Rye Basketball… So Far

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Rye Basketball… So Far

Johnny Cronin and Max Gonzalez-Molina

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The 2018-2019 Rye Garnets are a young(er) squad lead by juniors Quinn Kelly and Matthew Tepedino, who have both been on the squad since the 2016 playoff run and ruling the back court for two seasons now.  The garnets have 7 seniors of which 7 are returning from last years incredible season. Followed by 5 juniors, 2 of which are returning starters and are looking to make a significant difference this season.  The garnets are coached by John Aguilar, who is entering his 7th season as the head coach for Rye and assisted by partner in crime, Bart DiNardo. Senior forward, Sam Poole said, “I’m really excited for the season, and hope our team can emulate last years amazing run”.  Other players such as Ryan Lopp, senior captain said, “we have a 14 man roster that can all produce on and off the court to benefit our season”. Prior to the season, Coach Aguilar (@coachaguilar) tweeted a statement regarding the keys to the season, “Senior leadership, the sharp shooting of Jack Neave, the growth of Quinn Kelly (all conference) and Matthew Tepedino along with acclimating our newcomers will be the keys to starting off strong!!!”.  Rye started off the season with two wins against the Pleasantville Panthers (63-32), and Blind Brook Trojans (64-53) in the annual Rye tournament. Following the hot start at home, the Garnets traveled to Orangeburg, New York where they took on the Tappan Zee Dutchmen. Rye lost 65-50 to a talented Tappan Zee squad, in which there fans played a factor covering up a whole bleacher on a Tuesday night. This was the Garnets first test, in which they failed, but they knew they had to bounce back against the Horace Greeley Quakers two nights later at The Cube.  That they did, beating the Quakers 63-61, off of a Thomas Flaherty three point ball with 7 seconds left in regulation to knock off a Class A section title contender. The two juniors in the back court combined for 36 out of 63 points for the garnets. Tuesday night, the Garnets rolled over the Hen Hud Sailors 73-48, in which 10 players scored for the Garnets lead by Kelly with 17. Rye is back in action on Friday at home, against the Spring Valley Tigers at 6:15 PM. The Rye Garnets are looking to improve their record to 4-1.