Each week, Dan and I will give our predictions for the five games of the week. Last week, we focused entirely on the Slam Dunk, giving you seven games of ultimately mediocre picks.
So far, Dan hasn’t been much of a novice. He holds a two-game lead already, gaining more ground on my in our season-long competition. Here’s my chance to do better.
2012-13 Records —
Scarsdale at Mamaroneck, 4:15 p.m. —
Josh: Mamaroneck, 48-43. Both are off to strong starts, but the league schedule will show whether or not they are for real. It starts here. Expect a physical battle with the score in the 40s or 50s. I believe a little more in the Tigers’ start.
Dan: Mamaroneck, 60-52. I got a chance to see Mamaroneck in the Harry Jefferson showcase earlier this season when they defeated Saunders. I liked what I saw. The Tigers have a good mix of size and speed, and have experience against tough competition due to their grueling league schedule.
New Rochelle at White Plains, 4:15 p.m. —
Josh: New Rochelle, 55-43. New Ro loves to run on defensive rebounds, but White Plains won’t let the Huguenots beat them down floor. Problem is, the Tigers will have to withstand the pressure and put the ball in the basket. That’s the rub. Even if it plays stingy D, I don’t think White Plains can score enough to win.
Dan: New Rochelle, 70-50. I got burned when I picked the Tigers last week to win their bracket in the Slam Dunk tournament. White Plains needs to give Mike DeMello more help if they have any chance of turning this season around. On the other hand, I was impressed with what I saw out of New Rochelle. After a slow start the Huguenots really seem to be clicking.
North Rockland at Clarkstown South, 5:30 p.m. —
Josh: North Rockland, 63-56. As I wrote in Tuesday’s rankings, South has been on a ever-so-slight downward trend. However, I expect the Vikings’ best after a week to improve and get geared up to play a rival. I just think North Rockland will have an advantage inside and it will help decide a close game.
Dan: North Rockland, 65-50. It’s the Battle for Rockland. I don’t see South giving the Red Raiders much of a scare to be quite honest. North Rockland will prove their dominance on that side of the river.
Tappan Zee at Albertus Magnus, 7 p.m. —
Josh: Tappan Zee, 55-52. Man, this is tough. Albertus is hot, having won six straight. And, yes, TZ has been up and down. But the Dutchmen have been in control of this rivalry in recent years, sweeping the Falcons in both of their championship seasons. I say that continues. TZ is hungry for a win right now.
Dan: Albertus Magnus, 55-50. Albertus is rolling right now. The Falcons won their Christmas tournament last week moving them to 6-1. Tappan Zee is too inconsistent for me to trust.
Byram Hills at Fox Lane, 7 p.m. —
Josh: Byram Hills, 66-57. Fox Lane shot the ball brilliantly in the first meeting. If those shots don’t fall again — and I’m not sure they can, at least at that rate — Byram should have a larger margin of victory. It has better balance and should be rested and ready to start the second half.
Dan: Byram Hills, 60-53. Byram Hills’ Andrew Groll continues to make big strides this year. Neither team has played a particularly difficult schedule thus far. The Bobcats beat the Foxes the first time around and should see the same result in game number two.