Hawks top Wildcats, 54-46, in boys basketball as Rhinebeck explodes for 40 points in the second half

It was a tale of two halves on Jan. 4 when the Rhinebeck Hawks hosted the Millbrook Wildcats in a dynamic basketball game that saw Rhinebeck throw down 40 points in the second half to clinch a 54-46 victory. Millbrook opened the first quarter scoring eight unanswered points and the Hawks were on their heels until 3:45 when Paul Henke ended Millbrook’s shutout by scoring a lay-up under pressure. Rhinebeck managed just one more field goal to close the first quarter at 14-4.

The Rhinebeck offense arrived in the second quarter scoring 10 and cutting the lead to 8. Putting in John Walsh, Rhinebeck’s big man, gave them an advantage down low, and he proved to be a reliable source of points — 12 for the game. The score at the half was 22-14 Wildcats.

The third quarter was an offensive one for both teams, with Rhinebeck scoring 20 to Millbrook’s 16. And the fourth quarter was all Rhinebeck. Millbrook fouled down the stretch but it was to no avail, Rhinebeck sank the necessary shots and escaped with a 54-46 win.

Rhinebeck coach David Aierostok told The Observer, “I feel good, because we lost to them last week, we fought through a little adversity tonight and we didn’t score well in the first half. And the guys scored 40 after the half, and they looked great. It was a good win for us.”

The top scorers for Rhinebeck were Matthews with 17 and Henke with 13. Top scorers for Millbrook were Justin Simmons with 19 and Chris Camaj with 12.

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