Mendon head coach Bob Nally summed up Mendon’s state final very succinctly.
“Just wasn’t our night.”
The Vikings struggled to make shots in the second half, but still held a 55-51 lead with under four minutes to play.
However, Poughkeepsie roared back and finished the game on an 18-4 run to win the Class A state final 69-59 in Binghamton Saturday night.
Mendon trailed 14-7 early, but went on a 16-3 run to start the 2nd and led 35-26 at the half. Poughkeepsie kept it close, but the Vikings remained in front until the final three minutes of the game.
A Jamik Carter floater gave the Pioneers the lead for good with 2:40 to play. Mendon just didn’t have an answer.
“They went to zone. We weren’t knocking down shots,” Nally said. “Couple turnovers hurt us in that last quarter. We weren’t able to make another run.”
The Vikings missed 23 of 27 three point attempts and shot only 37% from the field.
Dan Cook put up his 26th double-double of the season to lead Mendon with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jacob Shadders added 15.
Poughkeepsie had four players in double figures, led by Carter with 17.
This game will be Mendon’s only loss this year. They will finish with a 26-1 record with 23 of those wins by 15 points or more.
“It’s just collectively just one of the best teams and coaching staffs that I could ever be part of,” Nally said. “This burns, but I’m super happy to be part of this team.”