Fox Lane 60, Brewster 48: At the Westchester Putnam Coaches vs. Cancer at Mahopac, Carlito Carvallo was the game MVP.
Panas 65, Carmel 59: Vaughn Dweck had 15 points and eight rebounds and was named game MVP. Tim McCauley and Lylle Ryals had 16 points each. Tyler Mason grabbed 12 rebounds. Dan Behnken had 29 points for the Rams.
Mahopac 83, Peekskill 57: At the Westchester Putnam Coaches vs. Cancer at Mahopac, Ryan Simone had 25 points and nine rebounds and was named the game’s MVP. Brendan Hynes added 23 points and five rebounds. Ramon Searight had 19 points and five rebounds for the Red Devils.
A huge second quarter proved to be the difference for the Indians as they outscored the Red Devils 20-7 before half.
What made the feat even more impressive was the fact that Mahopac did it without their star, Brendan Hynes, who got into foul trouble early in the first.
“We lost Brendan a couple of games ago, he go into foul trouble at Cross River, and I think the kids in that game really learned they can play without him,” said Mahopac Coach Kevin Downes. “It’s much better to play with him, but they can play without him and they had confidence, which I thought was there biggest thing.”
The Indians proved what they could do early with Hynes in the game, jumping out to a 23-10 lead to start.
A few timely 3s, coming from Ramon Searight and Jay Cabell (13 points) brought the Red Devils within one heading into the second quarter.
Peekskill also struggled with fouls early though, picking up 10, compared to Mahopac’s five, before the end of the first quarter.
Ryan and Michael Simone (nine points, three rebounds) along with John Delahanty and John Vitkus, each with nine points and five rebounds, would help the Indians take a 44-30 lead heading into halftime.
“We had a lot of help from the bench tonight,” said Ryan Simone. “We need team players and we need the team to play well. It can’t just always be Brendan.”
With Hynes return in the third, it was more of the same for the Indians, outscoring the Red Devils 26-17 in the quarter. Frustration began to set in for Peekskill as they racked up nine fouls in the third. Things didn’t improve when Searight, who had been the Red Devils biggest scoring threat tonight, fouled out of the game with seven seconds remaining in the quarter.
The growth of Mahopac’s front court was evident as they out-rebounded Peekskill 39-20 for the game.
“It’s huge,” Simone said of the Indians’ strength in the paint. “If our 3-point shots aren’t falling for us we just have to dominate inside.”
Downes felt his team had plenty of motivation heading into the game.
“I think our kids really took this game as a challenge,” Downes said. “We felt like we let one get away from us last year at Peekskill, and I think the kids really felt like they wanted to get some respect. I don’t think they felt as though Peekskill really respected them, and I think they wanted to come in and play hard and make up for what happened last year.