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Tuckahoe Tops Panas in Elmsford Classic Opener

ELMSFORD, N.Y. – Sky Williams scored 26 of his game-high 36 points in the second half to lead the Tuckahoe Tigers to an 82-60 victory over Walter Panas in Thursday’s opening round of the Elmsford Classic boys' basketball tournament at Alexander Hamilton High School.

“We played a little better defense in the second half and I thought it was a good game for out first time out,” Tuckahoe coach Al Visconti said. “Their guard got open looks and made his shots in the first half,” he said about Panas guard, Zac Preuss.

Tuckahoe (1-0), the defending Section 1 Class D champion, advanced to Saturday’s tournament final against the winner of Friday’s meeting between host Alexander Hamilton and Hawthorne Cedar Knolls and Panas (0-1) will play the loser of that game Saturday in the consolation game.

Tuckahoe led 14-13 after a fast first quarter in which both teams were able to make their shots and get the ball inside. Justin Nolan had six points of his 25 points for the Tigers in the first quarter, and Preuss, who scored a team-high 21 in the game for Panas, had six in the quarter.

Preuss was unstoppable in the second quarter, scoring 13 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Panas to an 18-16 advantage early in the third and an eventual 31-30 halftime lead. Williams scored six points in the quarter for the Tigers, who made the defensive adjustment on Preuss at halftime.

“We just wanted to take that easy look away from him,” Visconti said about Preuss. “The guys played well.”

Williams broke loose in the second half, getting away on fast breaks time after time as the Tigers outhustled the Panthers under the basket. Kayvon Reid, in his first varsity start for Tuckahoe, was a force inside. The 6-5 center had nine points and nine rebounds in the game.

Vaughn Dueck added 12 points for Panas.

Nolan also added seven rebounds and two blocked shots and was a defensive stopper inside.

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