NEWBURGH, NY – At first glance, it appeared that New Paltz was going to have a run away as the Huguenots went on a 14-0 run early in the Class A Sectional championship game against Saugerties Monday night at Mt. St. Mary College. Little did anyone know, at that point, that Saugerties would overcome an 18 point deficit and this game would turn into a three to five point swing of lead changes through regulation and three overtime periods before it was decided in a 78-77 New Paltz win.
The sectional championship is the first for the Hugeonots in ten seasons.
“It feels great”, said New Paltz sophomore Patrick Murphy, who scored the game winning basket on a free throw.
Saugerties eighth grader Dior Johnson led all scorers with 39 points. New Paltz junior Casey Burke scored 23, and New Paltz got some clutch and quality baskets from senior forward Mike Holohan, including a buzzer beating 3-pointer to force overtime. In fact, Holohan forced every overtime with a clutch score. Holohan finished with 18 points.
Both teams put it all out on the floor and weathered through fatigue and foul trouble throughout the course of the 60 minute high powered, fast paced, sectional championship thriller.
“It was a great atmosphere”, said New Paltz head coach Stuart Robinson. “Both teams gave it all they had and I’m just so proud and happy for our guys”.
Even after all of the long three pointers, and hard fought layups, the game came down to one foul shot in the third overtime by Patrick Murphy, to become the deciding factor. It was the only point scored in the final overtime as both teams were depleted by foul trouble and exhausted.
“It’s a dream come true”, said Murphy