NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— North Salem’s boys basketball team trailed by a point heading into the fourth quarter, but exploded to pull out a 63-51 win over Rye Neck in the opening round of North Salem’s Booster Club Tournament on Jan. 12.

The Tigers trailed 40-39 after three quarters and were down 28-25 at halftime.

“It was our intensity at the end of the thirrd and the whole fourth quarter,” North Salem senior John Martabano said of the key to pulling out the win. “We played with heart and when we play with heart we are an extremely tough team to play against. If we learn to have that heart all the time we can be extremely successful this season.”

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Chris Alterio paced North Salem with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bryan Gomez and Martabano added 10 points apiece.

North Salem (8-1) hosts Solomon Schechter at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 and then hosts Pawling at the same time a day later in a league game.

Track Team Runs at League Meet

The Tigers’ winter track and field squad competed in the League 3B championships at the Armory in New York City on Jan. 15.

For the boys, Mike Selzer was a standout, winning the 1,600 meters in a clocking of 4:42.79.

North Salem won the 4x800-meter relay in a time of 8:46.57. The team was comprised of Selzer, Nick Kowgios, Evgeniy Batuyev and Ben Leicht.

Kowgios placed second in the 600 meters in 1:29.45.

Lucas Collettes was third in the 300 meters in 40.04 seconds. Leicht was third in the 3,200 meters in 10:32.10. Batuyev took third in the 1,000 meters (2:48.50).

Mark Ribaudo finished fourth in the 55-meter dash in 7.42 seconds. He also was fifth in the long jump (16-08 1/2).

On the girls side, Lamorna Coyle took third in the 1,000 meters in 3:24.85.