Weather has already forced the postponement of most of Friday’s games and some on Saturday. A few games scheduled for the weekend were moved up to tonight, packing the schedule.
Not surprisingly, a lot happened. Tyler Fernandez, a Rye Country Day player and Mount Vernon resident, accomplished two very rare achievements at once. He scored his 1,000th point as a junior AND he reached the milestone despite basketball not being his primary sport. Fernandez, who intends to pitch in college, netted No. 1,000 tonight at Brunswick during a 26-point game. He had no idea that he was closing in on the number. In fact, his father, Tyler Sr., who used to coach with Drew Watson at Hamilton, wanted to surprise his son. Boy, did it work.
In other news, Spring Valley clinched the League 4-A title tonight with an impressive win over Clarkstown North. Ironically, North is the very team that opened the door for the Tigers when it beat North Rockland 24 hours ago.
Putnam Valley also posted an impressive win over Bronxville the night after it clinched a league title. You also had Panas and Peekskill winning to clinch a share of their league title with one another.
The best finish belonged to Croton, which was able to hold off a hungry Westlake team in OT. The Wildcats still haven’t qualified for the Class B playoffs, but Ian Thom really hurt their chances with his buzzer beater tonight.
Rye Country Day 57, Brunswick 53: At Brunswick, Tyler Fernandez surpassed the 1,000-point mark midway through the second half and finished the game with 1,006 points. “Going into to the game I had no idea that I was that close,” Fernandez said. “I was surprised when I found out.”
“Not a lot people can get to this point and it’s exciting to be here,” said Fernandez, a junior guard. “I’m just glad that we got the win tonight.”
Vincent Conn hit a huge three with 50 seconds left to stretch the lead to four. Fernandez finished the game with 26 points, including draining two clutch free throws with four seconds left to seal the game. Salim Green had 13.
Spring Valley 80, Clarkstown North 46: At Clarkstown North, Rickey McGill had 20 points while Kai Mitchell had 16. The Tigers clinched the league title. Jason Woodbine added 10. Zac Jarrett had 16 points for the Rams. Brendon Hendrickson had 12 and Vincent Lleshaj had 10.
Putnam Valley 56, Bronxville 34: At Putnam Valley, which clinched its league title Wednesday night, Ryan Basso scored 20 points. Matt Tormey scored 11 points for the Broncos.
Rye Neck 49, Keio 30: At Keio, Chris Pennell scored 12 points. Michael DeCicco added 11 points. Shisei Suzuki had 11 points for the Unicorns. Haruyoshi Karube added 10 points.
Eastchester 52, Ardsley 37: At Ardsley, Jack Daly had 16 points. Mike Milo had 12 points. Benny Dimirco had 11 points. Gabe Kardish had 12 points for Ardsley.
Yonkers 53, Lincoln 44: At Yonkers, Felix Gyabach scored 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Vincent DiPalo and Alex Casiana each added 10 points. Carlos Bobodilla scored 14 points for the Lancers.
Fox Lane 56, Port Chester 45: At Fox Lane, James Morales scored 15 points for the Foxes. Carlito Carvalho added 14 points. Kayson Calhoun scored 20 points for the Panthers.
Croton-Harmon 56, Westlake 54, OT: At Westlake, Ian Thom hit a floater over two defenders as the buzzer sounded in overtime. Thom finished with 25 points and six assists. Ben Goldberg had 13 points. Peter Miller had eight rebounds. Tommy Hopkins had 19 points for Westlake.
Children’s Village 75, Solomon Schechter 64: At Children’s Village, Andre Jones had 24 points and hit six 3-pointers. Jones also had 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Kareem Padgett had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Roger Owens had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Jake Diamond had 30 points and Noah Goldberg had 22 points for the Lions.
Martin Luther King Jr. 67, Yonkers Montessori 47: At Yonkers Montessori, Rajien Griffin had 18 points and 10 assists. Jermaine Shaw had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Peter Hargrove had 13 points. Josh Patton had 10 points.
North Rockland 62, Ramapo 51: At Ramapo, Omar Idolor and Alex Ramirez each had 17 points. Roger Harris had 11. Frank Wilson-Woods had 20 points for the Gryphons.
Peekskill 94, Yorktown 78: At Peekskill, Musheed Muhammad had 24 points while Chavis Pigott had 19 for the Red Devils, who clinched a share of the league title with Panas. Dan Casey had 18 and Jay Cabell had 14. Stephan DiMaria had 20 points for the Huskers. Luis Cartagena had 17 and Nick DeGennaro had 11.
Panas 67, Kennedy 56: At Panas, Lylle Ryals and Vaughn Dweck each had 14 points as the Panthers clinched a share of the league title with Peekskill. Tim McCauley had 11. Dominick Cristiano had 16 points for the Gaels. Dima Monaghan had 15 while Danny Cruz had 10.
Hen Hud 58, Haldane 56: At Haldane, Hunter Glashoff scored 24 points. Kyle Monk and Carson Cole each added 13 points. Matt Forlow scored 20 points for the Blue Devils. Peter Hoffmann added 17 points.
Woodlands 71, Harrison 58: At Woodlands, Brandon Johnson had 14 points. D’Andre Tilford and Najee Khan each had 11. Coby Lefkowitz had 14 points for the Huskies while Timmy Broderick had 12.