MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Of course the Mahopac High boys basketball team was hoping to make more of its season, but a young squad and a challenging schedule made for plenty of ups and downs. Still the Indians managed to close it all out at 10-10 and earn an invitation to the post-season dance, drawing the No. 13 seed in the playoffs.
Mahopac lost to No. 4 seed Mount Vernon in the first round of the Class AA tournament.
First-year coach Tom McMahon saw a lot of positives.
“I was very pleased with the season,” McMahon said. “I thought for the most part we won games we were supposed to win and added a couple of good wins as well. I thought we competed almost every single night, and that’s a credit to the guys and the effort they put in. Obviously, we had goals that we didn’t accomplish, but I thought given our schedule and the inexperience of our team, it was overall a success. I feel as though we have set ourselves up for the coming years to achieve those goals.”
Senior Matthew McMahon earned All-League recognition. He and junior Vin Bastone served as team captains.
“I thought Matthew [McMahon] provided us with great leadership, and was a tough competitor every single night,” McMahon said. “We’ll miss him, but he left a legacy in this program that will carry on with our young guys.
“And Vin [Bastone] is so athletic,” McMahon added. “He missed the entire off-season, so it took him a good portion of the season to get it going. But when he did, we were a better team. It’s nice to have him returning, and we’ll need him to take a more vocal role next season.”
McMahon pointed to strong contributions from juniors Luke Syku and John Cosentino, and sophomore Ryan Reilly.
“Luke [Syku] was our second-leading rebounder, and was the MVP of the Somers Tournament,” the coach said. “Cosentino is a talented guard who handled the ball for us and scored in big moments, and Ryan [Reilly] really developed throughout the season. His game at Mount Vernon can be a jumping off point for something special.”
The Indians graduate seniors Mike Kertelits, Matt McMahon, Adam Mitchell and Tommy O’Brien.
“These guys were such great leaders for our group, and I could not imagine this journey without them,” McMahon said. “While they’re leaving us, the culture they have built will be the foundation of any success our future teams have. They have showed our junior and sophomores how to conduct themselves, and what it takes to be successful at this level.
“We’ll have seven rotation players returning next season,” the coach added. “So, there will be some different goals and expectations. It’s a group that has a lot of parts, and I hope we can continue to play as a team like we did this season. But November is a long way away, and we have a lot of work to put in before then.”