MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac boys basketball team kept things close against Harrison last Friday night, but the fourth quarter—more specifically the final 3 minutes—was where it all fell apart for the Indians in a 60–51 loss to the visiting Huskies.
Mahopac led 41-39 at the end of three.
“We had a decent third quarter, and took a lead into the fourth,” said Indians coach Tom McMahon. “But in the fourth, Harrison had some big shots. It was tied with three left, but we didn’t execute down the stretch.
“To play that well, and then not finish is disappointing,” he added. “It’s something we’ll learn from. In tight games we need to stick with what’s working for us. Hopefully that will help us in our upcoming games.”
Ryan Reilly had 12 points for Mahopac, Vin Bastone added 11 points, Patrick McMahon had 10 points and 7 rebounds, and Luke Syku had 8 points and 13 rebounds.
“Ryan had a fantastic game for us, probably his second-best game of the season,” McMahon said. “He was aggressive offensively, and put the ball in the basket. It’s great to see because he’s been working very hard, I think he’s ready to turn a corner. Luke, with 13 rebounds, also did a heck of a job, a great effort.
“Patrick has been one of our more consistent players, and he provided us with good energy,” McMahon added. “And Vin has had a nice couple of games in a row. We need him to be successful in order for us to be successful, hopefully that was a good sign, I think he’s playing his best basketball, and gave us fantastic defense. Adam Mitchell, Mike Kertelits, and Tommy O’Brien also sparked a nice run for us in the third quarter.“
The Indians (5-6) were scheduled to travel to Arlington at 6 p.m. Friday (Jan. 31), host Somers at 3 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 1), and travel to Roy C. Ketcham at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 4).