Yorktown Rallies Past Hornets at County Center

Husker Kyle Casey and Hornet Matt Mikulski fight for a loose ball. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys basketball squad finished a highly successful regular season with a 42-34 victory against Lakeland at the Westchester County Center in White Plains on Feb. 10, led by Tanner Dyslin (13 points, 10 rebounds), Marc Spinelli (10 points, 6 rebounds) and Kyle Casey (14 rebounds).

Tim Fallo (16 points) and Mike Capozzi (5 points) paced the Hornets, who led 25-17 at halftime.

Yorktown clinched a share of the League 1-D championship with a 63-36 win against visiting Port Chester on Feb. 7.

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“It means so much to me,” Yorktown junior James Lundberg said. “We had a great season. We worked so hard for it. It’s been a goal of ours to bring it back to Yorktown and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Lundberg (14 points, 8 rebounds), Spinelli (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Matt Severino (11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals) led the Huskers.

“Winning the league means a lot,” Yorktown coach Kevin Downes said. “It hasn’t happened here very often, first time since ’09 and only the third time since 1990 so it’s a pretty big deal.”

Sol Barer (7 points), Casey (6 points), Madison Cora (6 points), Tom Weaver (2 points), Joe Sgobbo (2 points), Cam Cuparo (2 points) and Mike Broder (1 point) also scored for a Yorktown squad that jumped out to a 32-17 halftime lead.

“It was a situation where we felt comfortable with the way we played early,” Downes said. “I wasn’t happy with the turnovers, but overall I felt our defensive energy was very good. We were good on the glass. I thought we executed much better offensively than we had the last couple of games so I was pleased overall.”

Yorktown (15-5) continued to put the pressure on, starting the third quarter on a 14-3 run to seal the game.

“Coach Downes told us that we need to bring the league title back to Yorktown so he said we need we to finish this game and put them away,” Lundberg said.

Lakeland (6-13) gave visiting Fox Lane a battle on its senior night but fell to the Foxes 47-40 on Feb. 7.

“Against Fox Lane we competed the whole game,” Lakeland senior captain Griffin Shiland said. “We know they are a good team so we always tried to make the extra pass which led to some easy baskets around the rim.”

Shiland (14 points), Fallo (9 points) and Capozzi (8 points) ignited the Hornets.

“My teammates did a great job finding me open cutting to the rim, setting screens or making the extra pass,” Shiland said.

Shiland along with fellow seniors Fallo, Patrick Morelli, David Kale, Kyle Harrison, Bryan Petriccione and Matt Mikulski were honored before the game.

“It was very special being a part of this senior class. We have all been playing with one another since the CYO days,” Shiland said. “Walking out together on senior night was awesome and a great way to finish our basketball careers.”

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