March 8, 2008

Red Devils Soar to State Finals

This Friday at Pace University, Class A state regional final showdown between the Peekskill Red Devils and Section 4's Oneonta Jackets was no contest. The three-time state champion team hammered Oneonta 89-32.

The games leaders of the night were Daquan Brickhouse and Ralph Watts with 19 points. Brickhouse had five assists, and three steals. Elliot Watson had 12 points and seven rebounds and Mookie Jones had 11 points and three blocks.

Oneonta had a good start in the first quarter, with Alex VanDeusen swishing a 3-pointer from the corner to start the game. Yet, that would not be enough to stop Brickhouse, with an assist to Jones for a lay-up followed by a quick lay-up for himself. Peekskill's skill level was no match for the Jackets ending the quarter up 15-8 after forcing six turnovers.

The Devils went on a shooting spree in the second quarter with 8-0. The Red Devils are now up with Watson scoring 8 points. The second quarter was over when Brickhouse fed the ball to Jones who made a spectacular two-handed dunk 27-11 ending the second quarter.

In the third, the Devils continued to pour on the points, increasing the lead to 30 and just about making every shot they took. The Peekskill team looked like they were practicing. Peekskill is still ahead 60-24 with 2:12 left in the third quarter. The games leading scorer Brickhouse ended the third finishing with the lay-up for Peekskill 67-26.

With 4:53 second left on the clock in the fourth quarter, Peekskill took all of their starters out of the game. The starters sat and watched their teammates increase the lead to 49 points. Before the third quarter began, this game was clearly over the Devils had five turnovers to Oneonta's 28. Oneonta proved to be no match for Peekskill who have earned a spot in Glens Falls.

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