Dayi’on Thompson leads all Dutchess scorers
By Skip Pearlman
The Beacon High School boys’ basketball team hit the road on Sunday (Jan. 27) to take on New Paltz High School in the Officials vs. Cancer showcase at SUNY New Paltz.
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start but a strong third quarter led to a 67-61 victory and the squad’s 10th win against only four losses.
New Paltz led 19-16 after one quarter and 33–32 at halftime. But Beacon won the third quarter, 22–14, to take a seven-point lead over the Huguenots (10-3), who are ranked No. 23 among Class A schools in the state by the New York Sportswriters Association. (Beacon is unranked.)
“Anytime we take care of business on a college court, it’s a good win,” said Coach Scott Timpano. “We got some clutch free throws and shots and took care of the ball well down the stretch.”
Senior Aaron Davis led Beacon with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals. Junior Dayi’on Thompson, who is the leading scorer in Dutchess County with a 19.6 points-per-game average, added 16.
Junior Shane Green contributed 12 points and four rebounds off the bench, junior Tre Smith had 10 points and five rebounds, and senior Manny Garner recorded 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
“Green made two big 3-pointers and took two huge charges,” Timpano said. “He’s a hustle player. He also hit 4-of-4 free throws. Garner had a huge game for us — he does the dirty work — and Aaron and Dayi’on were phenomenal.”
Timpano also noted that senior Kai Jacketti had eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks. “He’s a defensive monster, and he’s been playing some great basketball,” he said.
After its games this week against Poughkeepsie (ranked No. 10 in Class A) and Hendrick Hudson were postponed due to weather, the Bulldogs are scheduled to travel to Lourdes today (Feb. 1) for a 6:15 p.m. tipoff and will host Hendrick Hudson on Monday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 p.m. Beacon defeated Lourdes at home earlier in the season, 64-52.