Yorktown Loses a Heartbreaker

Marc Spinelli puts up a shot in the paint. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys basketball squad suffered a heartbreaking 56-55 loss to visiting Walter Panas on Jan. 13 in the opening round of the 20th Annual George Budries Basketball Tournament with the Panthers winning on a buzzer-beating corner 3-pointer by Stephan Reyes.

“We talked about it,” Yorktown coach Kevin Downes said. “We played hard, we didn’t play smart. There are no moral victories. We didn’t do what we needed to do to win. You give up a three at the buzzer and it’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Leading the Huskers was James Lundberg, who tallied a team-high 18 points.

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“He was aggressive,” Downes said. “He went to the basket. He played like we know he’s capable of playing. It was good to see him go to that level.”

Matt Severino, whose hoop in traffic put Yorktown up 55-53 with 11.5 seconds remaining, scored all of his eight points in the final quarter.

“He’s a tough player,” Downes said. “He got in foul trouble in the first half and it took us a little bit out of rhythm defensively but that’s what you expect from a senior captain, the way he played in the fourth quarter.”

A key loss for the Huskers was they were playing without one of the best front-court players in the section, Tanner Dyslin, who is “day to day,” according to Downes.

Dyslin was on the bench, wearing a walking boot on his left leg.

“He reinjured it in Greeley after a couple of minutes of playing,” Downes said. “It certainly hurts not having him but no excuses. We have to be able to overcome that stuff and be able to still get a W.”

Yorktown’s Kyle Casey recorded nine points, all in the second half. Six of teammate Sol Barer’s seven points came in the opening quarter.

The Huskers fell at Horace Greeley 58-48 on Jan. 12. Marc Spinelli led Yorktown against the Quakers with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Yorktown (7-3) finished its week with a 52-49 loss against Pearl River on Jan. 14 at Tappan Zee High School in the first annual “Two Counties, One Cause” showcase, which was started to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Lundberg (19 points, 5 rebounds) and Spinelli (15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) led Yorktown against Pearl River.

Lakeland defeated host Gorton 67-64 on Jan. 13, led by Tim Fallo’s 15 points and eight rebounds.

“We were able to push the ball in transition and knock down open jump shots,” Fallo said. “After losing five in a row, this was a huge win for us to get back on track.”

Chris Foci (15 points), John Mule’ (13 points) and Matt Mikulski (10 points) along with Fallo helped create a well-balanced Hornet attack.

“We were unselfish with the ball and were able to find the open man,” Fallo said.

Defensively, it wasn’t Lakeland’s best game but as Fallo correctly pointed out, the Hornets (3-7) toughened up when it counted the most.

“We didn’t play that well defensively, but we made stops when we needed to,” Fallo said.

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