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Bombers basketball loses to Red Raiders in Regional Semi-Finals

PINE PLAINS — Even with the rise of coronavirus cases occurring throughout the state, the Pine Plains varsity boys basketball team was ready to challenge Alexander Hamilton High School on the court during the Class C Regional Semi-Final game on Tuesday, March 11.

The game was originally scheduled to take place at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Newburgh, on Friday, March 6, only to be postponed until Tuesday, March 11, and moved to Alexander High School in Elmsford as a result of the coronavirus. Taking precautionary measures, no spectators were allowed at the game apart from Pine Plains Athletic Director Robert Scott, Pine Plains Superintendent of Schools Martin Handler, Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School Principal Tara Grieb, Pine Plains Athletic Trainer Charles VanDeBogart and the varsity boys basketball team staff.

However, the game was streamed online via LocalLive so that families could watch from the comfort of their homes.

The Hamilton Red Raiders gained an early lead at 4-0 over the Pine Plains Bombers within the first few minutes of the first quarter. With 2 minutes left in the first quarter, the Red Raiders dominated the game, 20-2 over the Bombers. Pine Plains attempted to keep ahead of Hamilton and managed to score 4 points before the end of the quarter.

The Red Raiders maintained the lead, scoring 28-7 in the first half. Competing for Pine Plains, Zach Funk scored two consecutive 3-pointers. Logan Lydon scored 6 points and four rebounds for Pine Plains; his teammate, Adam Funk, scored a 3-pointer before the buzzer. Though the Bombers fought to catch up, they were still behind the Red Raiders 20-42 by halftime.

Hamilton held the lead at 63-29 with less than 2 minutes left of the third quarter, though Zach Funk brought the Bombers’ score up to 31 before the end of the quarter.

By the final buzzer, the Red Raiders were declared the victors, winning 83-36 over the Bombers.

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