Here’s a recap of Croton’s clutch performance late to beat North Salem in today’s challenge game at the Slam Dunk:
Again, the margin between victory and defeat was razor-thin, but when it counted most, Croton-Harmon made every key play to close out a 61-56 victory over North Salem Friday’s Slam Dunk challenge game at the County Center.
Senior Ian Thom (pictured left, in white) scored his team’s last five points to break a 56-56 tie, including a bank shot with 50 seconds remaining to give the Tigers the lead for good. Teammate Peter Dinger’s layup tied the game on the previous possession.
“He put the team on his back today,” Croton coach Bill Thom said of his son. “Coach (Henry) Sassone is the master of the junk defenses. He played man (defense) the whole game, but there were so many wrinkles he showed out of it the whole game, so it was a good game for (Ian).”
Thom finished with 33 points on 9-of-17 shooting and was particularly sharp at the line, hitting 13 of 17. He was named MVP of the challenge game for the second straight year.
“It’s definitely meaningful,” he said. “This is one of the biggest arenas in Westchester. Every player wants to come here and do something special.”
North Salem’s Umar Singh finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Joe Tunas added eight points and seven rebounds for the Tigers.