Coach: Still improvements to be made

By Skip Pearlman

The Beacon High School boys’ basketball team continued its early season success on Tuesday (Dec. 18), rolling past John Jay East Fishkill, 53–36, in a non-league contest.

The Bulldogs (5-2) were in control from the start, sprinting to an 18-5 first-quarter lead. Beacon led 31-11 by halftime, on the way to handing the winless Patriots their fifth loss.

Aaron Davis (4) drives the baseline Tuesday in a win at John Jay East Fishkill. (Photo by S. Pearlman)

“Our offense was a little sloppy, it was hard to get a flow going,” Coach Scott Timpano said, noting that the Bulldogs only shot 30 percent from the field. “But on defense we responded.”

Aaron Davis and Ebow Simpson each had 12 points, and Simpson also grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked four shots and went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Davis added five rebounds and two assists, and Dayi’on Thompson and Manny Garner each had eight points.

Manny Garner (24) puts up a shot off a rebound against John Jay. (Photo by S. Pearlman)

“Aaron gets the team going,” Timpano said of his senior captain. “And we’re very high on Thompson. He has the talent to take it to the next level. Manny also busted it on both ends.”

Nevertheless, “we’re still not playing our best basketball,” he said. “And that’s good, because we don’t want to be peaking yet.”

Ebow Simpson (34) had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks against John Jay. (Photo by S. Pearlman)

In a 59-43 victory on Monday over Harrison, Davis scored 18 points, Thompson had 11 and Garner and Simpson each added eight.

On Dec. 27, Beacon will play its first game in the Dwayne Davis Tournament at Ketcham High School.

Behind The Story

Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Pearlman, a native of Carmel, was the sports editor of the Putnam County Courier in Carmel for 14 years and for the North County News in Yorktown Heights for 13 years. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Sports