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Rodriguez' 3 Free Throws Lift Admirals

Posted Sunday, February 19, 2012 by Poughkeepsie Journal

Arlington High School’s Gio Rodriguez picked exactly the right time to score his only points of the game.

Fouled beyond the three-point arc with 4.1 seconds left and his team trailing by a point, Rodriguez hit all three free throws to lift No. 6 Arlington to a 44-42 win over No. 11 Horace Greeley in the first round of the Section 1 Class AA tournament in Freedom Plains.

Rodriguez, who was playing his first game back from a three-week academic suspension, did not hit a field goal in the contest.

“It was good for him,” Arlington coach Matt Hoyt said. “When you’re not shooting well, you can get a little down on yourself. He was still confident enough to knock down the shot.”

Arlington’s leading scorer, Mike Scocozza, was held scoreless. Dan Kane led the Admirals with a game-high 17 points, while Brian Brocker chipped in 14.

“I thought their defense gave us a lot of trouble,” Hoyt said. “On our defensive end, boxing out, it was a whole team effort. Kane did a great job on Greeley’s leading scorer, Harrison Brown, who still had 15 points, but he really made him work.”

Up next for the Admirals is a quarterfinal matchup at No. 3 Mahopac at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Mahopac defeated Arlington, 67-59, on Dec. 3 at Lakeland High School’s Carolyn Conroy Tournament.

“We need to rebound better,” Hoyt said. “When we played them down there, it was a tight game. We were winning at the half and they came out in the third quarter, and a lot of those points came off rebounds.”

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