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Young Woodlands Falcons Off To Strong Start

Players on the Woodlands Falcons basketball team, including D'Andre Tilford, standing third from left, and Da'Sean Downey, standing far right, hope to win the Section 1 Class B championship this year.
Players on the Woodlands Falcons basketball team, including D'Andre Tilford, standing third from left, and Da'Sean Downey, standing far right, hope to win the Section 1 Class B championship this year. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Woodlands boys varsity basketball team may be young, but it has plenty of heart to vie for the gold basketball that accompanies a Section 1 championship this year.

With only three seniors to lead the team, the Falcons have returned to the courts coming off a 16-5 season that included a quarterfinal appearance in the Section 1 Class B playoffs. But this year, senior Da'Sean Downey would like to see his team go all the way.

"I know we're young and inexperienced, but I think we have the talent to get it done," said Downey, who scored 14 points in Woodlands' win over Ramapo on Monday. "We just have to focus on the little things and we should be good."

Downey and his teammates have a strong bond, as some of them have been playing on AAU teams together since they were little, he said. Now, it's the seniors last shot to win a section championship.

Senior D'Andre Tilford, who also chipped in 14 points for Monday's game, said the "young cats" on the Falcons contribute to the team's high energy. Their key to winning this season will be sticking to the fundamentals, he said.

"We just have to execute plays and be more physical," Tilford said.

The Falcons have already started the season off strong with a 3-1 record. Head coach Robert Murphy  attributes the loss to the boys having nerves during their first game of the season.

"I'm optimistic so far, now that we've adjusted to playing," Murphy said.

A schedule change will keep the Falcons on their toes this year, Murphy added, as they won't know what to expect heading into several matches with teams they've never played before. But, as always, he's counting on their match-up against rival White Plains on Dec. 20 to give them a good contest.

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