It was a week where every player on the roster got in on the action. The Somers boys basketball team dominated the competition in wins over John Jay-East Fishkill and Brewster last week.
The Tuskers made quick work of John Jay-East Fishkill in a 77-36 victory in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at North Salem High School on Jan. 26.
Max Germaine was named the game’s MVP. He had six points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Lucas Fecci tallied a team-high 12 points. Dylan Berliner had 11 points. Nick Maestri and Declan Talleur added 10 points apiece.
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Somers’ suffocating pressure forced the Patriots into turnover after turnover. The Tuskers led 21-6 after one quarter.
“We’ve been using our speed and athleticism all season to come out and press and run,” Somers coach Chris DiCintio said. “I actually thought the first minute we came out a little sluggish but as soon as we called a timeout and regrouped, from that moment on the kids refocused, put their foot on the pedal and never let off.”
With the second unit taking the floor in the second quarter, Somers didn’t miss a step. Talleur nailed a three followed by back to back 3-pointers from Berliner to stretch the lead to 34-6 with 3:04 left in the first half. Two buckets from Henry Gilroy and a basket from Talleur made it 40-6.
“The bench did an outstanding job of keeping the momentum,” DiCintio said. “Obviously, in basketball you can’t play 10, 11, or 12 guys every game. You have to have some kind of rotation, an average rotation of seven or eight players. Several of the guys that got out there the last few games are guys that we have high hopes for in the future. When we have an opportunity to get these guys some game minutes, it’s a positive for them, the coaching staff and the program in the future.”
Somers outscored John Jay-EF 19-3 in the second quarter to take a 40-9 lead into halftime.
“What’s special about this team is that they’re all on the same page,” DiCintio said. “They all work hard in practice, they all care about one another and they all cheer for each other to do well.”
The Tuskers trounced host Brewster 62-39 two days earlier. Germaine (12 points), Charlie Weissman (9 points), Talleur (9 points), Jalen Wilson (8 points) and Maestri (8 points) led a balanced attack.
Somers, which boasts a 12-2 record, is 6-1 in league play and second in the league currently behind Horace Greeley. The Tuskers were scheduled to host league foe Lakeland on Jan. 30. They then welcome rival John Jay-Cross River on Feb. 1 at 6:15 p.m. The next day, Somers heads to Hendrick Hudson for a 6 p.m. game.
“Our motto this year is to take one step at a time and we kind of bought into that motto,” DiCintio said. “By doing that, what we’re doing is basically going day by day and game by game. We’re going to let the chips fall where they may. Sometimes you put so much pressure on the kids to achieve a certain goal and then they feel like if they don’t reach that goal then the whole season’s a failure. These kids are far from being a failure.”