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Harrison Can't Handle Pressure in Loss to Byram Hills

ARMONK, N.Y. – The Harrison Huskies struggled last week against Pelham’s press and ultimately lost the game. When Byram Hills employed a similar strategy against Harrison on Tuesday, the result was the same.

“The pressure, full court pressure, it killed us,” said Harrison boys' basketball coach Gary Chiarella. “We’ve got to figure out a way to handle that.”

Byram Hills (3-1) switched to a full court press in the second half and rode it to a 60-38 win over the Huskies (0-2). Junior Ryan Golden led the Bobcats with 17 points and Charlie Murphy added 10 of his own.

Harrison kept the game close in the first half, but Byram Hills’ full court press in the second half completely disoriented the Huskies. Harrison finished with 29 turnovers.

“Every time you turned your back, there was somebody standing there to intercept the ball,” Chiarella said.

Byram Hills led 24-19 at the half and started the second half on an 8-0 run that took a little more than a minute. The Bobcats outscored the Huskies 19-9 in the third quarter to take a commanding 43-28 lead that it would never come close to relinquishing.

Byram Hills coach Ted Repa had not forgotten last week’s home loss to Briarcliff in which the Bobcats blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead. But Tuesday’s victory against a league opponent gave them a chance to move in the right direction again.

“It’s important to take care of a home game, especially a league game,” Repa said. “It keeps us undefeated in the league.”

Chiarella and the Huskies will face Cardinal Spellman on the road on Thursday. Wednesday’s practice, he said, will focus on correcting what has been Harrison’s weak point so far this year.

“(We might put) seven defenders against five,” Chiarella said. “We’ve got to come up with a plan.”

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