YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys basketball squad beat Somers 52-49 on Jan. 16 in the consolation game of the 20th Annual George Budries Basketball Tournament and in the process swept the season series from the Tuskers.
“Somers has become a huge rivalry for us over the past couple of years, so whenever you see them on the schedule you get excited,” Yorktown senior Kyle Casey said. “It gives everyone a motive to play hard the whole entire game. That's how we were able to beat them. It feels even better that we were able to beat them twice.”
Casey, who had 12 rebounds, five blocks, three steals and two points, was named to the all-tournament team for coach Kevin Downes’ squad.
“I give credit to my whole team and coach Downes for the way I was able to play against Somers,” Casey said. “Coach gets us fired up to play all the time and when our team is playing hard and with energy it makes everyone around you play hard too. That's what made me able to play the way I did.”
Marc Spinelli (15 points), Michael Broder (14 points) and Matt Severino (10 points) led the Huskers offensively, who saw the return from injury of key frontcourt player Tanner Dyslin (2 points) to the lineup.
“Marc has been a dominant force on offense for us the whole season, so this was another strong performance for him,” Casey said. “Sev has also performed well offensively for us so this was just another good showing for him. Michael came off the bench firing. He was able to hit on most of his threes and was able to sink his foul shots. With Tanner not being 100 percent healthy they knew that they had to start taking control of the offense, and they were able to do that against Somers.”
James Lundberg (4 points), Tom Weaver (3 points) and Sol Barer (2 points) also scored against the Tuskers.
Yorktown (8-4) finished the week with a tough 52-48 overtime loss to visiting Fox Lane on Jan. 18, led by Lundberg (11 points), Barer (9 points) and Spinelli (8 points).
Lakeland defeated visiting Brewster 57-49 on Jan. 19.
“We went out there with a tough mentality and to try and set the tone and be the aggressors,” Lakeland senior forward Matt Mikulski said.
Mikulski led Lakeland with 11 points in addition to grabbing five rebounds.
“I was just trying to go out there and be a team player and try to do anything that would help the team win,” Mikulski said.
Tim Fallo (9 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists) also stood out.
“Tim had a great game for us tonight both shooting and leading the fast break,” Mikulski said.
Patrick Morelli and Chris Foci contributed eight points each.
Lakeland (4-8) lost at John Jay-Cross River 57-52 on Jan. 20, led by John Mule’ (10 points), Mikulski (10 points) and Griffin Shiland (9 points).