Led by Augie Karaqi (22 points), Jack Kruse (21 points) and Rob Nardelli (16 points), No. 15 Lakeland won its Section 1 Class A Boys Basketball Tournament out-bracket contest with a 75-64 victory against visiting No. 18 Lincoln on Feb. 16.
“I thought Jack, Augie and Rob Nardelli really played well for us offensively,” Lakeland coach Steve Fallo said.
Lakeland extended its 42-38 halftime lead in the third quarter, outscoring Lincoln 18-7 in the quarter, shutting down Tyliek Crews, who made five 3s in the opening half.
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“That kind of hurt us in the sense that we really didn’t think he was that good a shooter,” Fallo said. “We thought he was going to be more inside. So we just made an adjustment, we locked him off in the third quarter. That kind of slowed their offense down a little bit. I don’t think he scored in the third quarter. So that was big for us, just locking down their outside shooter.”
Greeley 83, Lakeland 56
Lakeland lost at Horace Greeley 83-56 on Feb. 13, led by Kruse (17 points), Nardelli (11 points), Joe Vetrano (8 points) and Karaqi (8 points).
Lakeland 68, John Jay-CR 64
Lakeland (11-10) got revenge when it beat visiting John Jay-Cross River on its Senior Night 68-64 Feb. 11.
“It was a very big win for us Monday night to beat a good team like John Jay,” Vetrano said. “Last time we played each other we made mistakes and they played a great game.”
Igniting Lakeland was Vetrano (17 points), Kruse (16 points), JP Walsh (10 points) and Nardelli (9 points).
“It’s something we worked on in practice looking for the open man and finding the mismatch,” Vetrano said. “It took a total team effort to beat a team like John Jay.”
Beacon 62, Yorktown 47
No. 22 Yorktown fell at No. 11 Beacon 62-47 in the out-bracket round of the Class A tournament on Feb. 16, led by Joe Sgobbo (13 points).
Yorktown 44, Brewster 33
Yorktown won its Senior-Night tilt 44-33 against visiting Brewster on Feb. 13, led by Sgobbo (19 points), Ben Schumer (9 points), Tommy Weaver (8 points), Chris Martz (4 points), Anthony Ortiz (3 points) and Nick Buono (1 point).
“It feels great to close out the regular season with a win, especially on Senior Night,” said Sgobbo, a senior. “I’m hoping this will give us momentum heading into the playoffs.”
Playing well on both side of the ball was key to the win.
“We played really tough defense tonight,” Sgobbo said. “On offense we scored a lot of our points in the paint and made a couple of clutch 3-pointers at the end of the game.”
Somers 65,Yorktown 51
Somers won 65-51 at Yorktown (7-14) on Feb. 11, with the Huskers being paced by Schumer (21 points) and Ortiz (17 points).
Lakeland 59, Saunders 25
Host No. 14 Lakeland beat No. 19 Saunders 59-25 in the out-bracket round of the Class A tournament on Feb. 16, ignited by Tyler Hormazabal (12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals), Sophia Portante (11 points) and Amanda Cole (9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals).
The Hornets won by overcoming the loss of their standout performer Alexa Cole, who was out because of the flu.
“Everybody is used to getting the ball to Alexa,” Lakeland coach Miranda Mangan said. “But we told them, today’s the day for you guys to step up, whoever wants to can. It was nice to see that all the girls worked together to make sure we were taking the right shots at the right time and they were passing and hitting each other when they were open, they weren’t being selfish. It was good, they did well.”
John Jay-CR 56, Lakeland 40
Lakeland (10-11) started the week with a 56-40 loss at John Jay-Cross River on Feb. 11, with Alexa Cole (21 points, 9 rebounds) and Bri Monte (7 points, 2 rebounds) leading the Hornets.
Yorktown 56, Brewster 47
Yorktown (13-7, 7-5) ended its regular season with a 56-47 victory at Brewster on Feb. 13, ignited by Kat Severino (24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks), Melissa Severino (12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists), Ashley Zeolla (8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block), Jesse Barer (6 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals), Amber Bodden (6 points) and Izzy Cincinelli (5 rebounds).