SOMERS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys basketball squad stayed unbeaten when it won at rival Somers 48-38 on Dec. 17 in the championship game of the Michael DePaoli Basketball Tournament.
“Winning this tournament against a rival like Somers means a lot,” said Yorktown senior captain and guard Sol Barer, who was named tournament MVP. “It has highlighted how hard we work in practice and how well we work as a team on the court. Maintaining an undefeated record continues to build our confidence as we step further into the season.”
Barer (19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) did it all for Yorktown against the Tuskers.
“Tonight really was a team effort,” Barer said. “We played a little dead against Putnam Valley in the first round and knew that we had to come ready with intensity to practice yesterday and the game tonight. My teammates gave me good opportunities as we moved the ball very well, especially in the second half.”
All-tourney Tanner Dyslin tallied eight points and 14 rebounds. Matt Severino (8 points, 8 rebounds) also contributed to the sweet victory. He finished a three-point play to extend the Husker lead to 45-38 midway through the fourth quarter.
“Tonight was truly a team win,” Barer said. “Success starts on the defensive end and it’s what we pride ourselves on. This team understands the game and fights with all our hearts. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of. Our practice yesterday set the tone for this evening. And we brought it when we needed to.”
Yorktown overcame Putnam Valley 40-35 on Dec. 15. Helping the Huskers to the win was 6-foot-4 senior forward Kyle Casey, (12 rebounds, 4 points), who heeded the words of Yorktown coach Kevin Downes.
“Obviously my height gives me an advantage to get rebounds, but throughout the game coach Downes kept telling us how important our rebounding needed to be if we wanted to come back and win the game,” Casey said.
Casey also led the Huskers (6-0) in steals with five.
“My long arms help me for defense,” Casey said. “I was able to front their big men and anticipate their passes. I was lucky enough to come away with a steal multiple times.”
Dyslin (12 points, 11 rebounds), who earned the Con Ed Scholar Athlete of the Week Award, and Marc Spinelli (10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), also contributed to the Husker victory against Put Valley.
“Marc and Tanner are born basketball players. They know exactly what to do at any time,” Casey said. “Their passion for the game comes in and it makes them play at the best of their ability every time they step on the court.”
While it wasn’t Yorktown’s best game, it showed enough resiliency to come away with the victory.
“We had a very sloppy game overall. We were having trouble finishing shots but we were able to overcome that and get the win,” Casey said. “We all said we wanted to be back at five on Saturday playing for the championship—that was our motivation to finish out the game.”
Lakeland fell in its lone game of the week, losing 61-39 at Nyack on Dec. 12. The game was a highly competitive contest in the first half, with the Indians leading just by five, 24-19, at halftime.
Lakeland stayed with the host in the opening half because of its ability to get up and down the floor with the Indians.
“We were able to run in transition and get easy points off fast breaks,” Lakeland senior captain Tim Fallo said.
The second half was a different story with Nyack outscoring the visitors 37-20 after halftime.
“They were able to wear us down defensively and in the end they were able to knock down key shots,” Fallo said.
Fallo and Kyle Harrison led the Hornets (2-4) with 10 points each while teammate John Mule’ contributed six points to the Hornets’ cause.
Lakeland plans on staying fresh in-between games, as it wasn’t scheduled to play again until Dec. 21 at Peekskill.
“We will be doing a lot of game-like situations in practice and continue to condition on a daily basis,” Fallo said.