Lincolndale – For about five minutes, Yorktown enjoyed playing at a frantic pace.
Then a series of mistakes changed the mood.
Some were forced by the Summers defense of longer lengths of overplay at all positions. Some were the result of poor decisions made while rushing to get back into the game.
It was a mess all at once.
From the beginning, the Tuskers were destructive and efficient on the open court. There were some concerns when his comfortable lead nearly collapsed in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, but a strong finish saw him win 82-66.
“They threw a lot of bad passes, but we were there and we picked them up,” Somers guard Nate Cohen said. It was one of my best matches.”
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A methodical 11-0 run in the final three minutes of the first quarter gave the Tuskers a 22-13 lead.
There were one or three hands in the passing lane all night.
“We were flying out and playing games on both ends of the court,” Somers guard Matt Fitzsimmons said. , you can’t do more.”
Andrew Violante capped the next Tuskers run, playing with 2:03 in the first half for a 43–22 advantage.
The Huskers eventually dialed in and came back within 7 points when Billy Feekes started the 4th quarter with a 3-pointer. That drew the Yorktown crowd into the game, but Somers got loose in transition to close out the game with a 20-11 run.
Huskers coach Mark Pavella said, “The speed and defensive aggression they showed, they played really hard and really well and caught our guys off guard.” They definitely got us up to speed. “
The fix will come before the February 10th rematch in Yorktown. It promises to be another opportunity to face quality opponents under pressure in a frenetic atmosphere before the playoffs begin.
“I was looking forward to playing in front of a crowd like this all week,” Fitzsimmons said.
Cohen worked his way up from the jump, scoring 18 points, five rebounds and nine steals.
Yorktown (13-4, 2-1): Feeks hit six from behind the arc and finished with 23 points. …Brandon Montero added his 22 points. …Justin Price scored his ten points. … Kaden Gonzalez scored his eight points.
Summers (13-2, 2-0): Fitzsimmons had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 6 steals and 2 blocks. …Brady Leitner off the bench he scored 14 points. … Andrew Violante he scored 11 points. … Mac Sullivan and Dylan Ingraham added eight points each.
“We’re a more defensive team than people think,” Cohen said. “We were worried about their comeback, but we knew this was a game we conceded and we could get a turn. We played well again in the end.”
“In the second half, I knew that if I didn’t go out and play games, I would be kicked out of the gym,” Pavela said. “I’m happy that our players have put in a better effort.”
Mike Dougherty covers basketball for The Journals News and lohud.com. He can be reached via his email at email@example.com or on his Twitter @lohudhoopsmbd.