Duo Leads Yorktown to Sectional Win

Nick DeGennaro spots up for a jumper. Credits: Rick Kuperberg

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – No. 15 Yorktown got great games from Tanner Dyslin and Nick DeGennaro, propelling the Huskers to a 53-45 triumph against visiting No. 18 Mamaroneck on Feb. 12 in the out-bracket round of the Section 1 Class AA Tournament.

“It’s a great feeling,” DeGennaro said. “Early on in high school, we didn’t win a lot of playoff games so it’s good to finish out my senior year and win a playoff game.”

Dyslin led the Huskers with 22 points, followed right behind by 19 points from DeGennaro.

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“They have been on a roll the last couple of games, really trying to find their rhythm and making some good shots,” Yorktown coach Kevin Downes said. “It’s been nice to see that maturity and that improvement throughout the course of the season.”

Yorktown got off to 16-10 lead late in the first quarter, on a field goal by Matt Severino. Dyslin helped the Huskers build that lead with eight points.

“We came out with a lot of intensity, we knew it was a big game,” Dyslin said. “We turned it up on defense, got some key stops, up and down the floor, got some easy buckets.”

Mamaroneck did cut Yorktown’s lead to one, 33-32, midway through the third quarter but the Huskers scored eight of the last nine points of the quarter, to go up 41-33.

That run was highlighted in the middle of it by a trey from the top of the key from DeGennaro.

“Tanner made a good pass to me, I just set my feet and knocked it down,” DeGennaro said.

Dyslin essentially sealed the game with an “and one”, putting Yorktown up 48-39 with 4:55 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“I saw DeGennaro get the ball, make a great move, nice little pass, my focus was finishing and I did, I got the foul and made the free throw,” Dyslin said. “It was a good moment. It got me really hyped up.”

Yorktown (12-9) finished its regular season with a 68-62 loss at Tappan Zee on Feb. 9.

DeGennaro (23 points) and Glen O’Loughlin (14 points) led the Huskers against their Rockland County opponent, which features the very talented Rob McWilliams and Victor Clirval.

“Tappan Zee is one of the best teams around with two of the best players around,” DeGennaro said, “and we played with them well.”

No. 19 Lakeland attempted to give host No. 14 Brewster a run for its money in the outbracket round of the Class A tournament on Feb. 12 but fell to the Bears 54-49.

“We came out slow but we showed a lot of fight at the end,” Lakeland’s Trevor McCarthy said. “I really enjoyed playing with this group and wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

McCarthy led Lakeland (8-13) with 22 points, followed by 14 points from Tim Fallo.

“Tim shot really well — it’s great to see him play with confidence especially with how quick he can get hot,” McCarthy said. “For me I was just trying to get to the rim and create chances for myself.”

For McCarthy, it was his last game wearing a Lakeland uniform, an experience he will greatly miss.

Said McCarthy: “I’ll miss just the bond with my teammates, I’ll miss lacing them up with all of my friends everyday but I’m glad I got to go out with this group of kids and coach (Steve) Fallo and coach (Joe) Chiara.”

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