YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The Yorktown boys basketball team is looking to build off last year’s sectional playoff appearance, in which, as the No. 22 seed, they dropped an out-bracket game, 62-47, to No. 11 Beacon.
Returning for the Huskers this year are guard Robert Miller (5 feet, 11 inches), senior forward Roni Brucaj (6 feet, 2 inches), senior forward Sean Vogel (6 feet, 1 inch) and senior guard Matthew Mahoney (6 feet, 1 inch).
“I expect all four returning seniors to continue to compete in practice, and help us get better every day,” said Mark Pavella, Yorktown’s second-year coach.
The coach has high expectations from his team captains, Brucaj and Miller.
“I expect them to be positive role models and leaders for our team,” said Pavella, whose squad was 7-14 a year ago.
Yorktown’s newcomers this season are senior forward Martin Kopacz (6 feet, 3 inches), junior guard Jared Faivre (5 feet, 9 inches), junior guard Sam Pincus (5 feet, 11 inches), junior forward Anthony Granitto (6 feet, 2 inches), junior guard/forward David Dippolito (6 feet), junior guard Daniel Trashani (5 feet, 10 inches), sophomore guard Jack Prybylski (6 feet, 1 inche), sophomore forward Eddie Brucaj (6 feet, 5 inches) and freshman guard Antoine Cole (5 feet, 7 inches).
“I expect this group of newcomers to work hard in practice every day, as well as in the weight room,” Pavella said. “They will need to compete to help our team get better each day. I expect them all to make positive contributions to the team this year.”
Chemistry and commitment are perhaps the team’s biggest strengths, Pavella said.
“Our goal each year is to be competitive in every game, and compete for a league championship, as well as qualify for sectional play,” Pavella said. “I expect everyone to work hard on the court and in the classroom each day.”
Yorktown opens the season with a challenging contest at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Fox Lane, a team that in 2016 upset perennial powerhouse Mount Vernon, 67-60, in the Section 1 Class AA title game at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
“To get off to a good start, our team will need to play with a lot of effort, as well as be confident in our ability,” Pavella said. “Fox Lane is always a talented team and well-coached group.”
The Huskers will then host the 23rd annual George Budries Yorktown Boys and Girls Memorial Basketball Tournament.
Their opening round game in the tournament will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, against Walter Panas.
The game against Panas is a rematch of last year’s opening-round contest, which the Huskers won, 59-48, avenging a loss earlier in the season at Panas.
The tournament’s consolation and championships games will be held at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.