Broncos tame Tigers

Charlie Tarry and Tuckahoe’s Rami Higgins go up for the jump ball at Bronxville High School. Tarry led the Broncos to a 74-34 victory. Photos/Bobby Begun

Charlie Tarry and Tuckahoe’s Rami Higgins go up for the jump ball at Bronxville High School. Tarry led the Broncos to a 74-34 victory. Photos/Bobby Begun

By MIKE SMITH

On Jan. 7, a surging Broncos basketball squad knocked off crosstown rival Tuckahoe, downing the Tigers 74-34 at Bronxville High School.

For the Broncos, the victory was not only an important league-play win, but also serve as another sign that Bronxville is bouncing back after a slow start.

Junior captain Charlie Tarry and freshman Matt Toal led the way against an out-gunned Tigers squad as the Broncos set a season-high scoring mark en route to picking up their first home win of the season.

According to Bronxville coach Brian Senior, Tarry has been the go-to guy for the Broncos all season long, while Toal has impressed this year, both as a reserve and a starter.

“Charlie’s been our leading scorer for basically every game,” Senior said. “Matt Toal, as a sixth man coming of the bench or starting [against Tuckahoe], did a really nice job.”

Matt McCloskey tries to hit an open teammate on Jan. 7. McCloskey is one of the many juniors who are looking to lead the way for this year’s Broncos team.

Matt McCloskey tries to hit an open teammate on Jan. 7. McCloskey is one of the many juniors who are looking to lead the way for this year’s Broncos team.

After five losses to open the season, Bronxville has won its last three games, an indication that the young team is beginning to grow into itself. With just three seniors on the team–and senior captain Jack Connors out for the season with an injury–the Broncos have primarily been led by juniors like Tarry.

“We graduated four seniors and 90 percent of the scoring from last year, and our one senior captains is out for the year, so we knew it would take a while to come together,” Senior said. “But Charlie Tarry in particular has stepped forward, being both a vocal leader and leading by example.”

As the team has begun to gel, Senior said he’s seen a marked improvement on the team’s offensive possessions. Settling into an offensive rhythm, the Broncos have picked up wins against the Tigers, Haldane and
Clark Academy.

“I think the kids are beginning to figure it out and find good shots,” Senior said. “Early on, we were rushing our shots and struggling. We had a couple of quarters where we’d score two points. But we’re starting to realize we can’t live and die by the three, so now a lot of our jumpers are coming on

Brendan Walsh drives toward the hoop against the Tigers at Bronxville High School. Bronxville won its third-straight game with a 40-point win over Tuckahoe.

Brendan Walsh drives toward the hoop against the Tigers at Bronxville High School. Bronxville won its third-straight game with a 40-point win over Tuckahoe.

penetration and kick-outs.”

Bronxville will look to continue its hot play against league foe Irvington on Jan. 8, after press time, and will participate in in-conference games for the remainder of the month.

Freshman Matt Toal drives past a Tuckahoe defender on Jan. 7. Toal, who started the season coming off the bench, has seen more minutes as a starter of late.

Freshman Matt Toal drives past a Tuckahoe defender on Jan. 7. Toal, who started the season coming off the bench, has seen more minutes as a starter of late.

“We definitely frontloaded our schedule with tough games and we hope to see the team get better as a result as the season went on,” Senior said. “The kids just have to keep playing within themselves and we have to continue to be efficient offensively.”

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About Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.