Newburgh over Washingtonville seemed like a good bet, say, after the first quarter.
The host Goldbacks led 16-3 afte the first session. When the demolition was over, fourth-seeded Newburgh had put away a hot Washingtonville team 62-36 in the Section 9 Class AA quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
In the closing minutes of the game, Newburgh fans began chanting, asking for a shot at Kingston. The Goldbacks will get it in a made-for-Varsity845 showdown at Kingston at 7 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
The Goldbacks (12-5) spilt a pair of meetings with Kingston this season. Kingston has won 12 in a row since losing to Newburgh 57-56 on Dec. 19. The Tigers put away Newburgh 81-60 at Kate Walton Fieldhouse on Feb. 1.
Right now, I don’t know if there is a tougher place to play in Section 9 than Kingston. The Tigers routinely blew teams sky high out of Kate Walton Fieldhouse this season. Newburgh played one of its best games of the year against Washingtonville, which had won eight out of nine. The Wizards almost took out John S. Burke Catholic last week.
At Kingston, Newburgh might have to dial it up another notch. Stay tuned.
In other highlights from Wednesday night, Nelson Fernandez scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in S.S. Seward’s 72-37 win over Fallsburg in the Class C semifinals. Point guard Rakkir Watson scored 14 points for Fallsburg and ends his career with 1,002 points.
Here’s to Roosevelt. The Dutchess County school has received some flack for getting the No. 2 seed in AA. I get it. Roosevelt is the only AA school in the Mid-Hudson Athletic League.
But Roosevelt backed up its seed with a convincing 60-33 win over seventh-seeded Warwick. Roosevelt hosts the defending Class AA champions, Middletown, on Friday. As far as the seeding goes, someone is always going to complain about the format. Leave it as it is because it works
John A. Coleman Catholic overwhelmed Eldred 74-31 in the Section 9 Class D championship. Coleman Catholic forced 37 turnovers against Eldred, making its first appearance in the D championship since 1995. Dino Celadon finished with a game-high 17 points for Coleman Catholic.