Albertus Magnus had won 10 straight and had Tappan Zee on lockdown to start this afternoon’s rematch. That’s when Kyle Peterson came off the bench and channelled his brother Pat. Then he did it again…and again…and again…
Well, you get the point. The younger Peterson caught fire from deep, hitting seven 3-pointers in Tappan Zee’s 54-47 victory over Albertus, a game that ended the Falcons’ 10-game winning streak.
Peterson hit three 3’s in the first half, sparking a team that shot a woeful 1 for 14 in the first quarter. Eric Casey (13 points, 8 rebounds) gave Tappan Zee its first lead 23-21 just before halftime.
Peterson stayed hot in the second half, hitting a pair of 3s in both the third and fourth quarter, each seemingly longer than the next. He finished 7 for 9 from deep and came within one of his brother’s personal best of eight 3-pointers. (Pat, the program’s all-time leading scorer, now helps out as an assistant coach and was on the bench.)
“I’m always having flashbacks of Pat,” said Kyle Peterson, who, ironically, went 0 for 9 in his team’s loss at Albertus last month. “That was awesome.”
Peterson had his best varsity game after a slow start to his first full season. He torn his ACL playing lacrosse last spring and wasn’t 100 percent physically when basketball began in November.
“It was tough getting back, but I just wanted to be on this team playing,” Peterson said.
“Kyle was the best JV player in the county last year,” senior Joe Letizia said. “I saw him drop 30 on teams. We saw a glimpse of that today. I know he’s capable of it every game.”
Letizia dropped a couple 3-pointers of his own — just in time. He had been the biggest culprit early, shooting just 1 for 13 to start the game. Despite strong defense against Jack Sullivan, who had 18 points but shot 6 for 22, Letizia watched as Sullivan hit three free throws to put Albertus ahead 44-42 with 3:30 to play. But Letizia answered with two straight 3-pointers to give the Dutchmen the lead for good.
“That’s the game of basketball,” said Letizia, who had nine points, five rebounds and five assists. “You have to keep your confident, keep your head. I wasn’t making anything in the first quarter. I kept shooting and made some big 3s.”
The win lifted Tappan Zee to 11-5 and kept it alive in the race for the league title. The Dutchmen would have to beat Nyack Wednesday and have Albertus lose at least one of its last three.
“I think a lot of people were throwing dirt on us early,” Tappan Zee coach George Gaine said. “Truthfully, I don’t blame them. We weren’t right. I’m not saying we’ll be right next week, but tonight we were right. Hopefully, some of that dirt’s rubbed off.”
Brian McFadden had nine points for the Falcons. Tommy McConnell had seven points and 14 rebounds and Matt Dale had seven points and 13 rebounds before fouling out.
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Mount Vernon also hosted the final three games of its Coaches vs. Cancer showcase. In addition to the two results below, Eastchester beat Bronxville 50-41. Eastchester star Jack Daly sat the second half with an ankle injury and his status for Monday’s game at Scarsdale is uncertain.
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Cardinal Spellman 49, Sleepy Hollow 28: In the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Mount Vernon, Nick Arduino scored 10 points.
Valhalla 39, Saunders 36: In the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase at Mount Vernon, Mike Linnane converted a three-point play with 2.3 seconds left to seal the win. Terrance Tribble scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds. Anthony Holowiak led Saunders with 10 points.
Kennedy 55, Yorktown 40: At Kennedy, Sean Delaney had 14 points and eight rebounds. Dima Monaghan had 14 points and nine rebounds. Danny Cruz had 13 points. Anthony Coutsouros had 10 points for the Huskers.
Masters 73, Hamden Hall 57: At Hamden Hall, Mike Jurzinsky had 37 points and 14 rebounds. Tim Reitzenstein added 10 points.
Chaminade 54, Sacred Heart 42: At Chaminade, Arjon Bequiri had 24 points and John Gause had 13.
North Salem 60, John Jay 48: At North Salem, Umar Singh had 20 points and 19 rebounds. Joey Tunas had 16 points and Thomas Bond added 12. Jack Weiller, Jack Paccione and Nick Kiger each had nine points for the Indians.
Valhalla 47, Blind Brook 45: At Blind Brook Friday, Terrance Tribble had 14 points. Tyler Wills had 12 and Mark Kinnally added 11. Sam Adler had 14 points for the Trojans. Jeff Visoky added 12.
Green Tech Charter 102, Peekskill 85: At Green Tech Charter in Albany, Chavis Pigott had 22 points and eight assists for Peekskill. Ramon Seawright also scored 22 points. The Red Devils allowed 55 free-throw attempts and finished the game with four players on the court.
Panas 72, Lakeland 43: At Lakeland, Lylle Ryals scored 15 points. Tim McCauley added 14. Chris Conklin had 10 points for the Hornets.