While many had looked forward to watching the Boys Varsity basketball team play the Mamaroneck Tigers on Friday, February 4, the close game ended in disappointment for the Raiders and their fans. After being defeated 37-33, the Raiders, along with hundreds of Scarsdale spectators, looked on as an unruly crowd from Mamaroneck High School stormed the SHS basketball court.
The highly anticipated game was rescheduled for Friday because of inclement weather conditions earlier in the week. The SHS and Mamaroneck rivalry encouraged many students to come and support the Raiders. “It was an incredible environment in the gym,” said guard Evan Fiedler ’11. “Playing in front of a huge Scarsdale and Mamaroneck crowd was great. It really got me and my teammates fired up.”
The game had many lead changes throughout the low scoring first half, as both teams played exceptional defense. The Raiders were able to break the Mamaroneck press all game because of great guard play from Matt Greenberg ’11, Alex Squadron ’13, and Jon Miller ’12. “We watched film multiple times and set up the press breaker well,” said Miller. “We just often had trouble getting into our offense once we crossed half court which is why we seemed stagnant at times.” The Raiders countered Mamaroneck’s offense with their own stifling defense as they allowed only 37 points in 32 minutes.
The Raiders had excellent bench play during the game from Squadron, Miller and forward Jeff Schwartz ‘12. “Some of us were in foul trouble from the outset and that really hurt the team,” said Fiedler. “But the bench did their job and filled right in for the starters.”
With less than two minutes remaining, Miller kept the Raiders in the game with a clutch basket. “It was a great feeling hitting that basket because I hadn’t really contributed much offensively until then,” said Miller. Greenberg also contributed two points in the fourth quarter as he drove towards the basket and spun around a defender to finish a pivotal layup.
The game was within single digits for the entire fourth quarter. Mamaroneck went on a late run and the Raiders were unable to connect on key shots down the stretch. “Unfortunately we didn’t get the win, but we gave it our all,” said Fiedler. “Overall, it was an awesome game and I’m proud of my team.”
Raiders center Jack Hewitt ’13 was a tough presence in the post, fighting for position all game and finishing with seven points. Guard/forward Greg Scacchi ’12 also had seven points for the Raiders including one of the team’s two three pointers. The leading scorer for the team was Fiedler with eight points.
The Raiders now have a record of 2-10 with their next game on Monday February 7 against a Mount Vernon squad that is 10-4 and highly ranked in New York.