Millbrook edges out Pine Plains in big rivalry match
MILLBROOK â€” Millbrook High Schoolâ€™s boys varsity basketball had to fight all game long but came away with the win over Stissing Mountain High School, 64-53, on Thursday, Jan. 6.
Millbrook standout senior Evan Hurley scored a game-high 24 points for the Blazers, who improved to 5-2 on the season. Also putting points on the board for Millbrook were Dan Blayney with 16 and Andrew Gartelmann with 10.
For the Pine Plains team, sophomore Justin Cooper and junior Rob Lamont both tallied 16 points as the Bombers fell to 5-2.
Stissing Mountain coach Brendan LoBrutto said he was happy with his teamâ€™s effort, but it was just an off night for his players.
â€œI even remember when I played, Pine Plains versus Millbrook was always a big rivalry,â€ he said. â€œIt makes it fun and exciting, especially being between two small towns. Moving over to Section 9, I think we lost a little bit of that, playing schools all the way down to Ellenville. But when we do meet up, the rivalry is definitely still there.â€
Stissing Mountainâ€™s other loss this season was to Red Hook. LoBrutto said the losses are always a learning experience for his team.
â€œThey keep us hungry,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ll be interested to see how we respond to this in our next game and the next couple. Youâ€™re not going to win them all, but there were a lot of positives that came out even though we didnâ€™t get the win. We still have a lot to work on.â€