BEDFORD, N.Y. — Yorktown’s boys basketball squad lost both its games this past week, including a 47-31 setback at league favorite and Westchester County Center contender Fox Lane on Jan. 7.
“I was very proud of the effort tonight,” Yorktown coach Kevin Downes said. “Fox Lane is one of the top three teams in Section 1. Our kids competed and played hard and that’s all you can ask.”
The biggest loss for Yorktown, however, was recently losing both Nick DeGennaro and Tanner Dyslin to injury.
Downes is hoping DeGennaro can return within two weeks but the Yorktown coach said that will be determined by how he responds to treatment.
As for Dyslin, Downes said there is no time table for his return.
“It’s a big loss not having Tanner and Nick,” Downes said. “They are both excellent players and represented about 75 percent of our scoring. That said, nobody is going to feel sorry for us. Other guys have to step up and fill the void. I think they are all learning to adjust.”
Jesse Bambach led Yorktown against the Foxes with 12 points, 14 rebound and three blocks.
“Jesse played great tonight and has been getting better each game,” Downes said. “We need him and everyone to elevate their play with or without Nick and Tanner. He has been a good leader and he really responded today.”
Two nights earlier, Yorktown (5-4) lost at John Jay-Cross River 63-50.
Trevor Bocian scored a game-high 17 points for Yorktown along with grabbing five rebounds versus John Jay.
“Trevor shot the ball very well tonight,” Downes said. “He is capable of that type of performance; he just needs to shoot with confidence.”
Glen O’Loughlin contributed 10 points and nine rebounds with DeGennaro tallying 11 points and four steals against the Indians.
Lakeland finished its week with a 65-37 triumph at Pawling on Jan. 9.
Nick Fazio led the way to the win with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Griffin Shiland tallied 12 points and Tim Fallo and Eric Pombo recorded eight points each for the Hornets.
“We came into the game needing the win,” Fazio said. “We knew we had to work hard and get the ball inside.”
Lakeland lost at Beacon 55-44 on Jan. 7, led by Pombo (13 points) and Fallo (11 points).
The Hornets hosted Ossining on Jan. 5 and were nipped by the Pride 39-37.
Lakeland (4-6) did get off to a hot start, jumping out to a 15-5 lead.
“We came out excited to be back into the season, and we really wanted to compete with a good Ossining basketball team,” Fazio said.
Leading Lakeland against Ossining was Fazio (10 points and 12 rebounds) and Nick Jarosz (10 points and 8 rebounds).
“Jarosz and I try to be as aggressive as we can,” Fazio said. “We also got help from our teammates.”
Pombo contributed nine points to the Hornets’ cause against Ossining.