CHAPPAQUA, N.Y Byram Hills was not pleased Friday with itself during halftime of its boy s basketball game against host Horace Greeley.
The Bobcats were trailing by four points, but, more importantly, they did not appreciate their defensive effort.
We were kind of disappointed in our defense in the first half, Ryan Golden said. We were not playing great help defense. We were letting guys get by us, which led to a lot of easy baskets.
Byram Hills felt it did not have to make any major adjustments, just dial up the intensity and that is what the Bobcats did.
Byram Hills took the lead in the third quarter and negated a late Greeley surge in a 62-55 victory. Golden led the Bobcats (10-3) with a game-high 20 points, including seven in the third quarter. Byram Hills outscored Greeley, 14-7, in the quarter to take a 43-40 lead through three. Jeff Lynch netted six of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.
We came out a lot and played with a lot more intensity on defense and we played very good team offense, making that extra pass and looking for the open man, Golden said.
The Bobcats led 51-46 with 4:20 remaining in the game and later hiked it to nine points, 57-48, with 2:26 on the clock. However, the Quakers (7-6) moved to within four, 59-55, on a Harrison Brown offensive follow with 53.9 seconds to go.
Brown paced the Quakers with 17 points and Justin Ciero added 16 points.
Byram Hills 11 18 14 19 62 Horace Greeley 17 16 7 15 55
Byram Hills (62) Jeff Lynch 6-1-16, Charlie Murphy 1-0-2, Andrew Maloney 2-2-6, Ryan Golden 7-5-20, Andrew Grolli 5-1-11, Brian Skeley 3-0-7, Alex OBrian 0-0-0. Totals: 24-9-62. Horace Greeley (55) Harrison Brown 4-9-17, Connor Domershick 1-0-2, Teddy Graves 4-0-8, Justin Ciero 6-2-16, Brent Klein 3-0-9, Matt Xie 1-0-2, Jacob Rosen 0-0-0. Totals: 19-11-55. 3-point goals BH: Lynch 3, Golden, Skeley; HG: Ciero 2.
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