YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys basketball squad started 2017 off right, defeating visiting Ossining 45-32 on Jan. 4, holding the Pride to just five fourth-quarter points and no field goals.

“Defense has been the main focus of this team and Matt Severino and James Lundberg executed our game plan extremely well,” Yorktown senior captain Tanner Dyslin said.

Dyslin scored a team-high 18 points and in addition contributed seven rebounds and four assists.

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“I was able to find the holes in their zone and my teammates did a great job of finding me,” Dyslin said. “The key to scoring against a zone is ball movement—something we did really well.”

Fellow senior captain Sol Barer (11 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) also stood out for the unbeaten Huskers (7-0).

“Sol has great basketball IQ and is one of our team’s leaders,” Dyslin said. “We were able to get out in transition, and that’s where Sol really shines.”

Lakeland fell 54-48 to visiting John Jay-Cross River Jan. 4.

“I give John Jay credit for its defense and the communication they have on the court,” Lakeland junior guard John Mule’ said.

John Jay had a 27-20 lead at halftime and held a 42-32 lead at the end of the third quarter, which the Hornets ended on a 9-2 run.

Lakeland extended that run to 15-2 by scoring the first six points of the final quarter, cutting the John Jay advantage to 42-38 with less than six minutes to play.

“The key is to never give up no matter the score and to keep working hard,” Mule’ said.

Getting into double digits for the Hornets against John Jay were Mule’ (16 points) and Kyle Harrison (10 points).

“Kyle and I worked very hard during the break at practice along with the rest of the team,” Mule’ said. “We were both able to get to the basket strong and I was able to make pretty much all my shots.”

Tim Fallo also got into the box score for the Hornets with six points.

Fallo and Mule’ shared team-high honors with 11 points each in the Hornets’ 57-48 loss at Somers on Jan. 6.

Fallo was also strong on the boards, pulling down a team-high seven rebounds.

Lakeland held a 27-23 lead at halftime, but Somers erupted in the third quarter, outscoring the Hornets 23-5 to take a 46-32 lead into the fourth.

Chris Foci contributed 10 points for Lakeland (2-7) against the Tuskers.