DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. Top-seeded Dobbs Ferry faces its first challenge in its quest for a Section 1 class B boys basketball championship Wednesday in a 4:45 p.m. matchup against fifth-seeded Blind Brook at the Westchester County Center.
The Eagles (18-1), losers of one game during the regular season against Woodlands, have had very little trouble getting through the mold winter schedule, but Blind Brook is a formidable foe, having been successful over the tears in postseason play.
Blind brook is a solid, well coached team that plays good defense, Dobbs Ferry coach Scott Patrillo said. We know they like to shoot the three (3-pointer) and move the ball well. Our goal is to play our game with the same defensive pressure as we brought to the Valhalla game. If we can play like we did against Valhalla, we have a great chance. These guys were there last year and know what it takes.
The Eagles roster is also filled with players who were members of the schools football team that won the Section 1 Class C state title in November. Football stars John Yozzo-Scapperotta, Spencer Avalos, Eddie Ritch, Thomas Fleming and Darien Bica are tournament tough athletes who pride themselves on playing all-out defense, which has been a key to the Eagles success on the court.
Eric Paschall, the teams leading scorer who did not play football, is a 6-4 sophomore shooting star who is tough to defend on the interior and on the perimeter. Fleming, also 6-4, can shoot and drive to the basket. Guards Avalos and Ritch are quick and key the chasing defense.
Blind Brook edged Pleasantville 43-42 in the quarterfinal round to advance to the semifinals. The Trojans are led by Sam Adler, Jeff Visoky, Antoine Saliba and Brennan Schaenman.
The Eagles should have little trouble with Blind Brook. The Trojans have a good defense but cant score with the high-flying Eagles.
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