HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Hastings High School boys basketball team knocked off league foe Dobbs Ferry, 48-40, on Thursday night at Croton-Harmon High School.
The two teams met in the first round of the 32nd annual Robert E. Mayclim Memorial Basketball Tournament. Dobbs Ferry won the tournament in each of the past three seasons.
Hastings senior captain Joe Tino said the win was sweet despite the absence of Dobbs Ferry’s star player, Eric Paschall.
“It’s nice. Of course we all know the big guy who isn’t here for them, but no doubt, they’re in our league,” Tino said. “It was a big game for us especially. It was a tournament game and a league game. Our big goal is to win the league, so we’ll take a win any way we can get it.”
Dobbs Ferry kept the game close, but the Yellow Jackets pulled away in the final two minutes. Tino said he and his teammates settled down at the end to secure the win.
“We turned it up defensively,” Tino said. “We gave up a lot of open shots earlier in the game and we played pretty solid. We ran more offense in the second half. Coach said it at halftime, and that was really the difference at the end of the game.”
Hastings will now play in the championship game on Saturday. A win would certainly help the Yellow Jackets build momentum as the season progresses.
Tino said the team’s strength would be its depth throughout the year. Some of Hastings' depth was on display Thursday night as junior Francesco Scioscia had a solid night for the Yellow Jackets.
“We have a seven-man rotation (that) can really play,” Tino said. “Any of those seven on the floor at the end of the game. I trust all of them. They’re all great players.”
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