Class B championship recap: Marlboro beats rival Highland

MIDDLETOWN – The intense rivalry that is Marlboro vs. Highland was revisited on Saturday on a big stage: The Section 9 Class B boys’ basketball championship game.

As expected, it was intense, hard-fought and included some drama. Fourth-seeded Marlboro held off a late run by rival Highland and earned a 55-46 win in front of about 1,500 fans at SUNY Orange. Marlboro, which won its second Class B title in three years, moves on to play Woodlands of Westchester County in the first round of the state playoffs at 3 p.m. Wednesday at SUNY Purchase.

Marlboro vs. Highland for the Class B championship served as a rubber match in the intense season series. Marlboro (15-6) defeated Highland 49-43 on Jan. 6. Highland came back to beat the Iron Dukes 56-48 10 days later.

Marlboro appeared to have the latest showdown wrapped up, leading the third-seeded Huskies by 12 points midway through the fourth quarter. Highland (15-6), seeking its first Section 9 title, cut the lead to six points three different times late in the game.

With Marlboro leading 52-46 with 37.3 seconds left, Julian Allen converted one of two free throws. Dumas put the game away with two free throws with 21.4 seconds remaining. Allen had 11 points for Marlboro, which defeated top-seeded and defending champion Spackenkill in the semifinals, Tyler Banks scored 10 and Damien Lowe added nine.

Here is what Dumas and Lowe had to say after the game:

The Iron Dukes have won six of their last seven games. Marlboro has only played two Class B teams this season – Highland and Spackenkill. The rest of Marlboro’s opponents have been Class AA and A schools. Nick Palmatier scored 15 points for Highland and Cory Garcia added 12.

Check back for more on Marlboro’s big win on Varsity845.com.

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