Middletown. Monroe-Woodbury defeats Middletown 72-68 in overtime

| 17 Jan 2023 | 03:11

Saturday, January 14 at Middletown High School T

The Crusaders traveled to Middletown High School on Saturday, Jan. 14, to face the Middies in an important boys varsity basketball league match.

The Crusaders entered the game with a 6-3 record after losing to Newburgh in their last game 71-52.

The Middies beganthe game with a 6-5 record after beating Valley Central in their last game 58-50.

The Middies got off to a 16-9 first quarter lead while Senior Kyle McDermott helped keep the Crusaders close by scoring four of his nine points in the game.

In the second quarter, Jankarlos Mendoza got the Crusaders offense going while he scored 10 of his 19 in the game. The Middies’ lead was down to 1 point at the half.

The Middies began to pull away again in the third quarter but Christopher Pearson scored six of his 16 in the game to keep the Crusaders close.

Near the start of the fourth quarter, with the Crusaders down by seven, Head Coach Jim Hahn looked for a spark to get the Crusaders back into the game.

Liam Gallagher was that spark. The senior came off the bench and hit three three-point shots.

And at that point, you could feel the momentum of the game change.

The Crusaders charged back, battling to a 60-60 tie at the end of regulation.

The overtime started with Gallagher stealing the ball and scoring. Darrel Davis added four points down in the paint and the Crusaders came away with a 72-68 overtime victory.

The win brings the Crusaders’ record to 7-3. The team will host Pine Bush in their next game.

- William Dimmit