Advance to Section 1 quarterfinals with 75-70 win
By Skip Pearlman
The Beacon High School boys’ basketball team, seeded No. 11 among Section 1, Class A schools, defeated Yorktown, 62-47, last week and upset No. 6 Somers on Thursday (Feb. 21), 75-70, to advance in the state tournament.
Day’ion Thompson scored 33 points for the Bulldogs and Aaron Davis added 14. “Great first half and had to come together late in the game to pull this one out,” Coach Scott Timpano wrote on Twitter.
Beacon (15-7) is scheduled to visit No. 3 Horace Greeley High School (Chappaqua) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Greeley (19-2) defeated No. 14 Peekskill on Thursday, 87-60. Chris Sauerborn had 26 points, Nick Townsend scored 22 and Chris Melis added 19 for Greeley.
Against Yorktown on Feb. 16, the Bulldogs took control of Saturday’s game from the start and led 33-17 at halftime.
“We played one of our better games of the season,” Timpano said. “We controlled the tempo, and our defense was excellent. They weren’t able to get the ball down low, and we got in the passing lanes.”
Manny Garner led the Bulldogs with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Aaron Davis had 13 points, Dayi’on Thompson had 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals, Kai Jacketti had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Shane Green had eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“Kai played an excellent game, he was super-aggressive on their big man and limited his touches,” Timpano said. “And he was a monster on the boards. Manny also had a great game, he guarded a big, and came up big for us.”
Timpano and the Bulldogs know they’ll need a complete game to upset Somers (16-4).
“Somers plays a lot of zone defense,” Timpano said. “They press and try to force turnovers. We have to take care of the ball and get good movement. We have to stay under control.”
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