By MIKE SMITH
On Dec. 15, the Harrison basketball team picked up yet another victory on this young season, dropping a game Tuckahoe squad 77-36 at the Harry Jefferson Showcase at White Plains High School.
So far this season, the Huskies have stayed unbeaten despite being without the services of a couple of key players. Once those players are back in the fold, head coach Gary Chiarella believes, Harrison could be pr-imed for big things.
Matt Stein won game MVP honors on Sunday, pacing the Huskies with 22 points. Senior Coby Lefkowitz chimed in with 17 points and 13 rebounds of his own as Harrison easily outclassed the Tigers.
The win put the Huskies at 3-0 on the season, no small feat considering injuries have sidelined a number of players including Zac Evans, Joe Nannariello and Kyle Davidoff to this point.
“It’s really been great, the kids have been awesome stepping up,” Chiarella said. “We’ve kind of been decimated by injuries, but the kids coming off the bench have done great, especially keeping up the scoring.”
The game, originally scheduled for Dec. 14, was postponed by a snowstorm. Once the teams took the court, though, it was apparent Harrison’s up-tempo style proved too much for the Tigers to take.
Chiarella said that, once Harrison steps up to compete with a host of Class AA schools during its league schedule, keeping the same pace they showed against Tuckahoe will be important.
“We’re going to catch some teams where we are going to need to be 10 deep,” he said. “A lot of these teams, like Fox Lane, Pearl River, are big, physical teams and we’re going to need to be able to run and gun.”
Despite falling to the Class A Huskies, the Tigers have shown promise early in the year. Tuckahoe came into the Harrison game off a convincing 60-52 win over Biondi on Dec. 12 that saw both Maurice Hollis and Maxwell Pearce net 21 points.
The Tigers will be back in action on Dec. 21, when they travel to Irvington to take on the Bulldogs. They will close out 2013 against Gorton when the Wolves come to Tuckahoe on Dec. 28.
On Jan. 6, Tuckahoe will get the chance to square-off with rival Bronxville.