TUCKAHOE, N.Y. The Children Understanding Cultural Differences boys basketball program split its games Sunday with the seventh grade boys defeating Briarcliff 50-29 and the eighth graders falling in a close game to Harrison 46-40.
Down two starters, the seventh grade team continued its winning ways, rolling to an 11-2 record as the playoffs approach. The team clinched at least a tie for first place in the Tri-County Basketball League with the win.
We had to compensate for losing our leading scorer (Jason Douglas-injury) and one of our top rebounders and defenders (Zachary Tucker-vacation), CUCD Coach Donald Gunther said. So, Jamon Murray, Michael Stellate and Isaiah Gunther and our productive bench players Alex Williams and Mike Rizzo gave us all we needed and we continued to play well.
Isaiah Gunther and Michael Rizzo each hit three pointers to help open a 10-5 lead after one quarter. The 1-3-1 trapping defense helped stretch the lead to 25-10 lead at halftime.
Jamon Murray (18 points), Mike Rizzo (10 points), Isaiah Gunther and Christian Pinto (five points apiece) led the way as the seventh graders pushed their lead to 40-18 after three quarters. Alex Williams scored four points, Caesar Dulanto, in his first season of basketball, scored four points and several blocked shots and Danny Belles and Michael Stellate each scored two points in the win.
Harrison 63, CUCD Eighth Grader 58
The eighth grade team came off two straight wins but played without three starting players in a 46-40 loss to Harrison.
After a great week of practice, I was unfortunately having to play this game without three starters because of injuries and family vacations (school recess), Gunther said. However, we have been playing our best basketball this past month and have been very competitive.
Harrison used two three-pointers to build a 13-4 lead after one quarter, but the CUCD boys recovered in the second quarter to tie the game at 27-27 at halftime.
Richard Jacobs scored a career-high 23 points, including five 3-pointers, and Christian McHugh added 12 points for the home team. Evan Karathasis scored five points, Dishon Wise had nine and Trevor Knuth contributed eight points to the effort.
Harrison opened their lead again to 46-42 after three quarter despite the CUCD defense playing well inside, but the visitors would hold their five-point lead through the end of the game.
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