NEW ROCHELLE New Rochelle’s Derek Dorn had plenty of fun during the boys basketball team’s incredible run to the Class AA state final last season, but the senior guard is ready to move on.
The 2013-14 Huguenots aren’t looking to ride the coattails of the success of last season’s squad.
“We don’t want to live up in the hype of last year,” Dorn said. “We just want to come out and show that we’re still a good team and have good players. Focus on this year and winning another section championship.”
On Wednesday, Dorn and his teammates proved how serious they were about putting their own stamp on the program as they beat North Rockland 68-37.
Dorn, who started on last season’s team, had a game-high 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Huguenots (1-1) jumped out to a 20-10 lead on the Red Raiders (0-2) in the first quarter and never looked back. Teammate Justin Alleyne added 11 points, two rebounds and two steals, while Antoine Lewis had 10 points and five rebounds. Drew Valsaint led North Rockland with 12 points and three rebounds.
Dorn said the entire team is approaching this season as a way to make its own history.
“Last year is in the past,” Dorn said. “We just want to worry about what story we’re writing this year so we can have our own story 20 years from now.”
New Rochelle coach Rashaun Young echoed similar sentiments New Rochelle coach Rashaun Young echoed similar sentiments. With the graduation of Joe Clarke, Khalil Edney and Donny Powell, all key components of last season’s run, this Huguenots team is certainly different than the last one.
Young said Dorn will be responsible for helping the team look past last season’s success and onto the future.
“Derek Dorn is going to have to step up,” Young said. “He’s the leader of the team.”