Girls Basketball (7-6)

Ossining 59, Somers 49
Wednesday, Jan. 22

Somers’ girls basketball team got off to a slow start and fell to visiting Ossining, 59-49.

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The Tuskers fell behind 25-8 at halftime against the defending Section 1 Class AA state champions.

“The team and I know we came out of the gate timid and flat and we didn’t play the aggressive style we are used to playing,” said Somers senior guard Dani DiCintio. “We take full responsibility as a team and know that we have to come out of the gate playing hard from the get-go, especially against a team like Ossining. I can assure you we will not come out of the gate like that again.”

Jordan May paced Somers with 19 points. Pooja Rao added 13 points and secured 10 rebounds. DiCintio tallied 12 points.

Somers 61, Nanuet 36
Friday, Jan. 24

The Tuskers bounced back with a dominant 61-36 win over visiting Nanuet behind a game-high 20 points and four steals from DiCintio.

Somers jumped out to a 33-14 halftime lead.

Ten different players scored for the Tuskers with May adding seven points. Taylor Penzo and Lauren McCartin had six points apiece.

Somers 55, Yorktown 54 (OT)
Saturday, Jan. 25

Trailing by a point, DiCintio scored with 2.8 seconds left to hand Somers a 55-54 overtime win over host Yorktown.

“My coach (Marc Hattem) ran a play where I was used as a decoy screener,” said DiCintio, who has 998 career points after that game-winner. “And then I circled back to the ball and when it was thrown to me I immediately attacked the rim knowing I only had a couple of seconds to get the shot off. I was surprised how close I was able to get to the basket and fortunately my floater went in.”

Somers led 33-30 after three quarters but the Huskers rallied to send the game into overtime, tied at 45-45.

“The key to pulling out the game in overtime was the fact that our team has had experience in the past seasons in situations just like today,” DiCintio said. “We stayed composed and confident that we could get the job done.”

May sparked Somers with 21 points with DiCintio adding 18 points. Rao netted 8 points.

Boys Basketball (6-7)

Somers 52, Ramapo 45
Wednesday, Jan. 22

Freshman Matt Fitzsimons led Somers with 14 points in a 52-45 win over visiting Ramapo.

Senior captains Joe Grippo and Dylan Berliner added 10 and 8 points, respectively.

The Tuskers held a 41-32 lead after three quarters.

Somers 60, Brewster 44
Saturday, Jan. 25

Berliner paced the Tuskers with a game-high 22 points in a 60-44 league win over host Brewster.

Fitzsimons (11 points) and Bennett Leitner (10 points) contributed in the balanced scoring effort.

“Despite a slow start to the season, the boys are focused and continue to work hard and get better,” Somers associate coach Darryl Atkinson said.

Somers 50, Saunders 49
Monday, Jan. 27

Berliner paced Somers again with a game-high 26 points to propel Somers to a 50-49 road win over Saunders. The senior netted 21 of his 26 points in the first half.

After a 19-point first quarter, Somers led just 24-22 at halftime. The Tuskers took a 41-32 lead after three quarters but Saunders fought back in the fourth. Somers, however, was able to hold on behind 12 second-half points from Drew Lasher. He had 15 points overall.

It was Somers’ fourth straight win to improve their record to 6-7.

“It might not have been pretty, but with my freshman (Fitzsimons) only scoring three points when he’s averaging 10 and getting on a long bus ride on an ugly Monday for a 4:30 game, our kids’ backs were against the wall,” Somers coach Chris DiCintio said. “We grinded it out with our defensive play and held down a Saunders squad whose record (2-9) is not indicative of its individual talent.”


Brewster 60, Somers/North Salem 26
Thursday, Jan. 23

Dominic Barrella (99 pounds, forfeit), David Jocson (145, forfeit), Peter Kim (160, majority decision), Mike Rivera (220, pin) and Thomas Gall (285, majority decision) picked up wins in a 60-26 loss to visiting Brewster.

Mahopac Wrestling Tournament
Saturday, Jan. 25

At the Peter Caruso Memorial Tournament at Mahopac High School, Gall placed second at 220 pounds. He fell to Middletown’s Armel Duke at 5:04 in the finals.

Also placing for the Tuskers were Barrella (99, fourth), Zach Lupinacci (145, fifth), Kim (160, fourth) and Rivera (220, fifth).

Hockey (4-11)

Carmel 2, BYSNS 0
Thursday, Jan. 23 (Brewster Ice Arena)

BYSNS’ goalie Matt Gergley made 22 saves in a 2-0 loss against Carmel.

New Rochelle 4, BYSNS 3 (OT)
Friday, Jan. 24 (The Ice Hutch, Mount Vernon)

The BYSNS fell to New Rochelle 4-3 in overtime, led by Sava Makarenko (1G), Tommy Eberhardt (1G), Brien Suchanek (1G), Frankie Vigiletti (1A), Carson Brunco (1A), Timmy Froessel (1A), and Hawken Hellebo (12 saves).

BYSNS’ co-coach Joey Bonitatibus said he was extremely happy with his team’s performance, which saw it overcome two deficits, before Suchanek tied the game to force overtime.

“We were down two goals early, came back in the second period and tied it up,” Bonitatibus said. “We went down late in the third but never gave up and scored with half a second on the clock. Unfortunately one mistake in overtime caused the loss. I’m proud of this team for never giving up and putting their hearts into that game.”

Mike Sabini contributed to this roundup.