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Rye Basketball Team Relishes Playing In County Center Despite First Loss

Rye High School fell 43-30 to Eastchester High School on Wednesday at the Westchester County Center. Photo Credit: Aaron Miller
Rye High School fell to 4-1 on the season. Photo Credit: Aaron Miller

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Rye High School’s varsity boys basketball team savored the chance to play in the Westchester County Center on Wednesday, despite falling to Eastchester High School 43-30 in a battle of unbeatens and to 4-1 on the season.

The contest took place before the Westchester Knicks’ own game, and several players, including newly acquired former BYU star Jimmer Fredette, could be seen watching the tail end of the high school game from the stage area.

Rye coach John Aguilar said teams always relish the chance to play at what could be described as the mecca of Westchester hoops.

“We just wanted to enjoy playing on the Knicks’ court before the Knicks’ game,” Aguilar said. “I think they really enjoyed themselves despite the outcome.”

Although Rye closely trailed for much of the game, Eastchester pulled ahead for good in the third quarter, led by point guard Benny DiMirco, who was named the game’s MVP.

Aguilar said the bright lights “absolutely” fazed his team.

“They’re 16- and 17-year-old boys,” he said. “But in the grand scheme of things, it’s one game out of 20, and the experience was well worth it.”

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