BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Bronxville High boys’ varsity basketball team left little doubt as to whether it was prepared to play Friday.
The Broncos scored the game’s first 10 points and were never in danger in a 56-39 win over Iona Prep “B” in a semifinal of the Bill Green Boys’ Basketball Tournament.
Bronxville will play Pelham in the final at 5 p.m. Saturday. This will be preceded by Pleasantville and Iona Prep “B” in the consolation at 3 p.m.
Ned Carpenter scored eight of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter. Jack Connors finished with 15 points.
“On Tuesday, we had a bad game in a loss, so we brought up the intensity the next two days in practice,” Carpenter said. “Yesterday, we went really hard. We came out and showed from the start that we were legit.”
Phil Austi got Bronxville rolling fast with a basket, two free throws and an assist on a Carpenter hoop. The Broncos were getting out in transition, and, before the Gaels knew what hit them, it was 10-0, then 17-2.
“In the first quarter, everything was flowing and we started making our shots,” Carpneter said. “We knew they were going to come out with that 2-2-1 press. Once we started breaking it, we were getting layups and, in the half court, they were leaving our shooters open on the perimeter.”
Bronxville led, 24-6, after one quarter.
The Broncos will be making their third consecutive trip to the final. The first two results were not what Bronxville wanted.
“Hopefully, this year, we can bring the trophy back to its rightful place,” Carpenter said.
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