Sports

Mahopac Battles Hard, but Falls to Lourdes

f18520437287e7b3e56d_37242_.jpg
Aidan Hynes gets a shot off in the lane as Ryan Train defends for Carmel. Credits: Vic McGee
f18520437287e7b3e56d_37242_.jpg

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Our Lady of Lourdes proved to be too much for Mahopac to handle on the road in an 81-67 loss on Jan. 21 up in chilly Poughkeepsie.

After trailing early, the Indians pieced together a rugged performance, getting close to turning the corner against home favorite Lourdes in a shootout-like second half.

The Indians fell to Lourdes for the second time this year in the end, but for Mahopac, this game was about bringing all they had to the court.

Sign Up for E-News

“Today I’m pleased with how hard we played,” Mahopac coach Matt Simone said. “If we didn’t get the win, I wanted to know that we played as hard as we could and I’m definitely happy to say that we did that.”

In a game that Lourdes controlled most of as they led 41-33 at the break, the Indians fought back in the third quarter by mustering up a 10-3 run. Mahopac made the score 50-46 with one minute and 49 seconds left, shrinking the lead to below five for the first time since the early portion of the first quarter.

“I challenged the kids before the game, saying that we needed the effort and intensity,” Simone said, “and that’s what’s been lacking the last few games. That’s the reason we lost to Ketcham so big and were down to Carmel so big.”

Aidan Hynes, who paced Mahopac with a team-high 21 points, put back in a missed shot following a huge three-ball from the slinger Jonathan Jacklett after a Lourdes turnover, capping the run. Jacklett finished with 18 points and had twelve points worth of triples on this night to go along with Hynes’ three 3-point knocks.

Lourdes did not take its foot off the gas pedal for long though, as the Warriors played better late. They scored an overwhelming 25 fourth quarter points, burying the comeback hungry Indians.

Simone sees valuable takeaways from the contest nonetheless.

“The main thing is that if we play hard with intensity and with effort, we’ll be in every game,” he said. “You know this I think is one of the best teams in our league, if not the best team in Class AA, so we’ve shown both games we’ve played with them. We’ve played with good teams. As long as we have that effort and intensity I think we’ll be fine.”

The Indians (6-9) were undersized from the start. Lourdes owned the paint, throwing the ball there on most of their possessions in order to convert points from high-percentage baskets and by drawing fouls.

Lourdes had four players score at least 14 points, and got 25 from star power forward James Onozie, who manned the paint for easy buckets.

Christian Donahoe added 15 points for the Indians in the setback.

Second quarter crusher in loss to Carmel

It was a typical Mahopac vs Carmel rivalry game, big crowd going crazy on both sides, back-and-forth action up and down the court, at least for the first quarter.

Mahopac trailed on the road at Carmel 16-10 at the end of the first quarter, but the excitement didn’t last long for Mahopac.

That’s because the host Rams went on a tear in the second quarter and put the game away. Carmel outscored Mahopac 23-6 in the second to open up a 58-37 halftime lead. The Rams never looked back and the home crowd had plenty to cheer about as Carmel cruised to an 81-57 victory on Jan. 19.

Hynes erupted for 22 points in the second half and finished with 24 points overall, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams held off any hopes of an Indian rally.

“Unfortunately, especially when we play Carmel this late in the season, there’s no moral victories,” Simone said. “We played a good second half, but at the end of the day we had a pretty bad loss because we put ourselves in a hole. We’re happy the way we played in the second half, but we have to start putting together a full game of that intensity and energy. Carmel played hard for four quarters and that was the difference.”

Hynes did his best to rally the Indians. In the fourth quarter he scored six-straight points as Mahopac cut the lead down to 16 points at 66-50, but that was as close as the Indians would come.

In addition to Hynes, Donahoe and Andrew Ryan each scored 13 points for the Indians.

“He’s been playing great for us all year, one of those kids each game I know what he’s going to give us,” Simone said of Hynes. “He gives us four quarters of defense and hard work. He’s a scrappy player. Both him and Christian (Donahoe) played extremely hard.”

Carmel’s balanced attack was the difference as the Rams had four players finish in double figures. Ryan Train led the way with 20 points, Ryan Sullivan had 16, Matt Haughney 15 and Quinn Williams 13 to lead the Rams to the victory.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Mahopac

What Is Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica is a research organization. Apparently, it is funded by the Mercer family, second only to the Koch brothers on the liberal hit list. Both, through their philanthropy, spend millions on various needy organizations like hospitals. What makes them liberal targets is their funding of various conservative think tanks and candidates. I digress.

Cambridge Analytica used Facebook ...

Democrats Are Coming After Your Money

Understand what it will mean if you elect Democrats in November. When the tax reform bill passed in February, not one Democrat voted for it. In fact, during the discussions leading up to the vote, they lied and said your taxes will go up and only the rich will benefit. I wrote back then about the fallacy of their argument and I was right.

As a whole, Democrats and more and more of ...

Support the Hamlet Renaissance

April 6, 2018

This past August, the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber Legislative Advocacy Board (LAB) published its Carmel Vision 2020 paper outlining the need for a new townwide master plan. Since then things have certainly taken off.

The current focus is on Mahopac’s business district and the town’s purchase of the Swan Cove parcel where dilapidated row homes currently stand. The intention is to ...

‘Sister Act’: A Musical Like Nun Other

Of all the Broadway musicals I’ve seen over the years at Westchester Broadway Theatre, only a handful have elicited the noisily enthusiastic audience response I observed at the recent opening night of “Sister Act.”

There were outbursts of applause in the middle of some numbers, and several clever turns of phrase sprinkled in the dialogue landed squarely, to the delight of big ...

Seen Any Good Ol’ Movies Lately?

As I become more, uh, mature, I find myself enjoying older movies more than newer movies. The trio of films presented here for your consideration are three of my all-time favorites. They share great stories, great screenplays, great directing, great acting. They also have in common ratings in the 90s on Rotten Tomatoes, and a place of distinction in the National Film Registry, a highly selective ...

Privacy? LOL!

Author’s Note: Mom + Pop Culture are a couple of real characters. They could be you and me. Or not. Every so often, I eavesdrop on their conversations. Let’s listen in on what they’re saying right now about how Facebook fans are shocked—shocked!—that their privacy has been compromised, prompting them to rise up and exhort oppressed social media users everywhere to ...

Cleaning the Empty Nest

Part of the shock of being a part-time empty nester is when the kids come back to visit and I have to watch my house transform overnight from a pristine haven of OCD goodness to a place that looks like an explosion happened at Forever 21.

After my kids moved mostly out, I put away whatever tchotchkes they chose to leave behind and then I put on a hazmat suit and cleaned their rooms until they ...

Tipping the Scales in My Favor

As I was settling into bed one night, I happened to catch my husband out of the corner of my eye.

He was getting on the scale.

“WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” I yelled at him. He jerked his head around and looked at me with alarm.

“What? I’m weighing myself.”

I jumped out of bed and yanked him off the scale. 

“You can’t do that now!” I ...

Doing Time in the Big House

“So, what did the doctor say about Dad?” I asked my mom over the phone.

“He has an incarcerated hernia,” she replied.

“INCARCERATED hernia?” I repeated.

“Yes.”

“Why is it incarcerated? Did it rob a bank?”

“What? No.”

“Unlawful entry? Obstruction? Insider trading?” I ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, April 19, 5:30 PM

Starr Ridge Banquet Center, Brewster

CoveCare Center's 9th Annual Adult Spelling Bee

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Thu, April 19, 5:30 PM

Starr Ridge Banquet Center, Brewster

9th Annual Adult Spelling Bee

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Health & Wellness

Thu, April 19, 6:00 PM

Athletes Warehouse, Pleasantville

FORE Your Health: Injury Prevention and Treatment ...

Health & Wellness Sports

Houlihan Lawrence in Yorktown Welcomes Three New Team Members

April 10, 2018

Zef Camaj, brokerage manager, recently welcomed three salespersons to the team.

Marco Nogueras is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional who uses technologically advanced marketing techniques bringing the real estate experience to a new level. He values customer service and will ensure your goals are met while keeping you updated on current market conditions. Marco has spent the majority ...