As you could probably tell, I was M.I.A. last night. I spent the evening out with my wife.
I came home in time to catch the final few minutes of West Virginia-Baylor, which, judging by the chatter on Twitter last night, quite a few of you saw as well. Baylor, the No. 6 team in the country, won in OT, but Kevin Jones and Jabarie Hinds repped Mount Vernon pretty darn well in the near-upset.
Locally, TZ overcame some tired legs and a few nagging injuries to beat Ramapo in a thriller. Brendan Donohue hit the winning basket with nine seconds left to stave off the upset, including a great performance by David Haye.
Clarkstown South and Saunders each returned to the win column after suffering tough losses last week. Both had played so well in the early going. Looks like they returned to that rather quickly.
Stepinac also continued to knock on the door against top AA opponents but came up just short again. This time the Crusaders hung tough in their biggest home game of the season before falling by a point to Xaverian.
Below are all of Friday’s results. I don’t know how much more I’ll have today. To those who celebrate, happy holidays from all of us here at the Varsity Insider compound. This blog would not be what it is without you, and I appreciate every single reader of this site.
Now go Giants.
Saunders 59, Lincoln 40: At Lincoln, Jarrell Benitz had 24 points (a varsity career-high), 11 steals, and six rebounds for the Blue Devils. Mike Sullivan added 13 points. Gabriel Arrendell and Kevin Asiamah each scored 11 points for the Lancers.
Tappan Zee 59, Ramapo 58: At Tappan Zee, Brendan Donohue (10 points) scored the eventual game-winner with nine seconds left in the game on the put back for the Dutchmen. Billy O’Shea had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Teammate Brian McLaughlin added 16 points. David Haye scored 30 points for the Gryphons, including hitting eight 3-pointers. Teammate Aqueel Dallas scored 12 points.
Clarkstown South 80, Spring Valley 58: At Spring Valley, the Vikings went 42 for 52 from the free throw line. Mike McCahey scored 25 points, 16 of which came from the free throw line. Clayton Roker scored 16 points. Teammate Tyler Mager scored 11 points for the Vikings. Kai Mitchell had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks for the Tigers. Ervin Williams added 13 points.
Xaverian 65, Stepinac 64: At Stepinac, Josh James scored 19 points to lead the Crusaders. He made four 3-pointers. Tyler Iacuone made a 3 in the final seconds to cut the deficit to one point but Stepinac was unable to foul. Quarry Greenaway added 10 points and six rebounds for Stepinac, which rallied late from a 58-50 deficit. Duvino McRae added 12 boards.
The Crusaders held SMU-bound guard Brian Bernardi to 12 points, but Xaverian’s Dillon Burns led all scorers with 20. For more information, check out the story in the New York Post.