Double Dose of Revenge for Yorktown

Marc Spinelli shoots a corner three. Credits: Deena Bell

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys basketball squad won 59-53 at Fox Lane on Feb. 3, avenging an earlier loss to the Foxes in Yorktown.

“There’s nothing worse than losing on your home court, especially in overtime,” Yorktown senior Kyle Casey said. “So this win felt perfect, especially to win on their home court. We came into the game fired up.”

Yorktown won the game by overcoming a 33-26 halftime deficit.

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“Coach (Kevin) Downes came into the locker room at halftime and told us how we needed to step up and how much this game meant,” Casey said. “It got us pumped up and we were able to play to the best of our ability in the second half.”

Sol Barer (19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Casey (13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks) and James Lundberg (12 points, 4 rebounds) led Yorktown.

“James, Sol and I were able to find open spots in the court and get ourselves good shots,” Casey said. “Our teammates also did very good finding us. We were able to finish on most of the shots we attempted. The whole game was won on a team effort.”

Yorktown defeated visiting Horace Greeley 49-34 on Feb. 1, avenging an earlier road loss to the Quakers, which was the Huskers’ first setback of the season.

“Our energy and focus across the board was much more intense this time around,” said Barer, a senior captain. “I think we rested on our laurels a little bit after coming out 7-0 last time. We lost track of the things that got us there: defense, intensity, smart play and heart. We came out tonight ready for battle and took it to them.”

Barer (10 points, 7 rebounds), Casey (10 points), Marc Spinelli (10 points) and Matt Severino (7 points) all contributed to the Huskers’ win.

“Any win feels good,” Barer said. “For the entire team to rebound the way we did shows a lot about our character. A handful of us know players on the Greeley team, so this game was personal. Pulling out a win on senior night is all you can ask for. It’s difficult to beat a team twice — revenge was sweet.”

The Huskers (13-5) beat host Ossining 65-53 on Jan. 30 with Tanner Dyslin (21 points, 8 rebounds) and Barer (19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) leading Yorktown.

“The entire team knew how important the game was and that we really needed to show up,” Barer said. “The great thing about this team is no one is out for themselves. It just worked out that the guys found Tanner and I for some good opportunities that we seized. So many guys influence the game in very impactful ways. Not all of these show up in the stat sheet, but we know their role and how important it is to have a true team effort.”

Severino added 13 points against the Pride.

Yorktown (13-5) lost 54-45 to Roy C. Ketcham on Feb. 4 at the Officials vs. Cancer Classic at Dutchess Community College, paced by Spinelli (13 points), Barer (10 points) and Severino (8 points, 8 rebounds).

Lakeland fell at sister school Walter Panas 63-49 on Feb. 1 with John Mule’ (9 points), Matt Mikulski (9 points) and Patrick Morelli (8 points) doing the honors for the Hornets.

The Hornets (6-11) lost 84-75 to visiting Beacon on Feb. 5, led by Morelli (16 points), Mule’ (13 points) and Griffin Shiland (10 points).

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