Wappingers Falls, NY – Day two of the Duane Davis memorial Holiday Tournament matched Spackenkill against Arlington in the first of three games on the night. This game turned out to be a barn burner in the second half with the Spartans pulling out a 70-69 win behind a one two punch of Spartan seniors, Kyiev Bennermon and Brian Helfman.
Spackenkill charged out to a 21-19 lead at the end of the first quarter but Arlington stormed back thanks to a 10-0 run and led 42-31 at halftime, behind Reuben Greene’s 16 points in the first half. Green finished with 21, but was held to just five points in the second half.
The second half of the game was where Spackenkill’s adjustments paid off. “We went small in the second half”, said Spackenkill head coach Bill Murin. “We were able to slow down their transition and when they were in a half court we were able to get stops”.
Kyiev Bennermon scored 15 points in the third quarter alone, and was a perfect 5 for 5 from the foul line. He finished the game with 34 points. “We never put our heads down”, said Bennermon “My team just tries to get me the ball and I try to score, but I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them”, Bennermon added. The senior center recently signed his letter of intent to play football at Boston College in the fall.
Brian Helfman wasn’t far behind his teammate, scoring 14 first half points and finishing the night with 21. “That’s not too bad”, said Helfman as he looked over the score book after the game. “Last year I think I was averaging 2.1 points a game”, he said with a laugh.
“Spackenkill played a good offensive game”, commented Arlington head coach Matt Hoyt, “but we were sloppy on defense and you won’t win many games giving up 70 points”.
Arlington had four players in double digits. Aside from Greene’s 21 points, Tommy Doyle finished with 11, as did Isaiah Kostyal and Nico Bossero.
Spackenkill moves on to face Beacon in the tournament semi finals at 8pm Thursday night, as the tournament continues with three more games at Ketcham High School beginning at 4:30 pm.
Arlington will play on Friday at 6:15 at Our Lady of Lourdes High School.