WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. The Dobbs Ferry boys basketball team is on its way to the Class B finals, but Wednesdays win did not come without controversy.
Eric Paschall picked up two technical fouls in the Eagles 64-38 win over Blind Brook in the semifinals. The first, and more questionable, call came in the third quarter when the referees thought he hung too long on the rim after a dunk.
The referees blew the whistle a second time early in the fourth quarter when Paschall taunted after a made basket.
The two technicals forced Paschall to leave the game and prevent him from playing in the championship game against No. 2 Albertus Magnus because he must serve a mandatory one-game suspension, according to Section 27-b of the state rulebook. He cannot appeal the suspension.
The second one, I dropped to the floor, said Paschalls teammate, Spencer Avalos. I was like, Thats our best player, best skill player and hes only a sophomore. For him, I feel bad. We need him, so well see how it goes.
Point guard Eddie Ritch said the team now has to move on without Paschall.
Its a big loss. Erics been our leading scorer and a leader on the team, Ritch said. Even though hes a sophomore, hes been a leader this entire year. But we have other guys that are going to be able to step up, who are going to have to a play a bigger role than theyre used to.
The action on the court was tight for the first half, as Blind Brook took Dobbs Ferrys shots and answered them in kind. The Trojans trailed 24-19 at halftime and quickly scored four points to start the second half and cut the lead to 24-23.
But the Eagles then went on a 10-0 run and outscored the Trojans, 22-10, in the third quarter. Blind Brook never recovered.
Dobbs Ferry and Albertus Magnus will again face off for the Class B championship, just as they did last year. The Eagles led for most of that game but the Falcons came away with the win. Dobbs Ferry now has a chance to avenge that loss, but must do it without Paschall.
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