Today’s pretty quiet for a Saturday, although not up in Putnam, where archrivals Carmel and Mahopac meet at Carmel High School.
The Rams enter the game 8-2, while the Indians arrive 8-1. They have gotten to this point in largely the same fashion — by winning close games. Carmel has won by an average of just 2.3 points per game. Mahopac has won three straight in convincing fashion: by 10 over Somers, 15 over North Salem and 25 over Lincoln Hall.
Still, the Indians have outscored their opponents by just 6.9 points per game, meaning all the evidence points to a close one. A very, very close one at that. So here’s my bonus prediction: Mahopac, playing better of late, wins by five or less.
Saturday’s schedule —
Mahopac 51, Carmel 40
St. Mary’s of Manhasset 66, New Rochelle 65
Sleepy Hollow 68, Croton-Harmon 45
St. Joseph of Montvale 59, White Plains 40
Harvey 57, Forman 46
Port Chester at Ossining, 1:45 p.m.
All Hallows at Salesian, 2 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament at Nazareth, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Westlake, 5 p.m.
At Mamaroneck High School:
Consolation: Rye Neck vs. Rye, 2 p.m.
Championship: Harrison 55, Mamaroneck 52
North Salem tournament
At North Salem High School:
Consolation: Pawling vs. Hamilton, 3 p.m.
Championship: Blind Brook 62, North Salem 49
At Springfield College:
Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 72, Mount Vernon 56
Taft 72, Mount Vernon 56: At the HoopHall Classic at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., Taft led Mount Vernon from tip to buzzer. Six-foot-10, 260-pound center Kevin Johnson led Taft with 26 points. Taft also features 6-4 senior Spencer Dinwiddie, a Colorado commit. Mount Vernon trailed by as many as 20 points. Jabarie Hinds played despite suffering from an ankle injury. He said he was a game-time decision, but finished with 18 points and six steals. He was the only Mount Vernon player in double figures.
St. Mary’s 66, New Rochelle 65: At New Rochelle, P.J. Torres missed two free throws with 6.9 seconds to play and his team trailing by one point. Torres had given the Huguenots a 65-64 lead in the final minutes with a steal and three-point play. St. Mary’s led 37-33 at halftime before New Rochelle won the third quarter 20-12.
Mahopac 51, Carmel 40: At Carmel, Mahopac outscored the Rams 16-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away and earn its ninth victory. Zach Ankler had 16 points to lead the Indians and Ryan Wagner added 14 as they improved to 9-1. Bashkim Rugova was the only player in double figures for Carmel, which fell to 8-3. He scored 10 points and helped the Rams cut their deficit to 35-34 after three quarters.
St. Joseph of Montvale 59, White Plains 40: At St. Joe’s in Montvale, N.J., Lawrence Pope scored 16 points to lead the Tigers, who were outscored 12-3 in the first quarter and had just 19 points at the half. Alexis Nunez added 14 points.