It’s playoff time and this time of the season you must be quick on your feet. To that end, our “Games of the Week” feature will now transform into — what else? — the “Games of the Day.”
Dan and I will pick each and every game from the Section 1 tournament, beginning with today’s outbracket games in Classes AA, A and B. As fate would have it, fresh off a 5-0 week, I enter the playoffs on a hot streak after a pretty dreadful season of predictions. Dan, like he always does, held strong at 4-1. He still maintains a two-game cushion overall.
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Now, here’s a quick look at each of today’s games:
Class AA outbracket round
No. 19 Yorktown at No. 14 White Plains, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh: White Plains, 57-42. Yorktown was one of the Tigers only wins before MLK Day. Now that they’ve improved so dramatically, a Yorktown win would seem like a major upset.
Dan: White Plains, 56-45. Mike DeMello and company are just too much for Yorktown as the Tigers have picked things up to close out the season.
No. 17 Horace Greeley at No. 16 Kennedy, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh: Greeley, 61-55. Kennedy is young and thin up front. This seems like a perfect matchup for Greeley big man Harrison Brown.
Dan: Horace Greeely, 47-44. The Quakers in a quasi upset. (Does a 17 over a 16 even count as one?)
No. 18 Suffern at No. 15 Ketcham, 5 p.m. —
Josh: Suffern, 42-38. I disagree with Dan here. When it doubt, take the Rockland school.
Dan: Ketcham, 47-40. While Rockland team’s schedules are not joke, the Dutchess teams haven’t been a cakewalk either. The Indians had to face Lourdes, Arlington and Poughkeepsie twice.
No. 20 Lincoln at No. 13 Carmel, 5 p.m. —
Josh: Carmel, 62-44. The Rams are better than their record indicates. They should breeze.
Dan: Carmel, 54-43. The Rams haven’t had the strongest year but I think they make it through the next round.
Class A outbracket round
No. 20 Hen Hud at No. 13 Panas, 4:15 p.m. —
Josh: Panas, 66-50. Panas might be the best team playing on Wednesday.
Dan: Panas, 57-45. Early season losses caused the Panthers to be seeded low. It’ll be a long road to the County Center, which starts with a win over Hen Hud.
No. 22 John Jay at No. 11 Riverside, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh: Riverside, 58-50. Riverside’s athleticism along the baseline is too much.
Dan: Riverside, 55-46. Riverside has strung together a few wins of late. They get it done.
No. 19 Nanuet at No. 14 Harrison, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh: Nanuet, 51-50. This could be the game of the day. It’s a coin flip, but, like I said, when it doubt…
Dan: Harrison, 45-40. The Huskies gave Byram Hills quite the scare to close out the season. Look out for this squad.
No. 17 Beacon at No. 16 Saunders, 4:45 p.m. —
Josh: Beacon, 66-60. Beacon has played better of late, most recently taking Lourdes to OT. Saunders will need to start strong and take advantage of an opponent weary from a long bus ride.
Dan: Saunders, 45-40. Saunders strong out-of-conference schedule was all built around the idea that it would prepare them for sectionals. I think it pays off.
No. 21 Roosevelt at No. 12 Pearl River, 5 p.m. —
Josh: Pearl River, 67-58. Roosevelt has come on strong in the last month, but I can’t see the Indians winning at Pearl River.
Dan: Pearl River, 60-48. Kevin Degnan carries the Pirates to a win.
No. 18 Sleepy Hollow at No. 15 Rye, 6:45 p.m. —
Josh: Rye, 45-41. Max Twyman needs 15 for 1,000. Against low-scoring Sleepy, he may have to wait, but Rye is better and should advance.
Dan: Rye, 50-42. The Garnets didn’t exactly close out the season on a high note. Still, I’ll give them the nod to move ahead.
Class B outbracket round
No. 17 Ardsley at No. 16 Irvington, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh: Irvington, 44-40. One of the main reasons Ardsley qualified for the playoffs was a 36-33 win over its rival on Jan. 17. Irvington can exact revenge at home.
Dan: Irvington, 40-36. I got a chance to see the Bulldogs home crowd in their season-opener. They bring it.