MAHOPAC, N.Y.-It was over in a hurry when rival Carmel came to town to take on Mahopac in boys basketball.
The Indians led by 11 points after one quarter and never looked back in a 60-32 slaughter of the visiting Rams on Friday, Feb. 2.
“Our players were very excited for this game,” said Mahopac coach Matt Simone, whose team swept the two-game season series with the Rams. “Regardless of records, the Mahopac-Carmel game is always a fun atmosphere, and our seniors were ready to play in the final rivalry game of their careers. A big part of that was the ‘Mahopac Maniacs’ (the school’s student section) finally showing up in full force and creating energy for our players. It makes such a big difference when the stands are full and loud.”
Senior Justin Parker’s steal and jam gave Mahopac the 13-2 first-quarter lead. Carmel crawled back into the game in the second quarter, but six-straight points from junior Reahl Allen gave the Indians a 25-12 halftime lead.
“Reahl is a huge spark for us off the bench,” Simone said. “He creates such a mismatch, especially when we pair him with another big in either Ryan Dugan or Simon Shkoza. Our guards have been doing a great job of recognizing this and making it a point to work the ball inside and get him touches. He has the ability to bring our team to another level when he is playing as physically as he does in the post offensively and protecting the rim and grabbing rebounds defensively.”
The Indians poured it on in the third quarter, starting with a 9-0 run. Kenny Perna netted a floater and Shane Loos nailed a corner three to extend the lead to 34-12 just 2:03 into the quarter.
A Parker layup and a Loos tip-in made it 40-14 midway through the quarter.
The Indians emptied their bench from there.
Parker finished with 11 points, while Allen, Loos and Nick Burtt contributed eight points apiece.
Earlier in the week, Mahopac received a balanced scoring effort in a 73-68 win over host John Jay-East Fishkill on Jan. 31. Parker (18 points), Loos (17 points) and Noelle Hall (16 points) spearheaded the attack.
The Indians (8-9) are still in the race for a league championship if they can win their final two league contests. They were scheduled to travel to league foe Roy C. Ketcham on Feb. 6. Today they host Arlington at 6 p.m. in their final league game. Mahopac closes out the regular season when it hosts Somers on senior day at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.
“Right now we are starting to play more consistently and a big part of that is we have had guys coming off the bench and making an impact,” Simone said. “Shane Loos has been doing a great job shooting the ball, and in the win against [John Jay-East Fishkill], Noelle Hall scored 16 points off the bench. It is great to be able to put different guys in the game and different lineups and be confident that there will not be a drop-off in effort and scoring. Tim Cegielski has been playing extremely tough, physical defense for us and Reahl has been incredible. We are hoping it continues down the stretch and into sectionals.”