Tourney time for local squads

Local teams met with varying success during the winter basketball tournaments this past weekend as all three schools suited-up for tourney action.

Jack Daly carries the ball against Hunter College on Dec. 6. Daly has long been one of the top guards in Section I.

Jack Daly carries the ball against Hunter College on Dec. 6. Daly has long been one of the top guards in Section I.

Eastchester’s boys once again nabbed top honors at their own tournament with two impressive performances. In the finals of the 35th annual Holiday Tournament, the Eagles held off a challenge from their perennial opponents from Panas, toppling the Panthers by 11 at Eastchester High School. Despite playing with a short bench, the Eagles were able to play their up-tempo transition game to perfection, thanks in part to the contributions of sophomore guard Benny Dimirco. Dimirco scored 25 points on Saturday night to go along with his 21 points against Hunter College High School in the tournament opener on Dec. 6. In that opening round game, the Eagles easily outclassed Hunter, winning 81-34.

Eastchester dressed just seven players over the weekend, with forward Mike Milo out until after Christmas with an injury and was without the services of head coach Fred DiCarlo, who was serving a one-game suspension in the tournament opener as punishment for being ejected from the final football game in the fall. But with Dimirco’s star on the rise to compliment standout point guard Jack Daly, the Eagles should be able to more than hold their own as they await Milo’s return.

Benny Dimirco looks for an open man against Hunter in the opening round of the Holiday Tournament at Eastchester High School. Dimirco scored 46 points over the course of the tournament.

Benny Dimirco looks for an open man against Hunter in the opening round of the Holiday Tournament at Eastchester High School. Dimirco scored 46 points over the course of the tournament.

Eastchester’s girls were not so lucky, falling in the finals of the tournament on Saturday to a solid Briarcliff team 48-37. Despite making a push late in the fourth quarter, the Eagles weren’t able overcome a seven-point third quarter deficit. Eastchester’s length and play down low gave the Bears fits, as the Eagles–led by Kyra Hasseldid a good job on the boards.

Tuckahoe had a strong start to the season with a 47-40 win over Edgemont in Sleepy Hollow, but ended up falling to the hosting Horsemen 75-68 on Dec. 7. The Tigers had a difficult time controlling the tandem of Nick Arduino and Alex Laub, who combined for 45 points on the day.

Bronxville’s boys were not as successful, dropping both games in the annual Bill Green tournament, falling to Pleasantville 60-50, and losing the consolation game to Lab Museum United 64-57.

Amanda Shkreli goes for a rebound on Dec. 7. Although the Eagles were active on the glass, they couldn’t put the Bears away. Photos/Mike Smith

Amanda Shkreli goes for a rebound on Dec. 7. Although the Eagles were active on the glass, they couldn’t put the Bears away. Photos/Mike Smith

Bronxville’s girls were able to beat Tuckahoe in the first round of the Bill Green tournament, topping the Tigers 32-19, led by Claire Sargent’s 6 points. The Broncos carried home a tourney win with a victory over Keio the following day. Sargent was again in the lead for Bronxville, scoring 15 points in the Broncos’ 38-17 win over the Unicorns.

-Reporting by Mike Smith

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Hughes flashes towards the basket against Briarcliff on Dec. 7. Hughes and the Eagles would fall in the championships.

Anna Hughes flashes towards the basket against Briarcliff on Dec. 7. Hughes and the Eagles would fall in the championships.

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