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HARTSDALE, N.Y. — When Woodlands defeated Dobbs Ferry back in early January, the game served as a wakeup call for the Eagles.
"That loss really killed us," Dobbs Ferry sophomore Eric Paschall said. "It hurt real bad. Woodlands is a good team, but we didn't play well at all. We wanted to make up for it and get revenge."
Dobbs Ferry got that revenge on Monday afternoon, defeating Woodlands on the road, 68-61, to pull back into a tie for a share of the league title. The Eagles went on a 17-7 run at the beginning of the third quarter, which proved to be the difference in the game.
"This was a huge win for us," Dobbs Ferry coach Scott Patrillo said. "They got us pretty good at home so we wanted to come out and make up for it. This puts us back in a tie for the league and that's an important thing for us. We played tough mentally, which was a big thing for us after that loss, so we're very happy with the win."
Paschall led the way for the Eagles, scoring 21 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in one of his best games of the season so far.
He also had three thunderous two-handed dunks that changed the momentum of the game, including one to start the second half and ignite Dobbs Ferry's big third-quarter run.
"Eric is a special player," Patrillo said. "When the team works together Eric is going to get good looks and, in my tenure here, we haven't had someone who can finish quite the way he does. It's very nice and it's fun to watch."
Dobbs Ferry also got a big boost from its other two forwards in Thomas Fleming and John Yozzo-Scaperrotta. The two consistently found each other as well as Paschall and did the dirty work for Eagles inside.
"When we play well together, we are tough to stop," Paschall said. "We needed to come up big and play tough to win this game and we did."
Fleming finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Yozzo-Scaperrotta added 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Woodlands received a great effort from guard Andre Scipio. At times, Scipio single-handedly kept Woodlands in the game, scoring 21 of his game-high 31 points in the second half. During one stretch, Scipio scored 10 straight points for Woodlands, challenging players off the dribble play after play.
"Andre was the only guy that really had anything to give us tonight," Woodlands coach Bob Murphy said. "Most of what he got he kinda got straight up, just attacking five guys. He's so quick; I would have preferred that he got it on the wing after someone else touched it. But he's a scorer and basically that's what we were left with."
D'Andre Tilford was the only other Woodlands player in double figures, scoring 14 points including three 3-pointers.
After the game, both teams talked of upcoming Class B sectional tournament.
Woodlands feels that its one the top three teams in Class B and likes its chances against Dobbs Ferry again in a winner-take-all rematch.
"The bottom line is that (Dobbs Ferry) is too good a team to have to beat three times," Murphy said. "We're probably better than a team they'd want to have to beat three times. So this is great; we have a split and if we see them again, the best team wins."
Dobbs Ferry, on the other hand, will most likely have a top-two seed and, along with Woodlands and Albertus Magnus, will be one of the favorites to win Class B.
"We want that Gold Ball," Paschall said. "We have to beat everybody that comes through and take it game by game."
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