The Red Hook Raiders have struggled a bit in the second half of the season with a five-game losing streak in January. However, they seem to have turned the corner this month and gone 4-1, losing only to Marlboro on the road.
One of those wins was a lopsided, 54-26, home victory against Highland Feb. 13 at the Jack Lewis Gymnasium in Red Hook.
There was no sign of a blowout in the first quarter. Highland, stronger on the boards, gave the Raiders trouble in the inside while Red Hook played small ball. The Raiders relied on ball movement and outside shooting, including an open, sunk three-pointer each for Mike Rogers and Paddy Parr. The quarter ended 10-10.
Red played some unsuccessful trap defense to open up the third. Dennis Hare buried Red Hook’s first field goal of the quarter at 5:31 to make the score 12-10, Red Hook leading. Luke White scored a three-point play on short turnaround hook shot; with the basket, Red Hook went up 15-12 and wouldn’t lose the lead for the rest of the game.
“The second half the kids played like we’ve wanted them to play all year,” Red Hook head coach Matt Hayes told The Observer. “We’ve shown it in spurts, but this is the first time in a long time we’ve been able to do it.”
In the third, the blowout began. Parr scored a three from another zip code at 7:18 and flushed a two point field goal on a spinning jumper from the stripe at 6:23. Rogers put the finishing touch on the quarter, scoring a three after a dish from Parr at 1:29; he had nine points on the quarter.
The Raiders managed to hold the Huskies to four points in the fourth quarter. Rogers, Parr, Michitsch, White, and Coleman all scored from the field in the period.
“We held them to 10 points in the second half, we pushed the ball offensively – it was nice to see what we’re able to do. Hopefully, it’s something to build on,” Hayes said.
Rogers led all scorers with 19 points on the night.