MAHOPAC, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School boys basketball team rolled to a stress-free 50-37 victory over Brewster last Friday night on Senior Night. The Indians didn’t fare as well Monday at John Jay (East Fishkill), falling to the Patriots, 50-47.
Mahopac also posted a 54-44 victory over Greenburgh-North Castle last Thursday (Feb. 6), and lost to Roy C. Ketcham two days earlier on the road, 54-39.
In Monday’s loss at John Jay, the Indians came out flat, but still managed to put themselves in position to win in the final minutes.
“It was back-and-forth, and we did have a chance at one shot to tie it at the end,“ said Indians coach Tom McMahon. “But it was from half-court, a heave that did not fall.
“We finished the league 1-3 on the road, and we’ve been very up-and-down, especially on the road,” McMahon added. “We had no energy to start the game. We did come back, and we went up in the third (Mahopac led by seven after three). But in the fourth quarter they chipped away, and we didn’t make enough plays in the last few minutes.”
Matt McMahon led the Indians with 12 points, and John Cosentino and Ryan Reilly each added 8 points for Mahopac, which finishes regular-season play at 9-9. 3-5.
Last Friday night on Senior Night at Mahopac, the Indians had their way with a struggling 4-14 Brewster Bears squad.
Matt McMahon had a season-high 18 points to go with 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike Kertelits had 8 points and 5 rebounds, Adam Mitchell had 6 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks, Tom O’Brien had 4 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, and Chris Clark had 6 points.
“I was very happy for our four seniors,“ McMahon said. “All of them had season-highs, and they all played all but the last two minutes. It was a special night for the team and our program. They’ve worked hard all year, and they deserved this night.”
In Mahopac‘s win over Greenburgh-North Castle, Vin Bastone led the way with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Luke Syku had 12 points, and Mike Callahan added 9.
“That was a very good team effort,” McMahon said. “Vin has been playing great, and this was another strong game from him. Mike also gave us good minutes and scoring off the bench. It was a solid win.”
The prior Tuesday against RCK, Matt McMahon (who was named All-League) led the Indians with 9 points and 4 assists, Bastone added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, and Patrick McMahon had 6 points.
“We played one of our best halves of the season in the first half, and led 22-15 at the break,” the coach said. “But RCK got hot in the third, and hit all 13 of their shots. That turned the game around. They’re a good team, but we have to learn how to react better when a team smacks us in the mouth.”
The Indians were set to close out regular-season play Wednesday (Feb. 12), hosting New Rochelle. First-round playoff games are scheduled for Feb. 22.
“I feel good about the playoffs,” McMahon said. “We’ve had our ups and downs, but the guys are all veterans now. We’ve done this 20 times. We’re ready. We have Cosentino back (he’s been out with an inury), that’s big for us. Our strength has been defense, and defense can win games in the playoffs.”