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Boys basketball: 2012-13 Section 1 Midseason All-Stars

Posted By Josh Thomson On January 23, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Boys Basketball | Comments Disabled

With midterm week having slowed the local schedule to a halt, we decided to use the time and ample space on the blog in productive fashion. The result are our midseason Section 1 all-star teams and award winners, including our midseason MVPs, coaches of the year and most improved players.

Dan and I each picked separate teams. As you’ll see, we arrived at some of the same conclusions, but there are plenty of differences as well.

[1]JOSH’S SECTION 1 MIDSEASON ALL-STARS

First team Doughty, Clarke, Martin and Paschall might be the four best players in the section so far, but Sullivan is right there with them in the MVP race after his incredible start. Albertus has a young team and Rockland County offers few easy nights. The fact that Sullivan has led his team to an 11-2 start is remarkable.

G: Josh Doughty, Mount Vernon (pictured left)
G: Jack Sullivan, Albertus Magnus
G/F: Eric Paschall, Dobbs Ferry
F: Joe Clarke, New Rochelle
F: Brandon Martin, Mount Vernon

Second team All five of these players can light it up. They’re also in the running for top-five spots depending on how the season progresses. Degnan and Daly are terrific talents as juniors, but the key for Decker, Hynes and Daniels is productivity. Those three fill up the box score every single night.

G: Jack Daly, Eastchester
G: John Decker, Somers
G: Brendan Hynes, Mahopac
F: Brian Daniels, Briarcliff
F: Kevin Degnan, Pearl River

Third team Byram’s top three players are very tough to juggle. On any given night, Lynch, Golden and Groll can trigger a Bobcats victory, but their struggles vs. Port Chester underscore just how important Lynch remains to the team. (He sat out the game.) Thom’s team isn’t as strong, but he’s asked to do about as much as any player. Dancy is the leader on a deep Poughkeepsie team that would have about six or seven guys if this list was extended to 50.

G: Jeff Lynch, Byram Hills
G: Ian Thom, Croton-Harmon
G: Jermar Dancy, Poughkeepsie
F: Kai Mitchell, Spring Valley
F: Elijah Tillman, North Rockland

Fourth team Hewitt and Singh are two of the more underrated big men in the section. Both are double-double machines. Lewis remains inconsistent for Mount Vernon, but I believe he’d be known as one of the area’s top guards if given more opportunities with the ball.

G: Jamal Lewis, Mount Vernon
G/F: Ryan Golden, Byram Hills
F: Andrew Groll, Byram Hills
F: Jack Hewitt, Scarsdale
F: Umar Singh, North Salem

Most Valuable Player: Josh Doughty, Mount Vernon. Close call. In fact, there is no clear-cut winner on Mount Vernon, let alone in Section 1. I think someone will still emerge. It could be Doughty or his teammates Brandon Martin. Or it could be someone else. Right now, I’ll take Doughty because he’s been the most consistent performer on the section’s best team. The Knights can’t win without his ball handling alleviating the pressure and his speed and quickness fronting their various presses. Despite Martin’s production, Doughty’s still the one who makes the team go. [2]

Most Improved Player: Elijah Tillman, North Rockland. As I have noted throughout the season, the 6-foot-6 senior has evolved from someone anchored down near the water cooler to a star on one of the section’s top teams. He dropped 50 pounds and has showcased the skills of a poor man’s Elton Brand. With his broad shoulders, long arms, soft hands and nimble feet, Tillman is one of the area’s top big men and a future college player. Last season he didn’t even play.

Coach of the Year: Pat McFadden, Albertus Magnus. I had two choices: McFadden (pictured right) and Jon Feld of Scarsdale. Both have accomplished something very different. Feld’s team has far exceeded last year’s win total. McFadden has improbably sustained it, but done so against very long odds. With three two-year starters and much of his bench gone, the Albertus coach has rebuilt his team into a County Center contender. That is despite it losing two of Rockland’s top players in Tyler Sayre and Pat McGuinness from a two-time defending sectional champion and the section pushing it from Class B to A. Right now, I think the Falcons have a shot at the final four. They’ve lost just once since their opener.

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[3]DAN’S SECTION 1 MIDSEASON ALL-STARS

First team With the exception of Paschall, these are the best players on arguably the top three teams in the section. After a slow start, Paschall has really started to turn it on as of late. He also means more to his team than any other player in the section.

G: Josh Doughty, Mount Vernon
G/F: Brendan Hynes, Mahopac
G/F: Eric Paschall, Dobbs Ferry
F: Brandon Martin, Mount Vernon (pictured right)
F: Elijah Tillman, North Rockland

Second team This second group falls under the same category as the top five with the difference being the caliber of teams they play on. Sullivan, Decker and Daly are their squads’ top scoring threats. Golden has a little bit more help, but is the leader of a stronger team. Had the Huguenots posted a better record, Clarke probably would have made my first team.

G: Jack Daly, Eastchester
G: John Decker, Somers
G: Jack Sullivan, Albertus Magnus
G/F: Ryan Golden, Byram Hills
F: Joe Clarke, New Rochelle

Third team While Lewis isn’t in the same class as Doughty and Martin he is still is a strong player who has the potential to go off during any game, i.e. New Rochelle. Mitchell has been the standout of a strong Spring Valley team. Daniels has opened things up for his teammates, as opponents have had to cater their defense to his inside presence. Degnan has done it all for an up and down Pirates team.

G: Jermar Dancy, Poughkeepsie
G: Jamal Lewis, Mount Vernon
F: Brian Daniels, Briarcliff
F: Kevin Degnan, Pearl River
F: Kai Mitchell, Spring Valley

[4]Fourth team Despite being only a sophomore, Groll has been a difference maker for the Bobcats in the paint. Thom, Singh and Twyman have all consistently put up big numbers. Parker is arguably the strongest player in Yonkers.

G: Ian Thom, Croton-Harmon
G: Ian Parker, Riverside
G/F: Max Twyman, Rye
F: Andrew Groll, Byram Hills
F: Umar Singh, North Salem

Most Valuable Player: Brandon Martin, Mount Vernon. Martin has been a monster in the paint for Mount Vernon. I really believe the Knights could still be undefeated had he not been suspended for the Bishop Loughlin game. That’s how much of a difference the 6-foot-3 forward makes. You would be hard pressed to find someone in the section that has his combination of size, speed and skill.

Most Improved Player: Elijah Tillman, North Rockland. If you claim you saw this coming, you’re lying. Tillman has come out of nowhere to emerge as one of the best big men in the section. I think Tillman’s transition from virtual unknown to one of the top players in the section counts as at least a slight improvement.

Coach of the Year: Jon Feld, Scarsdale. Feld (pictured right) has already almost doubled his team’s win total from last year (6-12). The Raiders weren’t simply a one-trick pony with their upset over New Rochelle. Expect them to make some noise this year in the playoffs.


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