OK, a huge day tomorrow at New Rochelle. Get there early and get ready for some quality basketball.
Here’s a look at the three games:
RYE (7-7) vs. HARRISON (10-5), 12 p.m. — The Huskies dealt their fiercest rival a loss last month at the Slam Dunk but the calendar has flipped. Has the momentum? Maybe. Harrison is just 4-4 since while Rye is 5-2. The Garnets beat Somers 52-37 just a week ago, just 10 days after Harrison sneaked by the Tuskers 39-37 at home. Both teams beat John Jay and Byram Hills. Both teams lost to Port Chester and Greeley. It’s enough to make your head spin. But wouldn’t it be funny if this turned into the most competitive of the three games? Would it shock you? Me neither. Prediction: Rye 58, Harrison 57.
PEEKSKILL (9-4) vs. POUGHKEEPSIE (11-0), 2 p.m. — It’s a shame these two are no longer in the same league. They have engaged in quite a few hardwood battles in recent years, splitting wins almost down the middle. Were this back in December, I’d call it Pioneers all the way. But have they been tested to the extent that Peekskill has been over the last month? The Red Devils have wins over Greeley, Narbonne, South Side and Ossining. Poughkeepsie hasn’t ventured outside Dutchess County. It’s really impossible to gauge the Pioneers’ improvement at this point. Prediction: Peekskill 72, Poughkeepsie 68.
NEW ROCHELLE (13-1) vs. MOUNT VERNON (10-4), 4 p.m. — Wow. When was the last time these teams met when Mount Vernon appeared so vulnerable? Definitely before I started here way back in 2003. Even in ‘05, the Knights were strong and simply ran into a stronger opponent, the New Rochelle group led by Geoff McDermott. But this Mount Vernon squad still must prove itself, as crazy as that was to just write. This could certainly be the game. But at home, I’ll take New Ro. On the road… we will see. Prediction: New Rochelle 77, Mount Vernon 69.