BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Harvey School’s boys basketball team lost to Briarcliff, 66-55, and Valley Central, 73-54, in the Tappan Zee Dan Dinan Tournament over the weekend.
Despite the losses, coach Dom Narcisco thought his team “hung tough” against the two larger public schools.
Harvey played without several starters. Junior Ricky Hicks of Yonkers made the all-tournament team, keying a 10-0 run in the game against Briarcliff and scoring 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds against Valley Central. Evan Roteman, a freshman from Chappaqua, scored 23 points against Briarcliff and added 12 against Valley Central.
“Playing in the TZ tournament without a doubt better prepared us for the rest of our season,” he said. “I'm extremely proud of my team for playing hard and never giving up.”
Narcisco had other reasons for wanting to play in the tournament created to honor the memory of teacher, coach and administrator Dan Dinan. It was a chance for Harvey’s coach to return to the Tappan Zee High School basketball court where he played his high school ball in the 1990s.
While his team did not get the chance to play his alma mater, he was reunited with Tappan Zee coach George Gaine, whom Narcisco called “one of my close friends and mentor.” Narcisco also wanted to participate in the tournament because the games helped raise money to go for cancer treatment for his friend and former high school teammate, Johnny Gerosimo.
Tappan Zee went on to win the tournament’s championship game, defeating Briarcliff, 56-46.
The Cavaliers, 3-6 on the season, return to regular season competition Monday, Jan. 6, on the road against the New York School for the Deaf in White Plains.