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Jan. 14: Predictions for the #GOTW

Posted By Dan DeFrancesco On January 14, 2013 @ 12:30 pm In Boys Basketball,Predictions | Comments Disabled

Like I said in the #POTW, a baby being born hasn’t stopped us from giving the people what they want. As usual, Josh and I pick the winner and score of five of the upcoming week’s games.

As the new kid on the block, I have to admit I was pretty pleased with my picks up until last week. I was 11-6 heading into last week as opposed to my counterpart who was sub-500 (8-9).

In the only game we differed on, Eastchester toppled Pelham to give Josh the advantage. Our picks were not immune to the craziness that took over Section 1 last week as we both missed Clarkstown North beating Clarkstown South and Spring Valley upsetting North Rockland.

Josh ended the week a respectable 4-2 while I finished a mediocre 3-3. Although I still have the lead I’m always aware that the crafty vet could make a run for the title.

For the first time this season Josh and I had the exact same picks. As much as I would like to provide a little bit of diversity for you all, I had the exact same teams in mind when we decided what games to pick.

Like the picks? Hate the picks? Drop us a line on Twitter and let us know what you think. Also, send us some suggestions for next weeks #GOTW (Jan. 21-27). Tweet Josh (@LoHudInsider [1]) or me (@LoHud_DeFran [2]) and hashtag your games of the week #GOTW.

2012-13 Records —
Josh: 12-11
Dan: 14-9

Spring Valley at Clarkstown South, 5:30 p.m. —
Josh: Spring Valley, 65-55. A few days ago I would’ve considered this a toss-up, but the teams have since begun heading in different directions. Spring Valley must learn to maintain its high level of play to contend for the County Center in AA. Winning here would be a start. Its last big win (at Tappan Zee) was followed by a loss to Albertus.
Dan: Spring Valley, 60-53. It’s been a tough week for Clarkstown South, who entered last week looking like the clear cut #2 in the county and ended it on a serious downslide. Spring Valley is coming off the biggest win of their season, defeating unbeaten North Rockland, and is on a serious winning streak. I think the Tigers continue to roll.

Somers at Mahopac, 6 p.m. —
Josh: Mahopac, 58-55. Mahopac definitely has the more complete team, but John Decker and Somers gave the Indians trouble last season. I just don’t think the Tuskers are quite as good so the edge goes to Mahopac.
Dan: Mahopac, 57-50. I’ve said it all year, the development of the Indians’ big men will define how far they make it this year. Ryan Simone has put together some nice games recently to complement Brendan Hynes. Still, Somers has what I like to call “The John Decker Factor”, just ask Brewster [3].

Mount Vernon at New Rochelle, 4:15 p.m. —
Josh: Mount Vernon, 81-75. New Ro has been pretty inconsistent so far. I thought the Huguenots turned a corner at the Slam Dunk, but they probably need more time. Their competitiveness and their home court will give them a chance for the upset here, but Mount Vernon is deeper and should be able to match New Ro’s toughness.
Dan:Mount Vernon, 84-76. I got a chance to see the Knights play Friday and they did not disappoint. If there is any player in the section that can cover the physical specimen that is Joe Clarke it’s Mount Vernon junior Brandon Martin. New Rochelle’s dismantling of Middletown Saturday was impressive, but the Knights are just too good.

Iona Prep at Stepinac, 7 p.m. —
Josh: Stepinac, 68-58. Stepinac had a chance to control the game in the final minutes last time but missed the front end of three 1-and-1s, letting Iona hang closer perhaps than necessary. At home, I expect the Crusaders to play better, do a little better defensively against Matt Ryan and be in control by the final minutes.
Dan: Stepinac, 68-60. Both teams are coming off of ugly losses on Friday. I think the Crusaders bounce back quicker. Stepinac is still the #2 team in the area in my eyes.

Briarcliff vs. Byram Hills at Manhattan College, 12:30 p.m. —
Josh: Byram, 66-57. On the big open floor, I like Byram even more than I would in a high school gym. The Bobcats are skilled and well-coached. They execute about as well as any team I’ve seen this season and should have plenty of room to operate on a college floor.
Dan: Byram, 60-50. Both teams suffered their first loss of the season last week. I just have to give Byram the edge. One thing to look out for: Briarcliff plays Pleasantville, who will look to make up for the blowout they were handed at Pace earlier this season, on Friday.

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