Wildcats fall short against Pioneers 76-71


The Johnson City Wildcats looked to punch their ticket to the final four, taking on #4 Poughkeepsie.

Senior Keith Harris doing his best to make sure this isn’t his final game.

He knocks down the long two there.

Then, Xavier Hill has the ball poked free.

He sticks with it though, gets it back, and he’s clear for take off.

A thunderous two-handed jam for the junior.

Hill going to work again.

He helped JC lead into the 4th quarter before Poughkeepsie came alive.

Wildcats trailing here when Dean VanFossen knocked down a huge three to tie the game at 68.

But, Niyal Goins banks home a three with just over a minute to go to put the Pioneers up by three.

Cats trying to claw back.

Hill hits a three to get them within two.

Part of a monstrous 31 point outing for Xavier.

JC gave the fourth-ranked Pioneers all they could handle.

But in the end, Poughkeepie wins it 76-71.

After addressing his team post game, Wildcats head coach Bill Spalik shared what he told his team in the locker room.

“I just told them I couldn’t be any more proud of their effort today, their composure. I thought that they represented themselves well, their families well, Section IV well. I was really proud of their effort,” he says.

Poughkeepsie moves on to the final four to face Manhasset.

Only one Section IV boy’s team made it into the semifinals, that was Marathon of Class D.

They’ll face Harrisville on Saturday at 2:30 pm in the arena.

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