Update, 5:01 p.m.: The game is about to get underway.
Update, 5:05 p.m.: Woodlands looks sloppy and nervous. Irvington leads 8-0.
Update, 5:08 p.m.: Timeout Woodlands. Irvington is up 10-0 and its fans are rocking. There’s 4:29 left in the quarter and Woodlands does not look good.
Update, 5:11 p.m.: OK, you might not believe this, but whatever: Irvington leads 20-0. That’s right — 20-0. And “I’m a Believer” is playing on the PA. Great choice by DJ Diz. Woodlands called timeout with 2:04 to play.
Update, 5:18 p.m.: Alex Fenyn just scored on a putback — Irvington is dominating on the offensive boards — and Irvington is up 25-6 after one quarter. Samar O’Neil hit a right-wing jumper with 1:51 left in the quarter for Woodlands’ first hoop. It was 20-0 at the time.
Update, 5:27 p.m.: Timeout Irvington. The Bulldogs still lead 25-13 but the shock has worn off. Two baskets from Reece Williams and a three-point play from Davonne Henry has Woodlands back in it. The Falcons also have two FT coming up.
Update, 5:33 p.m.: Irvington still leads 25-20 with 3:36 to play but Woodlands has come on very, very strong.
Update, 5:39 p.m.: HALFTIME — Irvington leads 25-22, but it didn’t score in the entire second quarter. Woodlands is on a 16-0 run. Henry had eight of those points. He has been so active after a skittish start.
Update, 5:55 p.m.: What a bizarre game. Irvington is up 31-24 after a Woodlands putback. Irvington scored the first six points of the half. Chris Brennan had the first hoop, which snapped a scoreless streak of 8:37. All of a sudden, Irvington looks much better again.
Update, 6:05 p.m.: Woodlands leads 38-36 with 1:56 to go in the third quarter. It’s been back and forth all quarter.
Update, 6:11 p.m.: I was just about to write that Woodlands closed the quarter on a 10-0 run but Peter Crisara just hit a 3 at the buzzer. Still, the Falcons lead 45-39 heading into the fourth quarter. Hard to believe that Irvington lead 20-0 at one point. Too much Henry, who is athletic enough to be a star on any team in the section.
Update, 6:22 p.m.: Wow, Irvington keeps hanging around. Woodlands leads 49-47 with two minutes to play.
Update, 6:24 p.m.: Spoke too soon. Henry and Derrick Banks just scored back to back hoops and Woodlands leads 53-47 with 1:21 remaining. Irvington had a shot to tie before the two baskets.
Update, 6:27 p.m.: Timeout Woodlands. The Falcons lead 53-49 with Crisara at the line for a 1 and 1. Two bad plays by Woodlands. First, Irvington decided to play defense and not foul. So Banks drove to the basket and traveled, but Woodlands could’ve burned about 15 more seconds off the clock. Then, Crisara lost the handle but he was fouled fighting for the loose ball. So…he’s now at the line with 25.3 to play, a chance to cut it to two.
Update, 6:32 p.m.: A thunderous dunk by Henry capped it after Atkins sank a pair of FTs. Woodlands wins 57-51 and will play Pleasantville in the Class B final.