Goldbacks cruise past winless Pine Bush
They had beat Kingston by a point earlier in the week at home without going into overtime. When the Newburgh boys basketball team traveled to Pine Bush Friday, Dec. 21, they came out strong, leading 40-16 at the half.
By the end of the third quarter, the lead had shrunk to 53-32, as the Bushmen gnawed into the lead after they outscored the Goldbacks 16-13 in the third quarter. Still the lead was comfortable, and the Goldbacks cruised to victory 73-46.
“We have to find a way to play four quarters strong. We get in these little funks where we take our foot off the pedal,” said Matt Brown, Newburgh’s coach, after his team improved to 3-2. “We have to find a way to keep it going. We have to execute better for four quarters.”
Donovan Fields, who led Newburgh with 15 points, scored nine points in the first half as the Goldbacks jumped out fast, never having to look back. Ja’kwan Jones, Jordan Cabell and Robert Mills each added 12 points for a foursome in double figures; Mills downed a pair of threes during the Goldbacks’ 20-point fourth quarter.
Two nights earlier, Pine Bush hosted Marlboro, the Section IX, Class A and MHAL champs a year ago, and lost 76-42. Despite falling behind early to Newburgh, Stephen Distefano, Pine Bush’s coach, was happy with the way his team played in the second half against Newburgh.
“We saw signs of improvement tonight,” said Distefano.“We had a little aggression in there. We definitely played better.”
Antonio Brown, who led Pine Bush with 17 points, scored eight points in the third quarter, going 4/4 from the foul line. Pete Fortes scored 13 points for Pine Bush, while scoring four points in the third quarter and then dropping a three in the fourth quarter.
“People are starting to take over, and that’s what happened in the second half,” said Distefano.“It was an improvement, and that’s what we’re looking for right now.”
Pine Bush dropped to 0-6.
By Bond Brungard