WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.— Yorktown’s boys basketball squad was making its first postseason trip to the Westchester County Center in White Plains since 2009 on March 3 when it took on No. 3-seeded Scarsdale in the semifinals of the Section 1 Class AA tournament.
The seventh-seeded Huskers were looking to earn a trip to the finals against top-seeded and perennial power Mount Vernon, but Scarsdale was just too tough to handle.
The Raiders scored 18 of the game’s first 22 points and never looked back in a 61-44 victory.
Yorktown senior captain Tanner Dyslin gave his squad brief hope when he made a 3-pointer right before the end of the first quarter, cutting Scarsdale’s lead to 18-7.
“It felt great,” Dyslin said. “I was just thinking ‘get a shot off’ and I was able to do so and fortunately make it.”
Scarsdale never slowed down, however, outscoring the Huskers 18-9 in the second quarter to go up 34-16 at halftime in a game it was never seriously threatened in.
“Scarsdale has a lot of skilled guards who are quick and can shoot and they were able to capitalize on their open looks,” guard Marc Spinelli said.
Spinelli did all he could to keep the Huskers in the game, by scoring a team-high 14 points. He made six of nine shots from the field, including a 3-pointer.
“His ability to get to the basket and draw fouls is one of the best in the section,” Dyslin said of Spinelli. “He’s going to have a big year next year.”
Despite the loss, the Huskers took pride in the fact that they made it to the Holy Grail of Section 1 high school hoops, the County Center.
“It’s a huge accomplishment and is something that all of us are still very proud of,” Spinelli said.
In addition to the pride they had in making it as far as they did, the Huskers enjoyed playing in the fervent atmosphere that makes up the County Center in the postseason.
“The atmosphere in the County Center was awesome and I hope to be lucky enough to be back next year,” Spinelli said. “The key to making it back next year will be to work hard every day in practice and we will have to have some more guys step up as well.”
For Dyslin, playing on such a big stage was something he had dreamed about since he was a kid.
“It was incredible,” Dyslin said. “I remember going to semifinal and final games at the County Center and it was a really special moment playing in front of a big crowd in the section semifinal.”
For Dyslin (10 points, 5 rebounds), the game against Scarsdale was his last in a Husker uniform in a season that he said meant everything to him.
“The hard work we put in all season and adversity we faced helped us grow as a team,” Dyslin said. “It doesn’t happen often here in Yorktown, so when it does happen it’s pretty special.”
Matt Severino (6 points, 4 steals), Mike Broder (6 points), James Lundberg (4 points), Sol Barer (2 points), Cam Cuparo (1 point), Tom Weaver (1 point) and Kyle Casey (9 rebounds) all made contributions to the effort of the Huskers, who finished 17-6.