OK, we’re less than two hours away from the beginning of Championship Week at the County Center. Our staff has a great plan to provide you the best coverage for the paper, the website and on social media for every game.
All week, we’ll have a minimum of two reporters and a photographer covering each game. One person will be assigned to host a CoverItLive chat identical to what we used for the two recent live chats. (Here’s an example.)
It’s a much quicker way to post updates compared to Twitter, which is great but also has its limitations. Instead of… “Tuckahoe leads Haldane 16-8 with 1:42 left in the first quarter” every few minutes, you’ll get a complete blow-by-blow of what’s happening as it happens. (Don’t worry, mobile users: We’ll still post on Twitter, too, @LoHudInsider.)
The action and the coverage starts at 4:30 today when Championship Week begins with the Class C semifinals. This will be the blog post that includes final scores, postgame recaps and upcoming matchups.
We’ll have a new post with a live chat for each game. Please take part in the conversation and, as always, enjoy the games!
Monday’s games —
Section 1 tournament
Class C semifinals
At the County Center:
Children’s Village 46, Keio 35
Tuckahoe 70, Haldane 44
GAME RECAPS —
Children’s Village 46, Keio 35 (OT): In the Class C semifinals at the County Center, No. 2 Children’s Village advanced to Saturday’s Class C championship game with a wild overtime victory over No. 6 Keio to kick off Championship Week at the County Center.
Junior forward Roger Owens (14 points, 11 rebounds) helped decide the outcome with eight points in overtime as the Hawks outscored Keio 13-2. Earlier, Owens scored off a miss by teammate Kareem Padgett with six seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Keio had led throughout until the Hawks went on a 9-0 run to open the fourth quarter. But with his team down 31-24 and under 90 seconds to play, Keio’s Fumaiki Kobayashi hit three consecutive 3-pointers to give his team a 33-31 lead with 20 seconds to play.
Children’s Village will play No. 1 Tuckahoe Saturday at 2 p.m.
Tuckahoe 70, Haldane 44: In the Class C semifinals at the County Center, defending champion and top-seeded Tuckahoe broke open a close game with a 25-point fourth quarter to defeat No. 4 Haldane.
Senior Sky Williams scored 14 of his game-high 25 points during the fourth quarter, when the Tigers (20-0) outscored Haldane 25-7. He also added seven rebounds and four assists. Teammate Justin Nolan had 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks.
The Blue Devils (9-11) had cut the deficit to 42-37 on a basket by Will Hoffman (18 points, 7 rebounds) before Tuckahoe’s Justin Nolan hit a 3-pointer to beat the third quarter buzzer. Hoffman and fellow senior starters Henry Heintzman and Elias Lopez all fouled out of the game.
Haldane held the high-scoring Tigers to just 12 points in the first quarter, but Shyheim Nixon caught fire. He scored 11 points in the first half, nine of them on three 3’s. He guided the Tigers to a 33-20 lead and finished the night with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Tuckahoe advanced to meet Children’s Village on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the championship game. The Tigers beat the second-seeded Hawks 84-48 on Jan. 31.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE —
Saturday, March 3
Class C championship
At the County Center:
No. 1 Tuckahoe vs. No. 2 Children’s Village, 2 p.m.