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Tuckahoe Overpowers Hamilton in Elmsford Classic

ELMSFORD, N.Y. – Justin Nolan scored 16 of his game-high 29 points in the first half and Tuckahoe raced past Hamilton 80-49 in the boys’ championship game of the Elmsford Classic basketball tournament at Hamilton High School Saturday.

“We wanted to put some pressure on them defensively to slow them down if we could,” said Nolan, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “They have good athletes and you have to be aggressive. We worked hard in practice and set goals to go further than last year’s team. This is a good start.” Hamilton was Section 1 champ last season.

Tuckahoe (2-0) stunned the Red Raiders with an opening 15-2 run as Nolan danced through the defense for 10 first quarter points. The Tigers led 19-4 after one quarter and 39-22 at the half.

Errol Forde, who was named the All-Tournament team, led Hamilton (2-1) with 14 points. But the Raiders could not seem to sustain its offense, failing to finish several fast breaks in the first half and failing to make the transition back on defense as the tigers used a break to pad their lead.

Jordan Joseph had nine points for Hamilton and teammate Devon Walker added eight.

Sky Williams, who was named to the All-Tournament team, added 14 points for the Tigers, and Shyheim Nixon scored 10 and was also an All-Tournament pick. Nolan, Mark Raymond and guard Brian O’Toole controlled the boards, turning rebounds into fast break opportunities.

“I try to be in position and just be where the ball is,” O’Toole said. “Coach (Al Visconti) always stresses that defense first is the way you win. We played good defense as a team.”

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