Scenes from the Buzzell games. Pictured with the girls team are coaches Donal Birmingham and Melissa Belardi. Pictured with the boys team are coaches Andrew Marinos, Jordan Sims, and Joe Cifone, and Al Davis, a member of the Riverdale physical education department from 1953 to 1987 and legendary basketball and baseball coach. Photos by Bob Kenas.
The Riverdale boys and girls varsity basketball teams defeated Horace Mann at the annual Buzzell Tournament on Friday night.
The boys repeated their 2013 win, taking down the Lions 52-41.
In overtime, the girls posted a 43-39 win. It was the first Buzzell win for the girls since 2005, and the first time that both boys and girls teams have won since 1997.
The girls team will compete in the NYSAIS basketball tournament tomorrow at 5 p.m. Seeded seventh, Riverdale will play Grace Church, the 10th seed, at home.
The boys team will compete in the NYSAIS tournament on Wednesday at Poly Prep at 7 p.m. Poly Prep is seeded third, and Riverdale is seeded sixth. Riverdale won the NYSAIS tournament in 2013, and lost in the finals last year.
The Buzzell Tournament began in 1951 in memory of Robert Buzzell, a member of the Horace Mann Class of 1951 and avid basketball player and fan, who died from polio. The games were organized by his classmates as a way of honoring his memory and raising money for the March of Dimes and its efforts to fight polio. Over the years the Buzzell Games have raised more $58,000 on behalf of the Greater New York Chapter of the March of Dimes and more than $6,000 for the American Cancer Society.