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Pearl River Basketball Overpowers Ramapo in Opener

Pearl River senior Kevin Degnan got the home crowd with the first of his four dunks going early in Thursday's season opener against Ramapo, but it took the Pirates a while to get going.

Pearl River trailed after one quarter, but took the lead in the second quarter and pulled away in the second half on the way to a 52-38 victory over Ramapo.

"This early in the season especially, it takes a while for things to come together," Pearl River Head Coach Jerry Houston, Jr. said. "It was sloppy in the beginning, and we settle down a bit and took care of the ball better in the second half."

Degnan scored seven of his game-high 21 points during the Pirates 22-point second quarter. He also made one of eight three-point shots by Pearl River and pulled down 13 rebounds.

Guards Thomas Armour and Chris Flood each made three 3-pointers. Armour finished with 11 points and Flood had 10. 

"I thought we got some good contributions from Chris Flood and Tommy Armour," Houston said. "It's not like we scored 52 points and Kevin had 32. We got some contributions from some other guys and that's one of our goals, to get a little more balance from some other guys so we are not so reliant on Kevin."

Dan Hoye led Ramapo with six points, all in the second half. 

Pearl River's next game is 2 p.m. Saturday at home against Clarkstown South.

Editor's note: Click here for video from Thursday's game. 

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