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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – It was a day after he would have liked it, but Spencer Mayfield has his 300th White Plains victory.
White Plains defeated Poughkeepsie 47-43 in comeback fashion to give the legendary head coach the milestone victory in the consolation game of the Slam Dunk Tournament on Tuesday. White Plains trailed 33-30 heading into the fourth quarter but outscored the Pioneers 17-10 in the fourth to grab the win.
“It’s a tribute to all my former players and assistant coaches,” said Mayfield, who is in his 19th season at White Plains. “A lot of people put a lot into this program; a lot of those guys were all in. That’s what it’s about; it’s not really about me. It’s about the program, these kids and the former players that played for me.”
White Plains’ Michael Scotman led all scorers with 16 points and hit two big free-throws to put the Tigers up three with 35 seconds remaining. He was 8 for 12 from the line for the game.
“We adjusted well to their zone and made some changes in the second half,” Scotman said. “I’m very happy for coach Mayfield; it’s a great accomplishment and he deserves it.”
Anthony Williams scored 13 points, including a free-throw to put the Tigers up four with six seconds remaining, and also had 11 rebounds. Akeem Williams added nine points and Darrell Everett provided a spark for the Tigers late in the game.
“Coach Mayfield has made me a much better player,” Anthony Williams said. “I’m very happy for him. Playing for him isn’t like anything I’ve ever done; he makes you work hard and play harder and that’s why he has all of these wins.”
Poughkeepsie’s D’Andre Smith and Jermar Dancy each scored 10 points and Devin Lawrence had five points and nine rebounds in the loss.
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