Marlboro High School's boys basketball team trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, but held on for a 68-62 overtime win over Pine Plains in the Danny "Butterfly" Washington Showcase on Saturday at Newburgh Free Academy.
Alex Smith had six points in the overtime period for Marlboro and was 4 for 4 from the free-throw line in the extra session. The game was a rematch of last year's Mid-Hudson Athletic League championship, which was also won by Marlboro.
Tyler Terpening (game-high 23 points) hit five 3-pointers for Marlboro (2-0), including two in the second quarter and two in the fourth quarter.
Marlboro trailed by as many as nine points in the third quarter, but was able to take a 57-54 lead on a Matt Tamburri four-point play.
"I never had a four-point play before. That was a first for me," Tamburri said. "It was really big for us. We both had similar teams in the MHAL championships last year. We tried to come out and play hard. We did in the second half especially."
"I had a feeling it was going in and then when I heard the whistle, I got kind of pumped obviously," Marlboro coach Mike Koehler said.
Tyler Lydon hit a free throw for Pine Plains and Justin Cooper sank a layup to send the game into overtime.
Koehler was pleased with the Iron Dukes' resolve to come from behind.
"Terp's shooting was unbelievable and it was contagious," Koehler said. "The defense in the third and fourth quarter was huge."
"I think it makes a statement for our season," Terpening said. "I felt amazing. I just kept getting my confidence up."
Pine Plains (0-1) held a halftime lead of 26-22. The Bombers were led by senior Zach Lydon (22 points), senior Justin Cooper (20 points) and junior Tyler Lydon (13 points).
"This game we didn't play as smart as we should have, but we gave up a lot of 3s," Zach Lydon said. "Overall, I think it was a good game. It's good to get the loss out of the way now and not later in sectionals."
Pine Plains coach Brendan LoBrutto said Marlboro's clutch shooting was the difference down the stretch.
"They hit some big 3s toward the end," LoBrutto said. "We missed some big free throws and had mental errors. They hit big shots when they needed to."
Cooper and starters Adam Miller and Dakota Piazzi all fouled out before the end of the game for Pine Plains.
"It was a tough loss," Cooper said. "We got in foul trouble early. A couple of our key guys had to sit. They hit big buckets."