The day started with a wild one between Brewster and Mamaroneck that was probably the second best game of the week. It was pretty chippy at the end. Mamaroneck senior Matt Mezansky – a player who has emerged as one of the top guards in Westchester – was whistled for two technicals in the final three minutes. That means he will serve a mandatory suspension in the team’s next game. When’s that? Wednesday afternoon at White Plains, a game that has suddenly become very winnable for the 4-1 Tigers. Ouch.
You can read more below about the challenge game. Here’s what’s on tap today:
At the County Center:
Challenge game: Mamaroneck 52, Brewster 43
Jamestown 79, Kennedy 72
Kingston 57, New Rochelle 55
Mamaroneck 52, Brewster 43: At the County Center, Matt Mezansky had 23 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals for the Tigers, who played their first game in the arena since they played Mount Vernon in the 1971 Section 1 tournament. (That Knights team boasted four players who went to the NBA and was ranked by The Journal News as the “Team of the Decade.”) Alex Lanni added 10 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks to earn MVP honors for Mamaroneck.
The Tigers led by double digits in the second quarter but Brewster rallied late. The Bears’ leading scorer in the game, Ryan Mahoney (15 points), tied the score 40-40 midway through the final period. But Mamaroneck closed the game on a 12-3 run behind the play of Mezansky and Gerry McMullin, who finished with nine points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Mezansky and Brewster’s Mike Bonilla was whistled for a technical foul after he took exception to a foul by Jack Dignan with 2:53 remaining. After another brief altercation about two minutes later, Mezansky and Mahoney were whistled for a double technical. The second technical ejected Mezansky from the game and will lead to an automatic one-game suspension.
Brian McNeil added 10 points for Brewster, which was outrebounded 42-21. Bonilla scored four points and led the team with five rebounds.
Jamestown 79, Kennedy 72: At the County Center, Adam Cecchini scored 24 points and Kevin Dias added 20 off the bench for last year’s Class AA state runner-up. Diaz hit 6 of 11 from 3-point land and Jamestown went 11 for 26 from 3 for the game. The defending Section 6 champ finished 30 for 56 from the field.
Thiago Randazzo led Kennedy with 24 points, seven rebounds and three steals. He shot 10 for 18 from the floor and played 31 minutes.
The Gaels remained close throughout, trailing just 38-36 at halftime and 59-54 after three quarters. After falling behind by 10 in the fourth, Mike DeMello (10 points, 3 assists, 3 steals) and Billy Kelly hit back to back 3’s in the fourth quarter to cut their deficit to four points at 68-64. Jordan Hardy late hit a pair of free throws to cut it to 72-68 but Kennedy was never any closer.
Mike Ennis added 12 points and three assists for the Gaels. Jordan Hardy, the team’s only returning starter, had 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals on 6-of-10 shooting.
Kingston 57, New Rochelle 55: At the County Center, Justin Robinson hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining after a costly New Rochelle turnover to break a 55-55 tie.
Robinson had hit an off-balance jumper as he fell to the ground with 15 seconds remaining to tie the game. New Rochelle then called timeout with 7.5 on the clock and drew up a two-man offensive set with Kirkland Ottey and Joe Clarke. When Ottey was unable to enter the ball into the post from the left corner, he tried to swing it back out to the left wing. The ball was thrown away and in the direction of halfcourt and was grabbed by Robinson on the run. He was fouled on a layup attempt with 0.4 seconds left and calmly sank the winning free throws.
Robinson led Kingston with 22 points and had seven steals. Joe Clarke led New Ro with 22 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. He scored on a short jumper with 35 seconds remaining to tie the score 53-53.
Clarke was fouled with under 40 seconds remaining but missed both at the line. On the second, Ottey grabbed the offensive rebound and scored on a put back to help New Rochelle regain the lead.
The game was closely contested throughout. New Ro led 28-25 at the break and neither team led by more than four points the entire second half.
Jordan DeCiddio (12), Michah Riddick (10) and Jovan Coffey (10) all scored double digits for Kingston. Riddick led the Tigers with seven rebounds.
Malik Burts had seven points, nine rebounds and three steals for New Rochelle.
At the County Center:
Consolation: Kennedy vs. New Rochelle, 6 p.m.
Championship: Jamestown vs. Kingston, 8 p.m.