SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-In a hotly contested affair, Lakeland’s boys basketball squad defeated visiting Yorktown 46-45 on Jan. 22 to complete a two-game sweep of the teams’ season series.
The victory was a sweet one for the Hornets, who also won at Yorktown in December.
“It meant a lot to beat our crosstown rival,” Lakeland’s Joe Vetrano said. “We really wanted that game and I think we played very well.”
The Hornets used a well-balanced scoring attack to secure the victory with Jack Kruse (11 points), Vetrano (11 points) and Mike Capozzi (10 points) leading the Hornets to the win.
“We were focused on winning that game and wanted to beat them at our home court and we did a great job of not giving up,” Vetrano said.
Yorktown also displayed plenty of balance on its squad as well.
Mike Broder came up big for the Huskers with 14 points and four steals. James Lundberg recorded 12 points and six rebounds while Marc Spinelli tallied nine points.
Lakeland fell 76-52 at Somers the following day.
Despite the loss to the Tuskers, Vetrano had a big game for the Hornets, registering a team-high 20 points.
“I was being very physical under the glass and just fighting for the ball,” Vetrano said. “My teammates did a great job of feeding me the ball inside the paint.”
Kruse and Jared Cohen also made their presence felt for the Hornets against Somers by scoring eight points apiece.
Lakeland (5-9) lost 66-55 to visiting Walter Panas on Jan. 26, led by Chris Foci (13 points), Kruse (10 points) and Regan Fallo (9 points).
Yorktown rebounded from its defeat at Lakeland in fine fashion when it beat visiting Port Chester 68-27 on Jan. 23.
Broder acknowledged the boost that victory against the Rams provided after the heartbreaking one-point loss to Lakeland the night before.
The Huskers’ play in the first half showed how much they wanted the victory, as they got off to 32-20 halftime lead against the Rams.
“We knew this was a much-needed win coming in and everyone was fired up and ready to go,” Broder said.
While Yorktown played well in the first half, it heeded the words of its coach Kevin Downes at halftime to continue to play hard and not show any signs of complacency.
“Coach told us at halftime to not be content with what we had and to keep going and we did just that,” Broder said.
Keying the Huskers to victory was their ability to share the basketball as four players reached double figures in scoring: Spinelli (15 points, six rebounds), Lundberg (14 points, 10 rebounds), Broder (12 points, 5 assists) and Ben Schumer (11 points, 5 rebounds).
“Ball movement was the key to our scoring balance,” Broder said. “Every player on this team doesn’t care about his own personal stats as opposed to the team’s stats and it showed tonight.”
Yorktown (6-9) finished the week with a 47-42 loss against visiting Ossining on Jan. 25, led by Spinelli (18 points, 5 rebounds) and Schumer (10 points).