TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - With its 100-35 victory over Lincoln Hall Tuesday, the top-seeded Tuckahoe Tigers boys basketball team clinched a spot in the Section 1 Class C Final Four and a trip to the Westchester County Center with a 6:15 p.m. Monday tipoff against No. 4 Haldane in a semifinal matchup.
Tuckahoes game is preceded by the other Class C semifinal, which features No. 6 Keio and No. 2 Childrens Village.
The County Center has been host to some pleasant moments for Tuckahoe in recent memory. Last year, Tuckahoe captured the Section 1 championship at the County Center. In the seven years that head coach Al Visconti has been at the helm, Tuckahoe has walked away from the County Center carrying the gold ball three times.
With one of the best offenses in Section 1, the unbeaten 19-0 Tigers are set to roll. They enter the County Center averaging 82.4 points per game, a school record to this point. Having scored at least 100 in their last three games, the offense is as potent as it has been all season.
Senior Sky Williams leads the way, coming off of a 33-point, 11-rebound performance against the United of Lincoln Hall. He is the all-time leading scorer in school history, having amassed 524 points this season for an average of 27.6 points per game. If this average holds up for the playoff run, he will set a school record for points per game.
The teams second leading scorer is senior Justin Nolan, a four-year starter who is having his best season. Nolan is averaging 16.7 points per game and is coming off of a 23-point, eight-rebound, and eight-assist outing against Lincoln Hall.
The Tigers also feature center Mark Raymond in the post.
Raymond is having a breakout season, averaging 9.6 and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Tigers are an extremely unselfish group, averaging 23.6 assists per game, led by junior Shyheim Nixon with 5.4 assists per game and senior Tyler Freire with 5.2 assists per game.
The Tigers will meet a familiar foe, the Haldane Blue Devils, on Monday night. The Blue Devils are coming off of a 20-point victory over Alexander Hamilton. Tuckahoe and Haldane have a storied rivalry, having squared off in the playoffs in multiple sports. Mondays matchup is a rematch of last years Section 1 Class championship game, which the Tigers won 69 -59. In addition to the basketball showdown between these two schools last year, they also met in the championship games for football, baseball, and softball last school year.
Ian Sacks is a Tuckahoe High School student statistician and scorekeeper
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