WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY – The Spackenkill Spartans put on a week long show in the Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament, beating Class Arlington on Wednesday, Beacon on Thursday, and Poughkeepsie Saturday evening for the school’s first ever win of this holiday tournament. The Spartans received 45 points and 18 rebounds from their big man, Kyiev Bennermon, to help outlast the Poughkeepsie Pioneers 80-76.
“I’m from Poughkeepsie and I go with all those guys, those are my bros”, said Bennermon “I already knew how all of them played so before we started I let my teammates know each one of their strengths and weaknesses.”
Bennermon received tournament MVP honors and started this game with 15 points in the first quarter to give Spackenkill an early 22-18 lead. Poughkeepsie scratched back in the second and took a 39-37 lead into the half time locker room.
The Pioneers went on a 11-2 run to start off the third quarter behind Davontrey Thomas’ three 3-pointers giving Poughkeepsie a 10 point lead; the biggest lead of the game. Spackenkill came back with a swarming defense and control of the boards thanks to Bennermon’s 18 rebounds on the night. Bennermon also scored 14 points in the third quarter and finished the game with another 10 points in the 4th quarter. Key three pointers by Ryan Lo, Connor Lee, Andrew Moreira, and Brian Helfman helped Spackenkill keep the Pioneers at bay.
“We’re hitting our stride right now”, said senior guard Brian Helfman, “a lot of people are finding their roles, so we’re able to put some points on the board and it really helps our defense out a lot”.
Upon being named the Tournament MVP, Bennermon said, “Our defense is tremendous, the guys on the bench keep me going, so it’s all thanks to the bench and my team.”
First year head coach Bill Murin was pleased with the team’s progress so far this season,”It’s been a great start. After losing to Fallsburg and then coming back with six tough wins, especially, here. We were riding under the radar, and now we have some targets on our backs”.
Poughkeepsie’s Junior forward Davontrey Thomas scored 32 for the Pioneers and teammate Niyal Goins had 18 with four 3-pointers.
Thomas and Brian Helfman were named to the All-Tournament team.