Mahopac Edged by Somers on Hardwood

Augie Djerdjaj dribbles across half-court. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— No matter what its record is, the Mahopac boys basketball team is going to play hard from the opening jump ball until the final whistle.

That was evident when the Indians hosted Somers on Feb. 4 as the game was neck and neck throughout. The Tuskers were able to hold on for a 65-60 win.

Somers held a 31-30 halftime lead when Pearse Martin nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

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Marc Maestri made two 3-pointers and Chris DiCintio grabbed a rebound and scored to extend Somers’ lead to 50-40 with 1:45 left in the third quarter.

Mahopac, however, fired back and Andrew Ryan’s bucket cut the deficit to 52-48 after three quarters.

Tim Cegielski nailed a 3-pointer to trim Somers’ lead to 62-58 midway through the fourth quarter, but Maestri answered with a three-point play to put the lead out of reach.

Ryan Dugan and Augie Djerdjaj led Mahopac (3-15) with 14 points apiece. Cegielski and Ryan each had nine points, while Zach Puckhaber netted eighth points and Reahl Allen added six points.

Ryan scored a game-high 24 points in Mahopac’s 72-66 loss to visiting Arlington on Feb. 1.

The Indians have two home games this week as they faced Putnam Valley on Feb. 8 and take on Roy C. Ketcham in a league game the next day at 6 p.m.

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