Tigers fall to New Ro

By Mike Smith

On Feb. 16, a solid season for Mamaroneck came to a close as the Tigers fell in the first round of the Class AA playoffs to a surging New Rochelle squad, 43-35.

Dean DeLucia goes in for a layup against New Rochelle on Feb. 16. New Rochelle topped the Tigers in a low-scoring game.

Dean DeLucia goes in for a layup against New Rochelle on Feb. 16. New Rochelle topped the Tigers in a low-scoring game.

The ninth-seeded Huguenots were able to avenge a Jan. 22 loss to the Tigers, advancing to play Mount Vernon in the quarterfinals on Feb. 20.

As was the case in the previous two meetings between the squads, the contest was a defensive struggle as two elite ball-stopping teams traded stops for the better part of four quarters. Huguenots reserve Justin Alleyne proved the difference-maker, coming off the bench for 15 points and 11 rebounds.

According to Mamaroneck coach Ty Carver, the low-scoring affair had less to do with weather-related postponements last week and more to do with the fact that both New Rochelle and Mamaroneck pride themselves on their work in the defensive end.

“These are two teams that thrive off their defenses,” Carver said. “I just feel like they were able to get in that offensive rhythm.”

The Huguenots held New Ro star Derek Dorn to 14 points, but the senior also tallied six rebounds and four steals. Dorn did not play in the Huguenots’ loss to the Tigers earlier in the season.

“Coming in, we had been solid defensively and knew Derek Dorn was very difficult,” Carver said. “We were just trying to do our best to hold their offense and limit their second chance opportunities.”

Derek Dorn splits Kumar Nambiar and Matt Bernstein en route to the hoop on Feb. 16. Dorn finished with 14 points on the day. Photos/Bobby Begun

Derek Dorn splits Kumar Nambiar and Matt Bernstein en route to the hoop on Feb. 16. Dorn finished with 14 points on the day. Photos/Bobby Begun

Will Giddon and Kumar Nambiar both scored 10 points for Mamaroneck, but the Tigers struggled offensively, going 0-for-10 from behind the arc and failing to convert on a few crucial buckets throughout the course of the game.

“I think we missed too many easy opportunities for points,” Carver said. “Against a team like New Rochelle, you can’t do that.”

Despite the playoff loss, Carver said Mamaroneck’s season had many bright spots.

At 10-9 on the year, the Tigers won three league games and earned a first-round home game, despite the loss of Alex Lanni to an injury. The Tigers benefited from the solid play of Dean DeLucia and Matt Bernstein, who were awarded All-League, All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Section Honors.

“I think it was a very successful season,” Carver said. “We were dealt a blow with Alex’s injury, but the kids gave me everything they had. We only graduate three seniors, one starter this year, so hopefully we can build on this.”

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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.