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Basketball: Harvey teams fall in HVAL semifinals

The Harvey Schools boys and girls basketball teams ended their seasons on Thursday with losses in the Hudson Valley Athletic League semifinals.

The Harvey’s girls basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 50-25 loss to first-seeded Watkinson.

Watkinson took command of this game early and finished the first half with a 22-point lead. The second half saw a more competitive battle but the deficit was too much for the Lady Cavaliers to overcome.

Watkinson’s Dache Williams did most of the damage, collecting 21 points. Tianna Conway had 14 points.

Senior Chinasa Nwokocha was high scorer for Harvey with eight points.

The Lady Cavaliers finish the season with a 9-7 overall record.

In the boys HVAL semifinals, Harvey faced the task of going up against the number-one seed, undefeated Chase Collegiate. The Cavaliers, hoping to play the role of a Cinderella team in the playoffs after having won nine of their 12 regular-season games, lost their chance for a league title with a 69-40 loss.

Harvey hung tough for most of the first half against a very physical and athletic Chase squad. Chase pulled away in the second half by pulling down twice as many rebounds as Harvey, but it was the turnovers that hurt the Cavaliers the most. Their 26 turnovers allowed Chase second and third opportunities on the offensive boards.

Jake Cohn of Pound Ridge led Harvey with 13 points, followed by senior Jesse Zubren, also of Pound Ridge, with 10. Zubren played in his final basketball game as a Harvey Cavalier.

When the team opened the season with 10 straight losses, it looked like a season to forget. But the Cavaliers got hot and finished the second half with only four losses in their last 13 games.

“The way this team has grown from the beginning of the season, makes me a very proud coach,” said first-year coach Dom Narcisco after the game. “When this team began the season 0-10, they could have easily thrown in the towel. Instead they came together. This was a season full of ups and downs but in the end this team really came together as a family and showed the future is bright for the basketball program at Harvey.”

Harvey finished the season 9-14.

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