MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck High School boys basketball team will host several local teams in the Sound Shore Classic on Friday and Saturday.
Mamaroneck won its own tournament last year for the first time since the 2007-08 season, and the same four teams will again participate this year. Rye will face Harrison in the first game Friday at 5 p.m., while the host Tigers will take on local rival Rye Neck at 7 p.m.
The winners will face off in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday while the losers will meet in the consolation game at 5 p.m.
Mamaroneck head coach Tyrone Carver Jr. said his team is looking forward to the tournament, particularly because the Tigers have lost three games in a row and want to redeem themselves on the court.
“The tournament is special (because), for one, it’s on our home floor and we value that,” Carver said via email. “But we bring in our local flavor, teams that we respect a great deal and happen to be our neighbors.”
The Tigers lost three straight games to Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Union-Endicott last week, and Carver said the tournament is crucial for Mamaroneck to earn a couple of wins as the league schedule continues.
Mamaroneck started off the season well in December but has faltered in January. The Tigers also suffered some injuries early on, but the team has been most successful this year when it played to its strength.
“Our defense has been a strength of ours,” Carver said. “When we have defended, we won, and when we haven’t, we lost.”
Carver paid respect to the three other teams in the competition, particularly Harrison. The Tigers defeated the Huskies in the championship game last year, but the result was much different two years ago.
“What can we say about Harrison? They beat us at the buzzer two years ago,” Carver said. “Coach (Gary) Chiarella and his staff always has them competing at a high level so this should be great.”