Here’s a recap of yesterday’s events and today’s early results for Mount Vernon and Rye at their holiday tournaments:
• New Rochelle beat Kennedy 56-55 Thursday in the consolation game of the Slam Dunk. Senior Kirkland Ottey (pictured left) rebounded from Wednesday’s costly turnover in the final seconds of a tie game in a heartbreaking loss to Kingston. He drained a 3-pointer with 6.7 remaining to lift the Huguenots to victory.
• Mount Vernon turned up its defense in the fourth quarter, winning the period 25-7 en route to a 64-48 victory over Seton Catholic of Binghamton. Four Mount Vernon players scored eight points or more, led by Randy Stephens’ 17.
• Also in the roundup: Peekskill won in Johnson City; Ramapo beat Suffern to win the Suffern tourney; and Sacred Heart was edged by Murry Bergtraum and will play Francis Lewis today in the final of the Volpe Christmas Tournament.
• Not in the roundup: Saunders beat Johnson City 60-59 at Johnson City to improved to 5-1. Jerrell Benitez had 21 points, six rebounds and five steals. Rahbir Hamman had 12 points and 13 boards.
• Also not in the roundup: Croton-Harmon improved to 6-1 with a 69-61 win over the host in O’Neill’s holiday tournament. Ian Thom led the Tigers with 25 points, shooting 8 for 14 from the floor. He scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half. Thom earned tournament MVP honors.
Wes Turner added 13 points, Tyler Gilman 12 and Aaron Thompson 11 points and 11 assists. Wes Turner was named all-tournament after a 30-point effort on Wednesday.
Croton will meet unbeaten Pleasantville Wednesday.
• Mount Vernon beat St. Rita’s of Chicago 61-55 in the fifth-place game of the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic in Binghamton to finish 2-1 in the tournament. I’ll pass along more details either later today or tomorrow. The Knights led the whole way playing without Jarrel Marshall (concussion) for the third straight game.
• Rye finished its trip to the Beach Ball Classic this morning, losing 67-56 to Gaffney (S.C.). Gaffney’s bench outscored Rye’s 50-10. Here’s the box score.
Max Twyman had a big game for Rye, which led 32-28 at the break but struggled in the second half. He scored 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting, grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals, two blocks and two assists. Kamal Logue added six points and four assists. Michael Garafolo had five assists and Mike D’Antoni scored nine points.
The Garnets finished the tournament 0-3.