NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-North Salem’s boys basketball team opened its season last week by splitting its first two games. But the big news was that the Tigers delivered veteran head coach Henry Sassone’s 400th career victory, 76–68, on the road at Westlake in their season opener on Dec. 5.

Sassone, the North Salem athletic director of 30 years and head basketball coach for 33, gave all the credit to his players, and said he still loves his job.

“It was big, and it makes me think about all the years and all the kids who came through the programs and played over 33 years at North Salem,” he said. “If you’ve been at it as long as I have, it’s all about working with the kids every day. I love practices, seeing them grow and come back from college, working and doing well for themselves.”

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Sassone won his fourth sectional title with the Tigers last March as they defeated Alexander Hamilton to claim the Class C crown.

The game also marked the debut of newcomers Kendrick Tchoua—a 6-foot-6 junior from Baltimore—and brothers Mike and Kevin Ryan, transfers from Kennedy Catholic.

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