MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Mahopac High School’s boys basketball team won two of their three games last week, picking up a 47–44 win Saturday (Feb. 1) at home over Somers, after topping crosstown rival Carmel, 44-41, the prior Wednesday (Jan. 29), also at home. Sandwiched in between, the Indians took a tough, 62-31, loss at Arlington on Friday night (Jan. 31).
In Saturday’s win over Somers (6-10), Vin Bastone had a big game to lead Mahopac with 19 points and 17 rebounds, a season high. Luke Syku pulled down 13 rebounds to go with 10 points.
“That was a very important bounce back win for us, after playing poorly in Arlington the night before,” said Indians coach Tom McMahon. “We had a double-overtime war with them early in the season (a Mahopac win), and we came out and played well early.
“Vin was a monster in that game,” the coach added. “We’re starting to see him get better and better. Luke also played a really good game for us, he’s at his best when he’s rebounding. If he has a lot of rebounds, we’re probably successful. To get 30 rebounds from those two guys was big. And Matt is playing point guard now, a different role, and he’s done a real nice job the last few weeks.”
One night earlier at Arlington (10-7), the Indians were hammered by a solid Admirals squad. Sophomore Mike Callahan led Mahopac with 11 points.
“We played poorly on the road against a senior-laden team,” McMahon said. “But we’ve got to show up with a better effort on a Friday night. We had a chance to be in the league title conversation, so to show up and lay an egg like that... was really frustrating.”
The prior Wednesday at home, the Indians held off the Rams (7-9), sweeping the season series.
“Obviously winning the series was important, so the kids were excited,” McMahon said. “Our seniors have now gone 4-0 vs. Carmel in the last two years. We played well, we had a nice crowd and nice intensity, the kids were excited, but they still made plays. Ryan Reilly had a fantastic game for us, he got some big rebounds in the last 30 seconds, he’s really been playing better.”
Matthew McMahon had a strong game, scoring 6 points to go with 11 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. Bastone added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals, Ryan Reilly came up with 9 points and 10 boards, and Syku added 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Mahopac (7-7) was set to host Brewster Friday night at 6 p.m. for Senior Night. “It should be a special night for our four seniors (Mike Kertelits, Matthew McMahon, Adam Mitchell and Tommy O’Brien),” McMahon said. “These guys are now the foundation of the culture we have built, and we will remember this group for that more than anything.”
Mahopac will also honor Indians coaches Gerry Keevins, Joe Corace and Vin Collins on Senior Night. Keevins will have the Fitness Center named after him, and Corace and Collins will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
The Indians play at John Jay (East Fishkill) at 6 p.m. Monday (Feb. 11) and travel to Greenburgh-North Castle at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 12).