SOMERS, N.Y.-With a league championship within reach, Somers’ boys basketball team dropped a 44-39 defensive battle against visiting Walter Panas on senior night on Friday, Feb. 2.

A victory would have put the Tuskers in the driver’s seat for their first league title since 1989, but after scoring just four fourth-quarter points the league title picture has become muddled.

“The game never got away from us, but we couldn’t put the ball in the bucket,” Somers coach Chris DiCintio said. “Our defensive intensity got better after the first quarter. Some nights you’re going to hit shots and other nights you’re not.”

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The Tuskers were scheduled to face Lakeland Thursday, Feb. 8. They had to win that game and John Jay-Cross River had to defeat Panas the same day for the three teams to share the title.

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