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Boys Hoops: Yorktown Huskers Win Third Straight

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Jesse Bambach goes up for a shot over a pair of Spackenkill defenders. Credits: Jim MacLean
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YORKTOWN, N.Y. — Yorktown’s boys basketball squad won its third game in a row when it defeated visiting Spackenkill 53-44 on Dec. 30.

Ryan Hill, Jesse Bambach and Trevor Bocian have been the catalysts defensively for the Huskers (5-2) according to Yorktown coach Kevin Downes.

That defense has ignited the Husker three-game winning streak, said Yorktown senior guard Nick DeGennaro.

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“When we play well defensively and get out and run, we’re a very tough team to beat,” DeGennaro said, “and the last three games we’ve been doing that.”

Downes said it was positive for his squad to end the calendar year on such a positive note.

“Spackenkill is a solid team with a lot of talented offensive players,” Downes said. “To hold them to 44 points was a great team effort. I was pleased with how we played today. I thought we played well defensively and that helped propel us to the win.”

DeGennaro (18 points, 5 assists, 4 steals), Jesse Bambach (12 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks) and Glen O’Loughlin (11points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks) led Yorktown offensively against Spackenkill.

“Glen and Jesse are really starting to play well,” Downes said. “They are finding their rhythm offensively and are very active both blocking shots and rebounding. We need them to play well if we hope to be successful. Nick continues to play at a high level offensively and still finds ways to get everyone involved.”

DeGennaro said that Bambach and O’Loughlin have made his job easier.

“Jesse and Glen do a great job of running the floor and finishing,” DeGennaro said. “Also, in the half court, they’re great at cutting to the basket and I just deliver them the ball.”

As for DeGennaro being able to play at a high level and still being able to get everyone involved in the offense, he attributes that to the Huskers’ team play.

“We do a great job running in transition and finding each other,” DeGennaro said. “It’s easy to play well with unselfish teammates and I’m lucky to have them.”

On the other side of the floor, the key to the Husker success defensively against the Spartans was communication.

“Spackenkill has some very good players so you really have to talk and work hard defensively to stop them,” DeGennaro said. “Matt Severino and Ryan Hill really led us defensively.”

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