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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — What’s it like to be so scorching hot, so in the zone, with the basketball? Ask Andrew Michos.
Spackenkill High School’s talented senior guard scored a career-high 25 points in just two-and-a-half quarters, leading the Spartans to a 71-51 romp over John Jay-EF in the consolation round of the 23rd annual Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Holiday Tournament.
Spackenkill finished the tournament at 2-1 – pretty impressive considering the Class B Spartans played three Class AA schools in beating Franklin D. Roosevelt, losing to tournament champion Arlington, and crushing Jay.
Michos used his quick release to burn the Patriots repeatedly from long range, banging six three-pointers. And it happened in a flash. Jay led 6-4 two minutes into the first quarter; two minutes into the second quarter, Spackenkill had a 33-12 lead, thanks to a 16-0 run at one point.
“This feels really good, especially coming off four, five games where I considered myself to be in a slump,” said Michos, whose previous career high was 15 points.
Twenty of his 25 points came in the first half.
“I felt like I was in a slump," Michos added. "It just feels good to help the team. Shooters are on and off, and today was just an ‘on’ day. Shooters shoot through slumps.”
Asked about beating a Class AA team for the second time in three nights, Michos said, “It’s impressive in my mind because they have so many kids to pick from. I think it’s a big deal and I think it’s going to help us down the road.”
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