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Mamaroneck Bests Harrison for Tiger Tourney Title

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck Tigers had not won the championship at their own Tiger Tournament since the 2007-2008 season. That changed Saturday night.

Mamaroneck and Harrison (3-6) both struggled offensively, but the Tigers outlasted the Huskies, 46-34, in the championship game. “(I’ve been) playing on varsity for three years now and we’ve never won the championship,” said tournament MVP Matt Mezansky. “So it feels even better to win the whole thing this year.”

Mamaroneck had a 20-12 halftime led, but the Tigers’ offense went cold in the third quarter. They led, 22-21, toward the end of the quarter, at which point the Tigers pulled away for good.

“We let them penetrate the defense two or three times in a row and they got easy layups or foul shots or both,” said Harrison coach Gary Chiarella. “And their one point lead went to six or seven in a matter of a minute and a half, or whatever it was. Obviously, we weren’t scoring a lot of points so that was tough to come back.”

Both offenses struggled mightily during stretches of the game, and Mamaroneck coach Tyrone Carver Jr. said his team, which only scored 42 points against Rye Neck on Friday night, will find its offensive rhythm again.

“We got a little stagnant offensively, but we pride ourselves on our defense and when our defense creates our offense,” Carver said. “We did a good job tonight of holding Harrison to 34 points and even yesterday holding Rye Neck to 39 points. Our offense was out of sync for a little bit but we’ll get right.”

Though Mezansky was the MVP, teammate Alex Lanni led all scorers with 21 points. Mezansky finished with 14 for the Tigers.

Coby Lefkowitz led the Huskies with 14 points and Vinny Nicita had eight.

Mezansky said the wins on back-to-back nights give the Tigers momentum as they continue into the league portion of the schedule. “It’s definitely big,” Mezansky said. “Coming off two losses in a row to get these two big wins to get us back on track for the rest of the season.”

Carver Jr. said he was happy that his players were able to taste victory in their own tournament. “We wanted to pride ourselves on getting the championship,” Carver said. “Obviously, anytime you have your own tournament you want to make sure you come on top. I’m really happy for these kids that we were able to come on top tonight.”

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