Stingy Blind Brook defense smothers Dobbs Ferry in B quarters
Blind Brook didn’t disguise its defensive game plan against Dobbs Ferry on Wednesday night. The Trojans never really have to.
The relentless and discplined Blind Brook defensive unit packed in a zone in the Section 1 Class B quarterfinal and gradually sucked the life out of the Dobbs Ferry offense. Jake DiGiasansante was the catalyst on both ends, scoring a game-high 18 points, in the 48-40 win at Blind Brook.
“We were trying to slow them down and play at our pace,” said DiGiansante, a senior and 1,000-point scorer. “If we got into a full-court, we’d probably be outnumbered a bit. So we stuck to the game plan and kept it at a half-court set.”
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Fourth-seeded Blind Brook (17-5) secured a trip to the Westchester County Center on Monday for the Section 1 Class B semifinals. The Trojans will take on top-seed Putnam Valley at 8:15 p.m.
The Trojans were beaten at home by Putnam Valley, 47-36, on Jan. 22.
Blind Brook and fifth-seeded Dobbs Ferry were tied at 14-14 early in the second quarter before the Trojans defense clamped down. The Eagles managed only three points over the next 5:10 before Dimaunie Meredith nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Blind Brook led 25-20 at the break.
But the Trojans held Dobbs to just four third-quarter points and broke the gane open early in the fourth.
“That was our goal: to get them frustrated and out of the flow of their game,” DiGiansante said. “We were able to take advantage of that.”
Mike Bucci had nine points and seven assists and DiGiansante contributed eight rebounds in the win.