|Kyle Byrons poured in a career-high 19 points on Saturday.|
The Mount trailed by two at the half, as Byrons finished the opening frame with seven points on 2-4 shooting. The Dolphins shot .458 in the first period and knocked down a pair of three-pointers. Kevin Garlan (Jackson Heights, NY/Archbishop Molloy) handed out three assists in the first frame, while senior captain Derek Charlton (Yonkers, NY/St. Raymond’s) grabbed four rebounds.
Each team held the lead twice in second half, with Polytechnic taking it for good at the horn. After a three-pointer from Joe Cooke (Mt. Vernon, NY/Fordham Prep) pushed the Mount ahead 44-42 with 17:46 left, the Dolphins then ran out to a 12 point lead after a Byrons jumper with just over 11:00 remaining in regulation.
Polytechnic responded with a 12-0 spurt to knot the score at 60-60, capped by a pair of free-throws from Anthony Mottola with 5:30 left to play in regulation. Dino Johnson (Amsterdam, NY/Amsterdam) would then nail a three to push the Mount back in front, where they would stay until less then a minute remained.
With 55 seconds left and the Dolphins in front 72-69, Ohri canned a three to tie the score for the fifth time in the contest. Following a pair of free-throws from Justin Baylosis (East Rockaway, NY/Archbishop Molloy) gave the Dolphins a two point edge with seven seconds left, Ohri played the role of heartbreaker with his fifth triple of the game to send Polytechnic home with the win.
For the game, the Mount shot .463 from the field and .462 from long range. The Dolphins were 18-28 from the charity stripe in the tilt and out-rebounded the Blue Jays by a 37-32 margin. Polytechnic scored 20 points off of Mount Saint Vincent turnovers, while the Mount held the edge in points in the paint 26-20 and in second chance opportunities 16-5.
Cooke finished the night with 15 points and shot 3-5 from behind the arc and Charlton finished the night with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Johnson also canned three triples on the night to finish with nine points and also pulled down four rebounds.
Polytechnic was led by Ohri’s 24 points on 9-15 shooting and 5-9 from long range. Jason Buckner also had a strong night, as he poured in 18 points on 9-14 shooting. Both players finished with five boards, while Mottola led the team in that category with eight.
The loss drops the Mount to 8-15 overall on the season and to 5-11 in Skyline Conference play. The Dolphins will return to action on Wednesday night, February 20 when they take on Yeshiva. The road contest is set for 8:00 p.m.