Raiders trip in Section 9 opener

There were signs of life in the fourth quarter. The Raiders got the crowd up after an early three-party—two triples from Parr and one from Rodgers—and cut the Saugerties’ lead to 9 points. But the elation didn’t last long. Saugerties flushed six points after Red Hook’s scoring run, and in spite of some last-minute heroics from Rodgers, who scored two baskets between 2:12 and 1:55, and White, who went gung-ho on the boards in the last minutes and buried another long two-pointer at 1:38, the Raiders couldn’t close the gap.

Red Hook head coach Matt Hayes sat his seniors with 15 seconds left on the clock, soliciting a standing ovation from the crowd.

“We spent some time talking about the individuals of the senior class, everything they did for us this year,” Hayes told The Observer of his post-game powwow with his players. “I thanked them. I’m an outsider. I didn’t have any connection with these guys, but they respected what I tried to do with them anyway. They work hard. They respect themselves. They represent their school and their families very well, and they’re a great group to be around.”

Rodgers led all Red Hook scorers, with 16 points.

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