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White Plains Overcomes Poughkeepsie in Slam Dunk

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Michael Scotman and Akeem Williams each hit two clutch free throws with less than a minute remaining Tuesday as the White Plains Tigers boys completed a second-half comeback to defeat Poughkeepsie 47-43 in the consolation game of the Slam Dunk Tournament at the Westchester County Center.

“We work a lot in practice on free throws,” Scotman said. “I’m a senior, so I go to the free throw line with poise. It’s an important part of the game, especially when it’s close like this was.”

The victory gave White Plains a 3-2 record so far this season and was the 300th victory of Spencer Mayfield's 19-year career as Tigers coach.

Scotman finished with a game-high 16 points, including 8 of 12 from the free throw line and teammate Anthony Williams, who grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, added 13 points and made 3 of his 4 free throws as the Tigers made 21 of 34 from the charity line.

Both teams started slow in the first quarter with Poughkeepsie holding an early 6-4 lead. The Pioneers employed a full-court press in the second quarter and forced several Tigers turnovers, but the Tigers transition defense did not allow the Pioneers to cash in. Poughkeepsie’s lead stayed at two points, 19-17, at halftime.

Poughkeepsie opened the second half with an 8-2 run, and took a 27-19 lead. The Tigers answered with an 11-4 run to draw within a point and the third quarter ended with Poughkeepsie up 33-30.

White Plains contained Poughkeepsie, especially in the second half, holding the Pioneers to 16 of 46 shooting from the field and just 24 second-half points. The Tigers did not have a lead until Darrell Everett hit a free throw with three minutes remaining to give his team a 38-37 lead.

“We made some adjustments on offense in the second half to deal with their 2-3 (zone) defense,” Scotman said. “We scored better and played good defense in the fourth quarter."

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