Tri-State Academy guard Kyle Rogers attempts to steal the basketball from Bohemia Manor guard Arcel Ramirez during a game Monday, Dec. 6.


Tri-State Academy boys basketball raced by Bohemia Manor 60-32 Monday in a battle of local prep teams.

TSA guard Jerry Falko had a nice night for Crusaders as he got some good looks from three-point range.

Falko led the Crusaders with 22 points.

It was not all the Falko show for the Crusaders as they featured some balanced offensive sets that led to Kyle Rogers scoring 15 points and Jonte Jenson pouring in 11 points.

Jonas Scott scored 13 to lead Bohemia Manor, while Gannon Williams added 7 points and Jake Vaughn chipped in 6 points.

The two teams traded baskets in the first half resulting in a tie at 12-12 in the first quarter.

TSA took control in the second quarter and turned things up defensively on its way to leading 30-21 air the break.

The second half was much of the same, yet Bohemia Manor showed some flashes of potential to improve going forward.

In the end, Tri-State made some key plays in the closing moments such as closing the game on a 15-4 run over the final 6:48 to secure the win and improve to 3-1.

“We know that everything comes off defense,” TSA coach Dale Smith said. “And if we turned up our man-to-man defense and switching it would create offense.”

Coach Sandy Grimes of Bohemia Manor used one word to describe the take-away from a loss like the 28-point setback Monday.

“Learn,” Grimes said. “It was an improvement from our scrimmage. We have some growing pains to do. We had a plan to not let (Jerry) Falko get that many looks. I guess they aren’t used to seeing someone step back that far.”

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