North Salem Boys Basketball Team Takes Class B Opening Round

Kevin Ryan, left, battles for a loose ball. Credits: Deena Bell
Chris Alterio makes his moves through two defenders. Credits: Deena Bell

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Just a few weeks ago, following a disappointing home loss to Blind Brook, North Salem coach Henry Sassone asked his team what it would make of its first season competing in Class B.

The Tigers’ boys basketball team has been rolling ever since. Their most recent win was a 61-51 victory over visiting No. 11 Woodlands in the first round of Class B sectionals on Thursday, Feb. 15.

“This is what we’ve been waiting for all season,” Sassone said. “I’m proud of somebody like Chris Alterio. He was our MVP last year. He hurt himself during the summer and twisted his ankle against Hendrick Hudson. So it was a slow road for him but he’s now getting his legs under him and accepting his role.”

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An enormous reason for the turnaround and playoff win is undoubtedly the star center, Kendrick Tchoua.  

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