PEEKSKILL, N.Y.— Mahopac’s boys basketball squad knew it had a tall task as it traveled to Peekskill on Jan. 14 playing a revived Red Devil squad on it’s alumni day, when it retired the jersey at halftime of one of its all-time greats Bill Brickhouse.
The Indians were able to stay with the Red Devils early on as the host led just 11-8 at the end of the opening quarter.
Peekskill broke away from the Indians in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors 23-12 to take a 34-20 halftime lead which eventually resulted in a 73-50 Peekskill victory.
“We were taking care of the ball early,” Mahopac coach Matt Simone said. “We knew they’d press the whole game—they put pressure on us. We tried focusing on taking care of the ball, not making turnovers. We did a pretty good job of that early but then the second quarter we had eight turnovers alone and we finished with about 25 turnovers. You can’t win games with that.”
When asked if it was their pressure that enabled the Red Devils to break open the game in the second quarter, Simone agreed with that assessment.
“Absolutely, they weren’t doing anything different than they were doing the first quarter but it just kind of wore us out,” Simone said. “We made some bad decisions and that absolutely was the difference. The majority of the 25 turnovers, they probably turned into points on the break. It’s tough to overcome that.”
Leading Mahopac against Peekskill was Andrew Ryan with 12 points.
“Andrew Ryan has been playing great for us in terms of effort, energy and leadership,” Simone said. “He’s got a motor and he doesn’t stop. Even at the end there down 20, he’s not giving up. He’s still going full speed. He’s been playing well for us.”
Ryan Dugan (9 points), Shane Loos (8 points), Noelle Hall (5 points), Reahl Allen (4 points), Tim Cegielski (2 points), Joe Lilley (2 points), Mike Cazzari (2 points), Kenny Bahia (2 points), Andrew Blecker (2 points) and Robert Garcia (2 points) got into the scoring column as well for Mahopac.
Mahopac also had two other games during the week, including winning a thriller against visiting John Jay-East Fishkill, 54-53, on Jan. 10 on Ryan’s buzzing-beating 3-pointer.
“He’s the type of kid regardless of the type of game he is having, he has the confidence that he wants to take the big shot,” Simone said. “He actually made a play before that that hurt us a little bit. We were up one and Andrew fouled a kid on a three and John Jay hit three free throws to go up two. He’s the type of player that I knew would want to make up for that play that he had, so I drew that up for him and he hit the big shot.”
That game-winning shot was a part of a 20-point effort for Ryan. Dugan (9 points), Garcia (8 points), Cazzari (6 points), Hall (6 points), Augie Djerdjaj (3 points) and Kenny Perna (2 points) also contributed to the win.
Ryan led the Indians (3-10) with 15 points in their 68-39 loss at Arlington on Jan. 12.