NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – After a difficult start to the season which saw the North Salem boys’ basketball team drop four straight games, the Tigers opened league play Monday (Jan. 13) with a decisive 67-43 home win against league rival Putnam Valley. They found themselves in the win column again two days later, with a 64-57 road win over Bronxville.
North Salem’s record now stands at 4-6.
“We are starting to trust each other on the court more,” said Coach Chris Regan. “It develops in practice with some of our drills and activities. They are starting to better understand each other’s strengths and are learning to play to them.”
Leading the way in the win over Putnam Valley were sophomore Roger Squire (21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks) and junior Anthony Foglia (14 points, 10 rebounds).
North Salem came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, jumping out to a 23-10 lead after one quarter. The Tigers led the rest of the way behind a dominant offensive rebounding performance (18) and strong three-point shooting (11 for 26).
At Bronxville on Wednesday, Jan. 15, North Salem’s defense held the Broncos to just 21 points in three quarters, taking a 16-point lead into the final frame. The Tigers survived a wild fourth quarter, in which they were outscored 36-27.
“Putnam Valley was a nice league win, but the win at Bronxville was our best overall team game of the season,” Regan said. “Bronxville entered that game at 6-3 and we really played well throughout on both offense and defense. We were up 19 with 3:30 to go, and they hit some threes near the end to make it closer.”
The consistent Foglia came up with another solid game, scoring 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-3 FT) and grabbing 7 rebounds. Kevin Ryan (15 points, 6 steals), Christian Norberto (17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals) and Steven Herlihy (12 points) also filled up the box score.
“Anthony [Foglia] is very consistent with rebounding,” Regan said. “Roger [Squire] and Christian [Norberto] have alternated solid games. Kevin [Ryan], even when he is not scoring, is our constant as far as his ability to handle the ball under pressure and use his athleticism to create chances for himself and others. Steven Herlihy has also been a steadying presence in the lineup as he has shifted into more of a ball-handling role.”
After scoring less than 40 points against both Haldane (Jan. 4) and Dobbs Ferry (Jan. 8), Herlihy said the team needed to “pick it up offensively.”
“We were in both games till the fourth quarter mostly due to our defense,” Herlihy said. “However, our lack of offensive production in those two games made it hard for us to win those games.”
In the wins over Putnam Valley and Bronxville, the team has scored more consistently and turned the ball over less, Herlihy said.
“Guys like Kevin [Ryan], Anthony [Foglia] and Mike [Horan] I feel like have done a very good job these past two games distributing the ball and giving guys like myself, Roger [Squire] and Christian [Norberto] a chance to score points,” he said.
North Salem’s scheduled Saturday, Jan. 18, game at Edgemont was postponed until Tuesday, Jan. 21, because of an anticipated snowstorm. They were also scheduled to travel to Port Chester on Wednesday, Jan. 22, and host Brewster on Friday, Jan. 24.
“I think that, moving forward, I hope that we will continue to develop our trust with each other and that will, hopefully, enable us to build on these past two victories,” Regan said.
Consistency is key for the Tigers going forward, Herlihy said.
“I think as long as guys continue to focus every day at practice and have confidence in themselves then I think they’ll get the results in the end,” Herlihy said. “Right now, we’re playing well as a team, so who puts it in the hoop doesn’t matter as much as long as someone puts it in the hoop.”