Two decent-sized upsets to report tonight. And, boy, were they of the dramatic variety.
Lakeland beat Beacon 56-54 thanks to Dan Eremita’s two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining. North Salem beat Carmel 38-37 on Connor Holliday’s winning layup as time expired. The Tigers rallied from a 15-1 deficit in the first quarter.
There are more details below about North Salem’s remarkable victory, as well as Blind Brook’s 46-26 win over Valhalla.
That was the game I covered today, but there’s much more to share. Tarrytown’s EF International Academy picked up the program’s first win ever. Riverside’s Ian Parker hit the game-winning 3-pointer with just eight seconds left in his team’s win over Hen Hud.
Blind Brook 46, Valhalla 26: At Kensico School in Valhalla, Antoine Saliba had 17 points and seven rebounds and Jack Jamilkowski added eight points in just his second game back from a foot injury. Jeff Visoky had five points in place of starting point guard Sam Adler, who is out with a concussion. The senior is not expected to return for another 1-2 weeks. (Adler suffered the concussion on Jan. 20 when his jaw collided with the head of Byram Hills’ Jeff Lynch.)
Blind Brook led 25-20 midway through the third quarter when it ignited a 15-2 run. The Trojans allowed 11 points to Valhalla’s Miro Ronac and nine points and 19 rebounds to Terrence Tribble. The rest of the Vikings had just two other field goals combined.
North Salem 38, Carmel 37: At North Salem, Connor Holliday sank the game-winning layup as time expired, giving the Tigers the comeback victory. North Salem trailed 15-1 after the first quarter. “We had plenty of good looks, we just couldn’t hit anything,” Tigers coach Henry Sassone said. The Tigers missed 11 layups in the first quarter. “Carmel’s a AA school and they’re a lot quicker and more athletic than us,” Sassone said. “I told the boys we needed to match their intensity and that the first two minutes of the half were pivitol.” Sassone’s halftime speech resonated with the Tigers as they out-scored the Rams 32-14 in the second half. Umar Singh led the Tigers with 15 points and 12 rebounds. James Langelotti added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
EF International 53, Solomon Schechter 43: At EF International, Pavel Strembovsky scored 16 points to give his team its first win in program history.
“It feels great,” coach John Buonanano said. “It really meant a lot to the kids. They’ve worked so hard for this.”
Riverside 56, Hen Hud 54: At Hen Hud, Ian Parker had 25 points, including the winning three-pointer with eight seconds left. David Morris added 15 points. Lawrence Colman had 22 points for Hen Hud.
Westlake 62, Keio 53: At Keio, Rich Maio had 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. Shimpei Konto had 21 points to lead the Unicorns.
Rye Neck 59, Hamilton 46: At Rye Neck, Matt Franks had 25 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Brendan Crowley added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Hamilton’s Errol Forde scored 17 points.
John Jay-EF 67, Putnam Valley 62: At Putnam Valley, Zach Coleman scored 24 points. Teammates Andre Soto added 18 points, and Jelani Bell-Issac had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Midland Park (NJ) 62, Green Meadow 38: At Midland Park, Mehemet Doganata scored 12 points for the Warriors.
Byram Hills 50, Yorktown 33: At Yorktown, Charlie Murphy had 11 points and Ryan Golden added 10. Anthony Coutsouros scored 12 points to lead the ‘Huskers.
Greens Farms Academy 63, Masters 61: At Greens Farms Academy (Conn.), the Panthers missed three chances to tie or take the lead in the closing seconds. Gregg Braithwaite had 20 points and seven rebounds. Mark Zientek added 12 points.
Lakeland 56, Beacon 54: At Lakeland, Danny Eremita hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to win the game. He led the Hornets with 21 points, and teammate Alex Perlman had 20.
Mahopac 67, John Jay 52: At Mahopac, Brendan Hynes had 27 points and 11 rebounds. Mark Vaccaro added 13 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. John Jay’s Matt Ferentini had 29 points.
Briarcliff 49, Harrison 35: At Harrison, Tyriek Johnson had 12 points. Brian Daniels and Jared Jones each added 11 points. Harrison’s Coby Leftkowitz had 11 points, and Brian Lauro had 10 rebounds.