LAKELAND, N.Y. - The Mahopac varsity boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season Saturday (Dec. 8), defeating Brewster, 62–60, in the consolation round of the Walter Panas tournament.
Reahl Allen had 17 points and Matt McMahon added 15 to lead the Indians.
Mahopac (1-2) hoped to play in the championship game but dropped a tough, 60-57, decision to Lakeland in the Friday ‘s Dec. 7 tournament opener.
Indians coach Matt Simone said his team let an opportunity slip away and needed to play better with a lead.
“We were definitely upset that we lost the first game to Lakeland,” Simone said. “We felt like we let it get away. We were up 15-3 in the first quarter, and in the early third we had a 10- or 12-point lead. So that was not a good loss.
“In both games, we built leads, but the bigger issue is that we are having trouble playing with the lead,” the coach added. “It’s part mental and part inexperience. We need to learn to play better with a lead. Turnovers were also an issue against Lakeland, it’s definitely tough when you turn the ball over.”
McMahon, who was named to the All-Tournament team, led Mahopac with 14 points and Tim Cegielski added 13.
“McMahon played well, Allen also played really well against Brewster,” Simone said. “He sparked us in the second half. Jon Cosentino, a sophomore, also did a good job taking care of the ball and Nick Burtt gave us rebounding and a spark.”
Mahopac also dropped an 82-57 decision at Mount Vernon the Dec. 4.
McMahon had 13 points and Simon Shkoza added 10 to lead Mahopac.
“It was a 3-point game in the third quarter,” Simone said. “We were prepared, and we competed extremely well. We didn’t back down and we played hard the entire game. We lost, but I was happy with the effort against one of the section’s best programs.”
Mahopac was scheduled to play in the Somers tournament, beginning Friday. The tournament continues Saturday, Dec. 14 with championship and consolation games.