Huskies down John Jay

By Mike Smith

After an eight-day layoff, Harrison’s boys basketball team wasted little time picking up where it left off, dropping John Jay 60-48 in the first round of the Class A playoffs on Feb. 16.

Nick Esposito looks to penetrate against John Jay on Feb. 16. Esposito and the Huskies came off an eight-day layoff to win their first-round game.

Nick Esposito looks to penetrate against John Jay on Feb. 16. Esposito and the Huskies came off an eight-day layoff to win their first-round game.

With the win, Harrison advances to the second round on Feb. 19 as it looks to continue its march towards the County Center.

The Huskies got big days offensively from Matt Stein, who scored 22 points, Coby Lefkowtiz (15) and Joe Nan-nariello (10), but despite the balanced attack, head coach Gary Chiarella felt his team could have been a little sharper on the offensive end if not for some weather-related delays at the end of the week.

Despite Harrison’s double-digit win, the Huskies found themselves behind early, as their shots were not falling from the floor or the charity stripe.

“Honestly, I felt we were a little bit rusty,” Chiarella said. “We were only 8 for 12 from the free-throw line, and I think that having not playing against another team in eight days didn’t help us.”

Joe Nannariello steps to the foul line against John Jay in the Class A playoffs. The Huskies shot 8-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Joe Nannariello steps to the foul line against John Jay in the Class A playoffs. The Huskies shot 8-of-12 from the charity stripe.

After playing their last regular season game on Feb. 8, the Huskies–like other squads in Section I–had to wait out the snow in order to begin the playoffs, which were scheduled for a Feb. 13 start. In that time, Harrison did its best to carve out a little practice time in order to get ready.

“With that storm, we had to wait till the late afternoon until the roads got better to get into the gym,” Chiarella said. “We’re just happy to have this game under our belts, play against a team who wasn’t us and come away with a win.”

The Huskies will be back in action on Feb. 19 after press time, against a 12th-seeded Somers team that upset 5th-seeded Saunders.

Somers, behind Matt Moros’ 12 points, was able to beat the Blue Devils 54-51 to advance to the second round.

Coby Lefkowitz pushes the ball up court on Feb. 16. Lefkowitz finished with 15 points.

Coby Lefkowitz pushes the ball up court on Feb. 16. Lefkowitz finished with 15 points.

According to Chiarella, the Tuskers are a team that blends some quick, accurate outside shooters with a lot of size up front. The undersized Huskies have been matched up against larger teams all year, the head coach said, so giving up a few inches won’t be a foreign concept when they take on Somers.

“Height-wise, Somers might be taller than Fox Lane, but I don’t think they’re more physical than Fox Lane or a team like Peekskill or even Byram Hills,” Chiarella said. “Playing against teams like that, I think it’s prepared us for this game.”

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Nick Esposito looks for the open man. Photos/Mike Smith

Nick Esposito looks for the open man. Photos/Mike Smith

 
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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.