CARMEL, N.Y. – The Mahopac boys’ basketball team came out of the holiday gate a step slow at last weekend’s Putnam Challenge at Carmel High School, dropping a 63-45 decision to Arlington, in a Saturday matinee that opened league play for both squads.

The Indians fell behind 34-19 by halftime and couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole. One culprit was three-point shooting. The Indians went 2-for-23 from beyond the arc.

“We got it to 10 at a point, but that was about as close as we got,” said Indians coach Tom McMahon. “We shot horrendously from three-point range. We need to be closer to 30 percent, and they (Arlington) really did a good job executing on us.

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“We’re a young team, and we have to learn how to battle through those spots,” the coach added. “We’ve got to get better, got to execute better. They have some talent, and they out-executed us for all 32 minutes.”

Matt McMahon led Mahopac with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Vin Bastone added 8 points and grabbed 6 boards, and Luke Syku had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.

“Matt had a solid game from the field and was one of our more aggressive players,” McMahon said. “He got some good looks. Colum Ranaghan also had some nice minutes off the bench for us. And we were concerned about rebounding, but we rebounded well, with three guys with six rebounds. We had a nice team effort on the glass. We also generated some turnovers in the second half, that was nice to see.”

Mahopac (3-4, 0-1) was set to host Greenburgh North Castle Friday (Jan. 10) at 4:30, and the Indians travel to take on Carmel Saturday (Jan. 11) at 2 p.m.

“It will be nice to finally get into a routine,” the coach said of getting past the holiday break. “We’re excited about league play. I think we’re ready. We’re getting better every day.”