Here is my story on Pearl River’s win against Nyack.
First, here is a video by Peter Carr.
Also, here is my video of my interview with Kevin Degnan.
PEARL RIVER With playoffs still roughly a month away, there are no “must-win games” at this stage in the season.
But that’s how Pearl River felt Wednesday, less than 48 hours removed from a disappointing loss at Harrison Monday, when it welcomed league foe Nyack.
The Pirates proved they were able to move past Monday’s letdown with a 57-45 win over the Indians.
Pearl River captains Kevin Degnan, James Linnane and Chris Flood called a team meeting Tuesday to discuss adjustments that needed to be made following the loss to the Huskies.
“In the Harrison game, we didn’t really play that hard,” said Degnan, who finished with a game-high 21 points, in addition to nine rebounds, four blocks and two steals, in Wednesday’s win. “It was a tough loss. It was kind of like a punch in the face, really. We just felt like things needed to be changed right then and right there.”
Pearl River (7-4) seemed in control as it held a 20-14 lead late in the first half. However, Nyack (5-7) went on a 7-0 run after Degnan left the game with his second foul, and the Indians took a 21-20 lead into halftime.
The Pirates answered by outscoring the Indians 18-10 in the third, including a 10-3 run to end the quarter and give them a 38-31 lead heading into the fourth.
“I thought it was a good example of us getting hit with some adversity and things not going well, but still kind of staying together and keeping things together,” Pearl River coach Jerry Houston Jr. said. “Making enough plays to string together a win.”
Houston said he talked to his team at halftime about not looking to depend on Degnan for all the Pirates’ scoring.
“If we are going to just rely on Kevin to do the lion’s share of everything, then we’re not going too far,” Houston said. “I just encouraged them to play the way they were capable of doing. We need to become more diversified offensively.”
Jack Byrnes (14 points, four rebounds), Tom Armour (10 points, four rebounds), Jack McKeever (five points, five assists) and Linnane (seven points) all stepped up down the stretch to help Pearl River build on its lead and move to 2-0 in the league.