• Tyler Sayre tipped in a key put back with under 30 seconds to play and was named tournament MVP after dropping 26 points in Albertus Magnus’ 64-60 victory over Byram Hills in the first of two Slam Dunk finals.
It was a meeting of reigning Section 1 champs, of course, and a few plays here or there determined it. The execution was pretty sharp in what was certainly the best game of the week so far. Sayre said afterward that his tip in was one of the few times all game where Byram failed to block him out. He made the Bobcats pay.
Jack Sullivan was terrific as well, scoring 20 points and grabbing five steals. Pat McGuinness (pictured above) also played a sharp all-around game knifing deep into Byram’s matchup zone.
Brian Skelly made several big plays throughout the game, scoring 13 points off the bench for the Bobcats. Andrew Maloney provided a double-double to go along with six assists. Their contributions helped offset a clearly hobbled Jeff Lynch.
• Earlier, White Plains slipped past Poughkeepsie 47-43 in a tight, low-scoring game that was won with a few key plays down the stretch by Anthony Williams, Akeem Williams and Mike Scotman. The Tigers earned win No. 300 at White Plains for coach Spencer Mayfield (right), who had a great sentiment afterward:
“It means I’m getting old and I’ve been around for a long time,” Mayfield said with a smile after the game. “But it’s a tribute to all my former coaches and former players, and all the hard work that they’ve put into the program.”
Mayfield, now in his 19th season at the school, later shared his thanks with the White Plains basketball community on Twitter. You certainly have to appreciate what he’s accomplished. We all know this but it bears repeating: Without Mount Vernon in the section, White Plains would have handfuls of state playoff appearances under Mayfield. The success would probably cast even more light on a coach who is widely respected as it is. No question about that.
• In the matinee, Blind Brook used size to its advantage to beat Sleepy Hollow 50-39 in a challenge game. Antoine Saliba was named the game’s MVP with 16 points and nine boards, but it was the 6-foot-4 senior and his 6-7 teammate Brendan Schaenman who controlled the paint. Schaenman chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds.