So I went one for two yesterday on the tournament games, picking Byram but missing on Albertus. So…after picking White Plains to win it, I’ll stick with Byram tonight. Albertus might have the better starting five, but it’s close. But it’s Byram that has the stronger bench right now, so I’ll take the Bobcats by five.
Poughkeepsie-White Plains is also interesting. Both teams are in dire need of a quality win. They should both arrive to the arena hungry – and not just for Nathan’s.
At the County Center:
Challenge game: Blind Brook 50, Sleepy Hollow 39
Consolation: White Plains 47, Poughkeepsie 43
Championship: Albertus Magnus 64, Byram Hills 60
Blind Brook 50, Sleepy Hollow 39: At the County Center, Antoine Saliba had 16 points, nine rebounds, three steals and a block to earn MVP honors for the Trojans. Brennan Schaenman added 12 points and 12 rebounds as Blind Brook outrebounded Sleepy 43-32.
The Headless Horsemen were led by 17 points from Harley Falasca and 11 rebounds by L.J. Garrant. Freddie Bertrand added eight points and seven rebounds. They led 13-9 after the first quarter, but were outscored 16-3 in the second. That included an 8-0 Blind Brook run to end the half.
White Plains 47, Poughkeepsie 43: At the County Center, Mike Scotman scored 16 points to lead the Tigers, who handed Poughkeepsie its third straight loss. Anthony Williams had 13 points and 11 rebounds for White Plains, which trailed until Darrell Everett hit a free throw with three minutes to play.
Jermar Dancy and D’Andre Smith each scored 10 points to lead the Pioneers. Smith scored a basket with a little over a minute to play to give his team a 41-40 lead. Akeem Williams scored on the next possession to give his team the lead for good with about a minute to play. Williams finsihed with nine points.
White Plains shot 41.9 percent from the field for the game, but went 10 for 17 in the second half. The Tigers were also 21 for 35 from the line. Poughkeepsie finished just 34.8 percent from the field, including 9 for 25 in the second half. The Pioneers went just 8 for 18 from the foul line and 3 for 15 from 3-point land.
Albertus Magnus 64, Byram Hills 60: At the County Center, Tyler Sayre (pictured upper right) scored 26 points on 9 for 14 shooting, had six rebounds and two steals to earn tournament MVP honors. Sayre scored 42 points on 15 of 21 shooting over two games to lead the Falcons.
He scored on a three-point play with 1:54 left to give Albertus a 58-55 lead. With a five-point lead cut to 60-58 on a 3-pointer by Byram’s Brian Skelly, Sayre tipped in a floater by Jack Sullivan that had rimmed out as the shot clock expired with 29 seconds remaining.
Sullivan had hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch. He had five steals and scored 20 points, including 11 in the third quarter with Sayre on the bench in foul trouble. Pat McGuinness added eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Skelly led Byram with 13 points off the bench. Jeff Lynch had 12 points and six assists, while Andrew Maloney chipped in 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Bobcats.
At the County Center:
Challenge game: Mamaroneck vs. Brewster, 12 p.m.
Kennedy vs. Jamestown, 6 p.m.
New Rochelle vs. Kingston, 8 p.m.