Anozie tops list of 2016 journal boys basketball all-stars

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR

James Anozie

School: Our Lady of Lourdes

Grade: 11

Position: Center

Vital stats: The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds per game and shot 64 percent from the floor. On Feb. 5 against Albertus Magnus, Anozie scored his 1,000th career point. He was also given the Bob Stauderman Award for player of the year by the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association. With Anozie leading the offense, Lourdes reached the Section 1 Class A semifinals, where they lost to Byram Hills.

Quotable: “I wouldn’t want to face him, that’s for sure,” Lourdes coach Jim Santoro said. “To put up those kind of points with his shooting percentage says a lot. On top of that, not only was he double-teamed and triple-teamed, they fouled the heck out of him. He was getting thrown and pushed and still scoring.”

“For being a junior, he really sets the standard for being a big man in our league,” Beacon coach Scott Timpano said.

“He scored 40 on us. He’s a difficult kid to stop,” Marlboro coach Mike Koehler said. “He was dominant.”

FIRST TEAM

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Camron Abalos, Spackenkill Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Camron Abalos

School: Spackenkill

Grade: 11

Position: Guard

Vital stats: On a Spackenkill team that reached the Section 9 Class B final, Abalos averaged 22.4 points, four assists and three steals. He battled a leg cramp in the Class B final to lead the Spartans with 29 points. He enters his senior year with 803 career points.

Quotable: “Without a doubt, Camron was the best player on a very good Spackenkill team,” Spartans coach Tom Bell said. “Our losses this year were to Putnam Valley, Yorktown, Sacred Heart of Yonkers, Marlboro, Ellenville and Rhinebeck: All good teams. In those games, Camron averaged 18.5 points per game while teams focused on him.”

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Dennis Hare, Red Hook Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Dennis Hare

School: Red Hook

Grade: 12

Position: Guard

Vital stats: Hare was named large schools Most Valuable Player by the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Asssociation, and was the lead man on a Red Hook team that captured the Section 9 Class A championship. Hare led the team in points (18.3), rebounds (8.1), assists (3.8) and steals (1.6) per game. In the section final, Hare scored 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and gave out six assists. On Feb. 10 against John S. Burke Catholic, Hare scored his 1,000th career point. Next year he’ll be playing Division III ball at St. John Fisher.

Quotable: “Dennis led our team to a third consecutive Mid-Hudson Athletic League Division II title, beating New York state Class B finalist Marlboro twice this year, including in a tie-breaking game at Wallkill to win that crown,” Red Hook coach Matt Hayes said. “Dennis was instrumental in helping our team to its third consecutive Section 9 Class A championship game, where we won the title for the second time in three seasons.”

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Tyler Jollie, Marlboro Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Tyler Jollie

School: Marlboro

Grade: 12

Position: Guard

Vital stats: Jollie showed how versatile he was in the Section 9 Class B final against Spackenkill, when he scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. For the season, the 6-foot guard averaged 11.5 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Quotable: “It’s tough to judge him by the numbers, but he had a great season,” Marlboro coach Mike Koehler said. “He gave us great leadership.”

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Xavier Oliver, Marlboro Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Xavier Oliver

School: Marlboro

Grade: 12

Position: Forward

Vital stats: Oliver was a catalyst for the Iron Dukes, helping lead them to their first-ever New York state Class B final. A 6-foot-1 forward, he averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.5 steals and one block. He was named co-Most Valuable Player by the DCBCA for small schools, along with Jack Spencer of Rhinebeck.

Quotable: “He did everything we needed,” Koehler said. “He hit a ton of big shots — big shot after big shot all year long. And when he wasn’t scoring, he was rebounding.”

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Jack Spencer, Rhinebeck Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Jack Spencer

School: Rhinebeck

Grade: 11

Position: Forward

Vital stats: Spencer ignited the Hawks this season, averaging 19.9 points and 11.7 rebounds, and had eight games of at least five 3-point field goals or more. Along with Oliver, he was named co-MVP by the DCBCA.

Quotable: “He was part of our three-headed monster along with Hunter Brant and Rob Veith,” Rhinebeck coach David Aierstok said.

SECOND TEAM

Tucker Beachak

School: Haldane

Grade: 12

Position: Guard

Vital stats: After leading the Blue Devils with 18 points to defeat Alexander Hamilton for its third consecutive Section 1 Class C title, Beachak helped Haldane reach its first state Class C final. Beachak led the Blue Devils with 16 points and three assists per game over the course of the season.

Quotable: “Tucker was a passive point guard and turned into a scoring point guard this year,” Haldane coach Joe Virgadamo said. “He made his teammates better, dictated the tempo of the game and saw the court well.”

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Poughkeepsie High School’s Caval Haylett dribbles the ball during a game versus Beacon on January 9th in Beacon. (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Caval Haylett

School: Poughkeepsie

Grade: 12

Position: Guard

Vital stats: The late Haylett, who tragically died after the season, earned a place on the Second Team with a strong season on the court, which ended in the Section 9 Class A championship game. For the season, the 6-2 guard led the Pioneers with 15.2 points, in adddition to five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Exceptional Seniors Game just hours before he was struck in the head by an unintended bullet, according to City of Poughkeepsie police. Haylett passed away the following day.

Quotable: “He was our leading scorer, even though he spent time as our sixth man,” Poughkeepsie coach Brian Laffin said. “He had numerous Division III options he was looking at.”

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Josiah McCall, Beacon Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Josiah McCall

School: Beacon

Grade: 12

Position: Guard/forward

Vital stats: After going 2-16 last season, the Bulldogs put together a turnaround 16-6 campaign and reached the Section 1 Class A quarterfinals. McCall was one of the reasons why, averaging 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Quotable: “Josiah led us the entire season and really was our motor, getting us motivated and keeping the team together,” Beacon coach Scott Timpano said. “Whenever we needed a basket, he was the player we looked to.”

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Nick Michitsh, Red Hook Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Nick Michitsch

School: Red Hook

Grade: 12

Position: Guard

Vital stats: Michitsch averaged 15.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals. In the Raiders’ Section 9 Class A final victory over Poughkeepsie, Michitsch scored 14 points. He completed his career with 933 points.

Quotable: “Nick was a four-year varsity starter for us. He was instrumental in our success this season, finishing second in scoring, assists and steals. There were a number of games this year when Nick was the best player on the floor. His aggressiveness and desire to have the ball in his hands with the game on the line will be hard to replace,” Hayes said.

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Tim Reilly, Ketcham Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Tim Reilly

School: Roy C. Ketcham

Grade: 12

Position: Guard

Vital stats: Reilly finished his high school career averaging 14.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and six assists per game this season. Ketcham reached the Section 1 Class AA opening round, in which Reilly led the Indians with 21 points.

Quotable: “Tim’s a student of the game,” Ketcham coach Mike Paino said. “He learned a lot from watching film and he wants to get better every day. He’s one of those kids who watches film and takes mental notes. He doesn’t let mistakes happen a second time, and his leadership was unbelievable.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

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Mike Koehler, Coach, Marlboro Boys Basketball (Photo: Patrick Oehler/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Mike Koehler

School: Marlboro

Vital stats: The Iron Dukes finished the season 23-4. Marlboro earned its first-ever trip to the New York state final four in program history and reached the final, where it lost, 56-45 to Olean of Section 6. The Iron Dukes’ wins on the journey to states included a triple-overtime victory over Spackenkill in the Section 9 Class B final, a win over Briarcliff in a regional semifinal and a takedown of Southampton in the regional finals.

Quotable: “What a fantastic run they went on,” Ketcham coach Mike Paino said. “What (Koehler) did with that program and beating some great teams in Dutchess County. They’ll never forget that.”

“Anybody that gets to that point, you need a lot of luck, but you also need the right guys,” Lourdes coach Jim Santoro said. “His ability to get there — you just can’t ignore that.”

“He’s just as good a coach as he is a person,” Beacon coach Scott Timpano said. “The job he did with those kids, managing to grind out a lot of those games. I give him all the credit in the world for how well they did this season.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Arlington: Tom Duffy, Shane Walczyk

Beacon: Shaheim Fryar, Xavier Mayo, Alfredo Robles

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Ethan Hart

Haldane: Blaine Fitzgerald, David Rotando, Will Zuvic

Highland: Mike Doxey, Nick Palmatier, Jacob Rao

John Jay: Ryan Schumacher

Marlboro: Jaiden Allen, Nick Mongelli, Joe Nugent, John Perugino, Jack Rusk

Millbrook: Humberto Cabrera

New Paltz: Matt Kanan, Mike Krebs, Axel Rodriguez

Our Lady of Lourdes: Dean Rotger, Luke Timm, Kevin Townes

Pawling: David Bellucci

Poughkeepsie: Matt DeLoatch, Akili Hill, Marvin Lunsford, Shaquez Nesbitt

Red Hook: Colin Bemis

Rhinebeck: Joe Boland, Hunter Brant, Rob Veith

Roy C. Ketcham: Matt Seidner, Jon Stumberger, Zaahir Woody

Spackenkill: Kyiev Bennermon, Alex Strom

Webutuck: Angus Edmundson, Jon Lehning