WICCOPEE, NY – The Arlington Admirals knew if they were to have a shot at winning this rivalry game and conference opener, they would have to shut down Aiden Hilderbrand, John Jay’s top shooter. Well, there really is no “shutting down” Aiden Hilderbrand, but the Admirals did a great job of containing him in Arlington’s 54-45 win at John Jay high school Tuesday night.
“Props to him (Aiden) but he couldn’t score”, noted Reuben Greene. Hilderbrand still scored in double digits with 11 points.
Greene led all scorers with 19 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line. In fact, Arlington picked up 14 points at the charity stripe going 14-17 from the line. Jay was 7 for 11 from the line.
The Patriots found themselves in a quick 6-0 hole as Arlington jumped out with a high energy offense and swarming defense. “Offensively, things were a grind all night”, commented Jay head coach Terry Feeley. Normally, a high percentage 3-point shooting team, Jay was held to just two three pointers in the game; both coming from Tommy DiRusso.
Arlington went into the locker room with a 33-20 lead at halftime. John Jay came out of the halftime locker room with a renewed purpose and outscored Arlington in the second half 25-21, but a late 11-2 run by Arlington preserved the win.
Nico Bossero scored 17 for the Patriots and Danny Duffy added 13 points. Isaiah Rullo was John Jay’s leading scorer with 17 points. Tommy DiRusso had two three pointers, Jay’s only three pointers of the game.
“They;re a really good team this year”, said Arlington head coach Matt Hoyt, “We got that first game, but I know its going to be another tough one when they come to our place”.
The two teams will meet at Arlington high school on Thursday, January 25th, at 6 p.m.