Hunter answered answered back with a driving layup to put the Bears up by two again. Carl Hulle. who saw an extended amount of playing time because of his rebounding ability, hit one of two free throws with :42 seconds left and when Briarc'lffs James Harris turned the ball over, the Indians had a chance to go ahead. O'Han drove the lane and scored, but the basket was nullified when he was called for an offensive foul. Having Having to stop the clock, Rhinebeck fouled Hunter Intentionally, who converted converted only one free throw to put Briarcliff up SJ - SJ. "We set up a play designed to go to Bittner because he's our shooter, but my heart nearly stopped when I saw him pull up from 22 feet out," Francello Francello said. As the buzzer sounded, Bittners shot hit only net and the game went into overtime. The two teams traded baskets, but when O'Han fouled out with :)1 left In overtime, Rhinebeck no longer had anyone to run the offense and committed committed two turnovers In the last half - jiiinute, both of which led to Briar cliff baskets. "It certainly hurt not having Rob (O'Han) In that last minute." Francello Francello said, "but we could have ended the game la regulation so we can't look back now." "We have all the respect la the world for Rhinebeck," Briarctiff coach Gene Chadman taioVWith 40 seconds left In regulation, they were down by four and could have quit, but obviously they didn't "