Undefeated Pine Bush tested by Kingston in comeback win

Bryan Powell could only watch as Kingston held onto the lead in OCIAA Division I battle of unbeaten and state-ranked team Thursday night in Pine Bush.

Powell, Pine Bush’s 6-5 senior forward, picked up his third foul on a drive by Kingston’s Chris Wright with 3:36 left in the third quarter. Wright sank both free throws, extending Kingston’s lead to 49-45.

Then, Brandon Powell, Bryan’s twin, took over the game, hitting two deep 3-pointers in a span of 30 seconds. After Kingston’s David Jackson was assessed a technical foul, Brandon Powell hit two free throws to give Pine Bush a one-point lead. Brandon Powell hit two more free throws 27 seconds later and then fed Mason Memmelaar for a layup. Pine Bush, which jumped out to an 11-4 lead and trailed by as many 14 points in the second quarter, had come all the way back and would never trail again in an 81-69 win.

“The crowd gave me energy,” said Brandon Powell, who dropped in 13 of his 31 points in the third quarter. Powell scored 21 in the second half. “The players on the bench were pushing me and gave me energy on the court. In the first half, we were down and we had our heads down.”

One of players cheering from the bench was Bryan Powell.

“Brandon was really feeling it from around the arc,” said Bryan Powell, who had 24 points. “He really picked it up big time for us. Offensively, he was our main focus point at that time. He has the skill. He has the mental capability. He’s very smart with the ball. It’s hard to stop him from doing what he wants to do when he has the ball.”

Wright hit three of five first-half 3-pointers and Brian Moore added nine points in a 26-18 second quarter for Kingston.

Pine Bush made a defensive adjustment on Kingston’s 3-point shooting in the second half, holding the Tigers to three trifectas.

“We were giving up a lot of jump shots and a lot of 3-pointers, that’s why we were down so much,” Brandon Powell said. “We played smarter defense in the second half. We knew all they wanted to do was shoot threes and we knew we had to make them penetrate.”

The Powell twins, senior Mason Memmelaar and Latrell Lemmount, who finished Pine Bush’s 30-point third quarter with a 3-pointers, made a statement that the road to the Section 9 Class AA title will go through the defending champions.

Kingston was unable to cut into Pine Bush’s lead in the fourth quarter with its starting backcourt of Damani Thomas, who was in foul trouble, and Wright, who went down with an injury late in the third quarter, on the bench.

Pine Bush completed the week 2-0 after knocking off Middletown 74-63 on the road Tuesday. The Bushmen, which won their first 21 games last season, are off to 6-0 start and are ranked 16th in the state among Class AA teams.

“Our team has a lot to learn from this game,” said Bryan Powell said. “They (Kingston) taught us a lot about ourselves. We just have to fix what we did wrong and be ready for the next time we play them.

Pine Bush and Kingston (6-0, No. 23 in state) meet on Feb. 1 at Kate Walton Field House in Kingston.

Pine Bush 81, Kingston 69
Tyquan Watson 0 0-0 0; Brian Moore 8 3-3 20; Chris Wright 8 4-5 27; Fritz Genther 1 0-0 2; Damani Thomas 3 3-3 10; Garrett Warnecke 1 2-4 4; James Moot 2 0-2 4; Thomas Huleatt 0 2-4 2; Daniel Jackson 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 14-21 69.’

Tylil Flores 0 0-0 0; Kevin O’Brien 0 0-0 0; Brandon Powell 8 9-10 31; Anthony Potts 1 0-0 2; Tristan Duck 0 0-0 0; Kyle Jaloszynski 0 0-0 0; Rhyan Smith 0 3-4 3; Nikko Guzman 0 0-0 0; Latrell Lemmount 3 0-0 8; Bryan Powell 10 4-6 24; Jaquill Oglesby 1 0-0 2; Mason Memmelaar 5 1-2 11. Totals 28 17-22 81.

Kingston 14 26 14 15-69
Pine Bush 14-18-30-19-81

3-pointers: Kingston – Wright 7, Moore 1, Thomas 1; Pine Bush – Brandon Powell 6, Lemmount 2. Fouled out – Moot.

VIDEO:┬áBrandon Powell on his second-half explosion and Pine Bush’s comeback win

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