TUCKAHOE, N.Y. The Children Understanding Cultural Differences Basketball programs seventh- and eighth-grade teams won their games Sunday against teams from Mount Kisco and Edgemont respectively.
The CUCD seventh graders pushed their season record to 10-2 with a convincing 65-35 victory over a Armonk. CUCD was previously tied with Mount Kisco (9-2) for first place in the league.
The seventh graders played a strong defensive game with starting five Michael Stellate, Zachary Tucker, Jamon Murray, Isaiah Gunther and Jason Douglas leading the way. Murray also scored 14 points and Douglas 11 for the winners.
Our first three off the bench, Alex Williams (four points), Michael Rizzo (11) and Christian Pinto, along with Connor McHugh (eight points), Danny Belles and Willie Maze, played well, Coach Donald Gunther said. We saw an unselfishness that our coaching staff, parents and team enjoyed. This victory was very big because we didn't want any let down as we prepare for the playoffs.
The CUCD seventh graders will play Armonk and Briarcliff the next two Sundays - Feb. 19 and 26 - before the postseason playoff season begins
On behalf of the seventh grade team and the CUCD program we thank the Bronxville School District, for allowing us practice time every Monday, which has helped our boys tremendously, Gunther said.
CUCD Eighth Graders 73, Edgemont 43
The CUCD eighth-grade squad scored a season-high 73 points in its victory over Edgemont to run its regular-season record to 3-8 with a second straight win.
We had a great week of practice and a very good talk with the boys about accountability, responsibility and teamwork, Gunther said. We added Daryl Taylor (long time Tuckahoe resident) as a coach. The teams practice was perfect (last week).
Sammy Roque led the eighth graders with 13 points followed by Richard Jacobs (12), Austin Pope (11) and Evan Karanthasis, who led the team in rebounding while scoring six points.
Trevor Knuth scored seven points; Christian McHugh scored six points in transition. Robert Kiernan added eight points, Frank Tauson had six and Dishon Wise added four for the eighth graders. Isaiah Williams was a standout on defense and distributed the ball to his teammates to ignite the offense.
From a report by Donald Gunther, CUCD founder and coach
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