MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck High School boys basketball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history last year. This season, the Tigers will look to build on that success.
The Tigers lost key seniors Matt Mezansky and Gerry McMullin to graduation. But Mamaroneck has some starters from last season as well as some fresh faces to lead the team in the 2012-13 season.
“It’s always tough to lose guys the caliber of Matt Mezansky and Gerry McMullin,” said head coach Tyrone Carver Jr. “Their losses will obviously be huge, but I’m excited about the young guys that will play here.”
Mamaroneck earned wins over rivals New Rochelle, whom the Tigers had not beaten since 1971, and White Plains last season. The No. 8 Huguenots beat No. 9 Mamaroneck in the playoff rematch.
Carver did not shy away from discussing the expectations with the team after last season’s successes.
“We talked about it last year. We talked about it with the JV as well as the varsity,” Carver said. “The guys before this group have helped put Mamaroneck up on the map and set the bar for us, and we want to continue to carry the torch.”
Mamaroneck will have five sophomores on the roster this year, including Kumar Nambiar. Junior Matt Bernstein should also play an important role on the team along with Dean Delucia.
But perhaps the most important acquisition is senior Scotty Greenberg, who had much success for the Mamaroneck lacrosse team.
“We’re looking for those guys to really step up and make a huge contribution along with returning guys,” Carver said.
One of the returning players is senior Alex Lanni, who earned all-league honors last year. Lanni was one of the three best players on the court for the Tigers last season and will more than likely be the leader of the squad this year.
But he, along with a few other players, has been banged up in practice and is not 100 percent just yet. Carver said Lanni is in jeopardy of missing the season opener at Gorton on Dec. 6.
“I’m just hoping to get everybody healthy in time to start the season,” Carver said.