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A late Harrison surge wasn't enough to overcome a rough second quarter, as the Husky basketball team lost a close one to the rival Rye Garnets Wednesday night in Rye.
The Huskies got within one point with just more than three minutes remaining, but a 7 - 2 Garnet run in the closing minutes put the game away as Rye held on for the 55 - 53 win.
Max Twyman led all scorers with 26 points for Rye. Point guard Kamal Logue added 12 points for the Garnets. Rye led most of the way, building their lead with a 28-point second quarter.
Sophomore co-captain Coby Leftkowitz led Harrison with 14 points.
With the win Rye evened the season series with the Huskies. Harrison beat their backyard rivals 52-49 earlier this season.
Yesterday’s Local Results:
Game: Harrison vs. Rye
Result: Rye won 29-15
Highlights: Grace Leishman continues to lead the Garnets as she picked up 15 points in the win. Harrison senior Shawn Caparelli had 15 rebounds and 11 blocks in the loss.
College Sports Notebook:
Spartans climb in rankings
In the recent NCAA Regional Poll The St. Thomas Aquinas College men’s track and field team climbed up two spots to No. 7 in the NCAA regional rankings.
The Spartans were also ranked 75th in the country in the latest power rankings by the NCAA.
The Lady Spartans are ranked 15th in the region.
Mike Abelard of Spring Valley is ranked 25th in the nation and fourth in the region in the 200-meter with a time of 22:14. The Ramapo High graduate is also ranked third in the East in the 60 with a time of 7.01.
George Erazo of North Babylon holds 32nd place in the nation and fifth in the region in the 400-m after clocking 49:05, while freshman Alex Andre of Garnerville broke into eighth place in the regional rankings in the 800-m (1:56.86).
The 4x400 relay team of Abelard, Erazo, Rich Ricca of Pearl River and Frankie Colon of Suffern is third in the region while the DMR (distance medley relay) team of Andre, Erazo, Garvenchy Nicolas of Brooklyn and Matt Buell of Staten Island is sixth.
Colon ranks fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 42-6.
Keeley Bateman of Pearl River leads the women’s squad with a seventh-place ranking in the 800 with a time of 2:20.82. Bateman, Kaitlin Mancini of Long Island, Catherine Sandkuhl of North Babylon and Chelsea Klinger of Owego make up the DMR team that ranks sixth in the East Region.
A few members will be competing this weekend in the New Balance Collegiate Games at the Armory in upper Manhattan, while the balance of the team continues to prepare for next week’s CTC Championships in Middleton, CT.
Mercy, mercy, mercy
The men’s basketball team at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry is struggling at 2-17, but the show goes on—as well it should.
The Clippers will host NYIT (7-10) on Saturday (Feb. 4) at 5 p.m. as part of alumni day festivities.
Kortney Parker of Mount Vernon is a reserve forward at Mercy, with 10 steals and four blocked shots on the season, and a 5.2 points-per-game average.
Points at a premium
Twin brothers Justin and Drew Daniels of Suffern take the ice on Friday as Northeastern University and Massachusetts meet for the final time of the regular season at Matthews Arena in Boston, MA.
In the last three games, Northeastern has managed only two points off the Minutemen (0-1-2).
Northeastern (10-11-3) is looking to avoid not winning a game against UMass in a season since the 2006-07 docket.
Friday’s game is extremely critical for both squads. The Huskies and Minutemen (9-10-5) are tied for seventh place in Hockey East following last weekend’s action in which NU swept Vermont while the Minutemen were dealt a pair of losses by UMass Lowell.
Justin Daniels, a premier man on face-offs, has 13 points on six goals and seven assists, while Drew has chipped in three assists.