March 3, 2013

B'town captures first title in more than decade

PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown crowd breathed a sigh of relief after Keegan Ryan pulled down a rebound and Justin Stevens connected on a free throw to end Peru’s comeback attempt.

The Eagles captured their first Section VII Class B title since 1996-97 as they held off the Indians, 59-54, Saturday at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

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Beekmantown will take on Section II’s Watervliet Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at the Plattsburgh State Field House in the regional semifinals.

“I feel like this is a long time coming,” Eagles coach Ryan Converse said. “I feel really good for the kids.

“The kids have worked really hard and they are a great group. I really wanted this for those guys.”

Beekmantown had built a 49-36 lead after three quarter before Peru’s Hunter Bruno began to take over.

Bruno did all that he could, hitting one unbelievable shot after another to pull the Indians within one point.

“He hit some unbelievable shots,” Converse said. “They weren’t open looks; all of those shots were contested. He was in the zone and pulled them back into the game.”

After Greg Manney hit a pair of free throws to give the Eagles a three-point lead, Bruno tried to complete the comeback with a 3-pointer.

The shot hit the rim, but rattle in and out and Ryan pulled down the rebound. Free throws from Stevens and Manney would seal the deal in the final seconds.

“This feels good,” Ryan said. “We have been working towards this for a long time. Everyone contributed (Saturday) and it was a great team win.

“We had the lead when Hunter really stepped up for them, but we were able to hold on.”

Beekmantown was able to open up a 19-8 lead after the first quarter, thanks in large part to the outside shooting of Manney.

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