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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Same exact spot, almost identical score …. But this time a different outcome for coach Jim Santoro and the Our Lady of Lourdes High School boys’ basketball team.
On Tuesday night, OLL had a 42-28 lead on Arlington entering the fourth quarter and blew it, scoring only six points and falling to the Admirals by three. On Wednesday night, the Warriors had a 40-30 lead on Franklin D. Roosevelt entering the fourth quarter and thoughts of déjà vu.
“Tonight we learned and we held our composure,” Santoro said after the Warriors beat the Presidents, 62-44, in a consolation round game of the 23rd annual Dutchess County Coaches Association Holiday Tournament. “Because we defended well, we were able to turn around and execute on the other end.”
Unlike the Arlington game, OLL didn’t wither. In fact, it didn’t give FDR a chance to get back in the game. Lourdes opened the final period with a Kelby Santoro three-pointer and a layup sandwiched around a Nick Porter power layup, as the Warriors quickly extended the 10-point advantage to 47-30. Roosevelt was never closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Porter, the widebody big man who has missed all or parts of three games this year after twice rolling his ankle, led all scorers with 23 points – 16 of them coming on offensive rebounds as he asserted himself and continually established position in the paint all night.
“He’s a monster out there. He takes up a lot of space and he’s extremely strong,” Santoro said. “Because he’s so strong, he gets great position. And most importantly he’s persistent.”
“I was jut happy to be back,” Porter said. “The ankle is fine. I’m wearing the brace and it feels good.”
Asked about his prowess around the basket, Porter said much of it comes from repetition.
“We work on it every day in practice,” the 6-foot-2 junior said. “For me, it’s just a matter of using my body and getting position.”
Lourdes never trailed in the game, opening a 9-0 lead on a Chris Metz three-pointer and layup. FDR’s Derek Hart broke the schneid for the Presidents with a power move to make it 9-2, but OLL led by nine after both of the first two quarters.
Felix Riascos and Aaron Strother both had eight points for FDR.
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