Somers senior John Decker needed 52 points tonight to reach 1,000 for his career and surpass Dobbs Ferry’s Eric Paschall for the Section 1 scoring lead. Honestly, it seemed like such a crazy total – even for someone who just scored 44 points against the same team last month – that I decided not to tweet it last night. No big deal, I figured. He’ll get it on Friday. If not then, maybe next week in the Class A quarterfinals.
By now, you probably know what happened, but it’s worth repeating: Decker erupted for 59 points, adding to the Senior Night festivities with 10 3-pointers as his team beat North Salem 85-68.
Decker went 17 for 20 from the line, including 12 for 12 in the fourth quarter. He dropped four 3’s during that 24-point final quarter as Somers avenged its loss at North Salem last month.
“Everything felt like a free throw. It just felt good,” Decker said. “Warming up, my legs were underneath me. The past few games I hadn’t felt like myself, but I played really well today.”
Decker moved past Paschall, the newly-minted “Mr. Basketball,” who finished the regular season with an average of 25.3 points per game. Decker’s 59 gave him 463 on the season in 18 games, good for a scoring average of 25.7. He now has 1,007 points in his three-year varsity career.
Somers finished the regular season 13-5 in the first season under Chris DiCintio, the former Rye coach. It is the most victories for the program since 1992.
Decker hasn’t decided where he’ll play college ball yet, but he’s weighing interest from a handful of Division II schools. Pace appears to be the frontrunner.
UPDATED, 8:37 p.m.: According to both state and Journal News archives, Decker came just four points shy of tying the Section 1 all-time single-game scoring record. The mark is shared by Westlake’s Bill Schwarzkopf and Pearl River’s Jess Cohen, who both scored 63.
Salesian’s Greg Meyer holds the Westchester County scoring record of 68 points.
No Section 1 player has scored 60 or more points since Cohen did it in the 1987-88 season.
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I’ll be back later with the official Section 1 tournament seedings and matchups.
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Somers 85, North Salem 68: At Somers, John Decker scored a career-best 59 points, including the 1,000th of his career. The senior entered the game needing 52 points for 1,000 and reached the milestone during a 24-point fourth quarter.
Decker hit 10 3-pointers on the night and went 17 for 20 from the foul line, including 12 for 12 in the fourth quarter. His previous career best came last month when he scored 44 points in a loss at North Salem.
North Salem’s Umar Singh, who is also a 1,000-point scorer, had 37 points against Somers for the second straight game. Teammate Joey Tunas, who had 34 in the teams’ last meeting, finished with 16.
Keio 44, Hamilton 35: At Keio, Fumiaki Kobayashi scored 18 points. Haruyoshi Karube had seven points and four assists. Albert Franco scored 12 points for the Red Raiders.
Mamaroneck 64, Ossining 57: At Mamaroneck, Ryan Orgielewicz scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers. Noah Morton scored 18 points for the Pride.
Mount Vernon 74, Mount Vernon 61: At Mount Vernon, Traquann Scales and Yhanni Bartley each scored 13 points. Josh Doughty and Brandon Martin each added 11 points. Mike DeMello scored 24 points for the Tigers.
Irvington 59, Bronxville 53, OT: At Bronxville, Dylan Murray scored 25 points. Jon Goldreich scored 15 points for the Broncos.
Nyack 60, Pearl River 52: At Nyack, Terrence McNair had 15 points and Jahnai Henry had 12. Dashawn Rodriguez had 11 points and Jamar Joseph had 10. Kevin Degnan had 22 points and Jack Byrnes had 14 for the Pirates. Tom Davis had 12.
Briarcliff 68, Westlake 56: At Briarcliff, Jared Jones scored 25 points. Ryan Huegel had 10 assists. Richie Maio scored 19 points for the Wildcats.
Palisade Prep 61, Biondi 57: At Biondi, with its 13th win Palisade Prep won a share of the league 2A title. Kevin Sabino-Pena had 17 points and Fred Truss Jr. had 16. Isaiah Ward had 12 points. Johnnie Gray had 22 points and Ronald Garcia had 21 for the Lions.
Albertus Magnus 58, Nanuet 50: At Albertus Magnus, Brian McFadden scored 15 points. Jack Sullivan added 14 points. Tom McConnell (11 points) and Owen Lorenz (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Falcons.
Hen Hud 70, Croton-Harmon 60: At Hen Hud, Hunter Glashoff had 26 points. Kyle Monk had 19 while Carson Cole had 15. Ian Thom had 25 points for the Tigers. Jason Howald had 13 while Ben Goldberg had 10.