NEWBURGH - It was with heavy hearts that Poughkeepsie entered this basketball season.
Following an offseason marred by controversy and tragedy, the players, emotionally worn, said the court would serve as their sanctuary. It would be an escape from a reality they fast learned can be cruel.
Mo'Quez Dickens said in December, not long after attending his second funeral of the year, that there was more significance to this season because Pioneers needed to help heal the community and "make our angels proud."
To that end: Mission accomplished.
Poughkeepsie rallied late and stunned top-seeded Goshen High School, 100-92, in overtime to win the Section 9 Class A championship at Mount St. Mary College on Sunday.
Poughkeepsie was blitzed in the second half by Goshen's outside shooting and, after leading from the opening possession, trailed by as many as 69-57 with seven minutes remaining. But the third-seeded Pioneers roared back late and forced overtime when Davontrey Thomas's two free throws tied it at 83 with 15 seconds left.