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C.U.C.D. Boys Split with Mahopac and New Castle

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – The seventh-grade boys basketball team representing Children Understanding Cultural Differences from Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe played two games over the past weekend, losing to Mahopac on Saturday and defeating a team from New Castle on Sunday.

The C.U.C.D. boys traveled to Mahopac without starting center Michael Stellate but jumped out to an early 15-2 lead with Jason Douglas, Jamon Murray, Zachary Tucker, Christian Pinto and Isaiah Gunther playing well. Douglas, who scored a game-high 40 points, scored nine points in the opening run.

Mahopac used a 13-0 run and tied the score at 15-15 after one quarter and went on to a 73-62 victory.

“I knew it would a great youth basketball game, but unfortunately, I also saw that our team seemed somewhat out of synch, so the boys would have to find a way to win,” Coach Donald Gunther said.

Mahopac led 34-30 at halftime and with the momentum outscored C.U.C.D. 18-13 in the third quarter for a 52-43 lead. The teams traded baskets for most of the fourth quarter and Mahopac took control of the game to earn the win.

“Although we lost the game I saw a group of boys develop character because it just wasn't our day offensively,” Gunther said.

Sunday’s game against New Castle produced a needed win as the team used a balanced attack with Zack Tucker leading the scoring with 10, followed by Jamon Murray with nine and Jason Douglas with eight points. Connor McHugh added five points and Isaiah Gunther had four.

C.U.C.D is currently 5-2 with seven games remaining before the playoff season begins. Mount Kisco leads the league with a record of 6-0 followed by Sleepy Hollow at 3-1 and C.U.C.D. at 5-2.

From a report by Donald Gunther

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