SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale High School boys basketball team opened its season with a 50-23 win against Lincoln on Friday.
The Raiders won the opening-round game in the 2012 Maroon and White Kari Pizzitola Holiday Basketball Tournament. Scarsdale will face Fox Lane in the championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Scarsdale has an older team this season, made up of nine seniors and seven juniors. Senior Jon Cohen opened the game with two wide-open three pointers. Feld expects the guard to make, and take, plenty of shots this season for the Raiders.
“He’s a gunslinger. He’s just one of those, he doesn’t care. It could be any team out there. We could be playing Duke, it wouldn’t matter,” Feld said. “He’d be putting those up.”
But the coach made it clear that there is more to Cohen’s game than shooting.
“Cohen’s not just a shooter, he’s a player,” Feld said. “He’s already committed to (SUNY) Geneseo, and the kid can play. He’s one of the smartest kids that I’ve ever coached. It’s like having another coach on the floor, which is nice. He makes good decisions out there.”
Guard Alex Squadron and center Jack Hewitt, both seniors, co-captain the Raiders this year. Both will be instrumental if the Raiders have success this year.
“Even if (Squadron) doesn’t score, he’s the motor. He’s the head of the snake, so to speak,” Feld said. “As he goes, we’re going to go.”
Senior guard Tyler Nathan did not play for Scarsdale on Friday because of an illness. Feld thought his absence hurt the team, which he said came out nervous in the first half.
But the Raiders eventually settled down and gave up just 11 points in the final three quarters after they surrendered 12 in the first quarter.
“Considering all the nerves, they got over them finally in the second half,” Feld said. “But you can see we missed some layups. We missed some easy looks. It’s going to happen, but that’s OK.”