SOMERS,N.Y.-When they were sophomores, Lorenzo Bicknese, Gio Tradito, Jack Gilroy and Chris DiCintio Jr. stepped on the court as varsity players for the first time.
In their senior season, they’re looking to leave a lasting impact on the Somers boys basketball program.
The quartet leads the team as starting captains of a Tusker team coming off a 12-11 season where they advanced to the quarterfinals before bowing out against a tough Tappan Zee team on the road.
The Tuskers jetted out to a 7-3 start and were poised to claim a league title but faltered after injuries to forwards Gilroy and Nick Gargiulo midway through the season, ultimately coming up short of their first league title since 1989.
Somers coach Chris DiCintio feels the team is the favorite this season in a league with Walter Panas, John Jay-Cross River, Lakeland and Brewster.
“Now they’re seniors and even though four seniors dropped off, the five that remain on the squad have one goal in mind and that’s to win the league,” coach DiCintio said. “They want to solidify themselves in the school. Yes, Gilroy and DiCintio were on the (football) state championship team. Tradito and Bicknese, they only play basketball, and the same with (Kevin) Halper. Three of the five seniors, they want to put themselves in the rafters. Three years ago when we went to the (Westchester) County Center (for the semifinals), we came up short with the league. They want to win the league first and foremost and everything after that, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
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