Pine Bush owned the paint in Cornwall Monday, Jan. 4, and the home team’s Jason Bailey owned the three-point line, but the Bushmen had five score in double figures as they routed the Dragons 74-44.
“We’re sharing the basketball. That’s the key to this game,” said Steve Distefano, Pine Bush’s coach.
Marquis Johnson led Pine Bush’s quintet in doubles with 17 points, and Justin Powell and Mason Memmelaar each scored 14 points, neither landing a three. Bryan Powell scored 11 points with a three, and Brandon Powell, his twin brother, scored 10 points with a pair of threes as the Bushmen went 10 for 15 from the foul line.
Cornwall’s Bailey led all scorers on both teams with 26 points, while dropping seven threes as the Bushmen packed the inside and allowed the lone Dragon to score in double figures.
“There’s not one guy that’s going to beat five, but if we have guys who can play together and be unselfish, good things are going to happen,” said Distefano as the Bushmen improved to 8-0.
After a pair of crossover games last week with Washingtonville and Minisink, the Bushmen play Middletown Jan. 14, Kingston, a team they already beat in December, Jan. 20, and NFA Jan. 22, during a series of important league games.
“We will start to get into some crossover and league games. That will be the real test,” said Distefano. “There’s always little things that will make the difference in games, and that’s what we have to work on.”
By Bond Brungard