NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— North Salem’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams both went 2-0 on the week.
The boys trailed visiting Pawling by three points at halftime but had a big second half in a 68-56 win on Jan. 20.
North Salem junior Chris Alterio netted 25 points, while senior point guard Miles D’Alessandro tallied 22 points.
“The key was to just stay calm, play as a team and try to get the ball into our scorers’ hands,” Alterio said. “And to get to the free-throw line in the fourth to score with the clock off.”
The duo has been an incredible scoring tandem for the Tigers the last few seasons.
“We feed off each other a lot throughout the entire game,” Alterio said. “There are many plays we’ll make together where I know what he’s thinking and he knows what I’m thinking. And if one of us is having an off night it’s the other’s responsibility to pick him up and get his head in the game because we both need each other.”
North Salem (10-1) routed visiting Solomon Schechter 59-31 on Jan. 19.
D’Alessandro (15 points, 8 assists), Alterio (12 points, 10 rebounds) were big contributors in the win. Austin Waldron, Ryan Donovan and John Martabano added eight points apiece.
The Tigers traveled to Putnam Valley on Jan. 25, head to Haldane for a 7 p.m. league game on Jan. 27 and host Brewster at 4 p.m. the following day.
The girls also defeated visiting Pawling, cruising to a 44-29 win on Jan. 19 behind 15 points and solid defense from eighth-grader Abby Mascia.
“We had a slow start, but then we really had our press working well that day and it helped us create turnovers,” North Salem coach Eric Buzzetto said. “The real key to the win was the defensive play from Alina DiMella. Alina showed why she is a captain this year. Great games of help defense and boxing out for her.”
Two days later they hosted Palisade Prep and pulled off a 45-30 win to improve to 8-5.
“We did not shoot the ball well on Saturday, but we had our fast break working very well,” Buzzetto said. “We were able to run on them a lot through the game to get some easy points.”
Grace Curran sparked the Tigers with 12 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Buzzetto credited Maggie Boardman with playing lockdown defense.
North Salem hosts Putnam Valley on Jan. 25 and then takes on visiting Haldane at 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 27.