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Masters Poised for Fairchester Playoff Run

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. The Dobbs Ferry-based Masters School boys’ basketball team begins its Fairchester Athletic Association league postseason Wednesday with a quarterfinal home game against the Hopkins School.

Coach Matt Kammrath’s Masters team (9-5), the No. 4 seed, defeated No. 5 Hopkins 66-49 Monday to earn its seeding and will have to win a rematch to advance to Friday’s semifinal round. Hopkins, from New Haven, Conn., finished the regular season at 6-8.

Kammrath answered three questions about his team’s successful regular season and postseason prospects.

How has the team improved since the start of the season?

The guys trust each other now. They see we can have a ton of success if they'll trust each other on defense and look to make the extra pass on offense. They are playing fundamentally sound basketball and it has led to some quality wins.

What are the team’s strengths?

The team does a great job of intelligently fast breaking. We push on every missed basket, but if there isn't anything easy, we pull the ball out and run our sets. They've found the right balance between "run-and-gun" and a strong half-court team.

What are the keys to success in the postseason?

It will sound cliché, but it's all about defense. If we can maintain our defense intensity and build on the trust that your teammate has your back, we'll be a tough team to beat.

Kammrath’s assistant coaches are Louis Moore and Mike Esplin.

The Masters players are: seniors Dominick Benger, Mark Zientek, Ken Chen and Shelton Russell; juniors Jason Mask, Sibo Kwakwa, Jhon Guarin, Tim Hou and Will Song; sophomores Tim Reitzenstein, Isaiah Hayden and Greg Brathwaite; and freshman Max Ishmael.

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