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Pleasantville Press Paces It to Win Over Somers

ARDSLEY, N.Y. – Pleasantville boys basketball head coach Chris Welsh came into Thursday’s game against Somers with a specific plan. His team’s execution of that plan led it to a 51-37 victory in the gymnasium at Ardsley High School.

Pleasantville and Somers met in the first game of a three-day tournament in honor of longtime Ardsley High School athletic director Hank Roth.  The Panthers’ up tempo style and full court press was on display Thursday and gave them the opportunity to play in the championship game on Saturday.

“We have to set a tempo,” Welsh said. “We press all game. If we can do that against anybody, I think we’ll be alright.”

The Panthers will face the winner of Friday’s matchup between Eastchester and host school Ardsley. Somers will play in the consolation game against the loser of that matchup.

Both teams got off to a slow start and committed several turnovers, but Pleasantville separated itself from Somers as the first half came to a close.

The Panthers went on a 7-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 20-11 lead into the break. Pleasantville then started the second half on a 6-0 run before Somers scored with 4:47 remaining in the third quarter to end its drought.

Turnovers plagued Somers, a team with a plethora of height on its roster, throughout the afternoon. The height advantage over the opponent was not enough, and head coach Mark Tanzi said his team must play more aggressively in the future.

“We have a lot more talent than we showed today,” Tanzi said. “Hopefully it’ll show in the next game.”

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