Beacon and FDR played closely from the opening tip, with neither team holding a lead larger than five at any point. In the end, it was Beacon pulling away with a 54-49 victory over FDR.
After the game was tied at half, Beacon took a four-point lead and held an advantage the entire third quarter.
With 4:45 remaining in the game, FDR took its first lead of the game from a Garfield Merchant put-back.
Jack Philipbar hit a huge three and got a layup to go on back-to-back possessions to give Beacon a four-point advantage with 3:20 left.
The Presidents responded with an Adrian Owuor 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining.
Beacon was able to capitalize on the offensive end with an Adrian Beato layup to give them their largest lead of the game at five, but a technical foul called after his layup gave FDR two free throws.
After both free throws were hit, FDR was unable to convert. Beacon missed the front end of a one-and-one allowing the Presidents a second opportunity with 11.9 seconds left, but they were unable to convert on their opportunity.
Beacon advanced to Wednedsay’s semifinal and will take on the winner of Arlington/New Paltz. That game will start at 4:30 p.m.
Philipbar led Beacon with 16 points. He had eight points in the final quarter. Dylan Howard finished with 11 points.
For FDR, Kamsiyochukwu Awaka led with 13 points.
FDR will play Wednesday at 1 p.m. against the loser of Arlington/New Paltz.
By: Tom Seipp (@Tom_Seipp)