KATONAH, N.Y. -- Harvey and Briarcliff High School tip off the Tappan Zee Holiday Basketball Tournament Friday. The tournament will see Harvey battle Briarcliff at 6 p.m. followed by the host team, Tappan Zee, taking on Valley Central at 8 p.m.
Harvey’s varsity basketball coach, Dom Narcisco, will be coaching his team on the same court where he played as a member of the Tappan Zee High School basketball team from 1994-98.
“I entered us into the TZ tournament because it is my alma mater,” Narcisco said. “I thought it would be a cool idea for me to bring my team to where I played, on the same court I played on nearly 20 years ago."
This year’s tournament will raise money for cancer treatment for Narcisco’s friend and former teammate, Johnny Gerosimo, who was diagnosed this year with cancer. Narcisco is glad to have the chance to support the efforts to help raise money for his friend’s medical needs. “I felt that bringing my team to help in the cause would be a nice gesture,” the coach said.
Harvey, a small independent school which plays in the Housatonic Valley Athletic League, is 3-4 on the season. Coach Narcisco realizes playing against larger public school teams will be “a tall order” for his players. “As long as we go down there and play hard and compete, I will be happy,” said the coach.
Narcisco looks forward to returning to his high school gym but he sees the weekend at Tappan Zee as helping his team get ready for the return to regular season games. “Playing in a tournament like this will better prepare us for our ultimate mission, to be HVAL champions,” said the coach.
The tournament ends Saturday with a consolation contest and the championship game.