I’m headed down to St. Ray’s this afternoon for the CHSAA AA Archdiocesan quarterfinals, a tripleheader scheduled to begin at 1.
You can find LIVE updates from the games in the usual spot, @LoHudInsider. Both Iona Prep and Stepinac are favorites to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals.
Check back throughout the afternoon for scores, recaps and a look at the upcoming schedule.
Sunday’s games –
CHSAA AA Archdiocesan tournament
At St. Raymond, Bronx:
Iona Prep 54, Fordham Prep 43
Cardinal Hayes 75, Moore Catholic 47
St. Peter’s 74, Stepinac 73 (OT)
St. Ray’s 74, Mount St. Michael 48
Iona Prep 54, Fordham Prep 43: In a CHSAA AA Archdiocesan quarterfinal at St. Raymond, Brandon Williams scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first half. His play kept the fourth-seeded Gaels (13-12), who struggled early on, within two points at the half. Williams, the team’s only senior starter, then hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Iona Prep steadily pull away from Fordham (11-14).
Isiah Ice added 10 points, including 4 for 4 from the foul line after Fordham had sliced a double-digit lead to 47-40 with under three minutes remaining. Tom Capuano added seven points, although six came as Iona outscored the Rams 17-10 in the third quarter to grab the lead for good. Leading scorer Matt Ryan was limited to just five points, but it didn’t prevent the Gaels from winning their first playoff game in the “AA” division.
Iona Prep will face No. 1 Cardinal Hayes Tuesday night at 7:30 in the semifnals at Mount St. Michael.
Hartsdale resident Connor Murphy had nine points to lead Fordham, which was held to just 17 points in the second half. New Rochelle resident Karo Adjekughele scored six in the first quarter to help Fordham take the lead into the second quarter but was held scoreless in the last three quarter.
The Rams split with Iona Prep during the regular season, but they lost the regular season finale at Iona on Thursday and had to play them again less than 72 hours later. Fordham will next play an opponent to be determined to open the intersectional tournament. The Rams will either play in Sunday’s opening round or receive a bye into Wednesday’s second round.
St. Peter’s 74, Stepinac 73 (OT): In a CHSAA AA Archdiocesan quarterfinal at St. Raymond, Stepinac senior Josh James had his layup attempt blocked by St. Peter’s Jack Shanahan just before time expired. St. Peter’s senior Ryan Kennedy scored the winning basket when he got behind the defense on a fullcourt, baseball-style inbound pass from Eric Strommen with five seconds remaining.
The block and Kennedy’s winning basket capped a wild overtime period that saw 10 lead changes and two ties. James, who sat for nearly four minutes in the fourth quarter with cramps, gave No. 2 Stepinac the lead on a basket with 1:21 to play in overtime. Shanahan answered with a go-ahead 3-pointer 14 seconds later, giving No. 7 St. Peter’s a 70-69 lead with 1:07 to play.
James gave the Crusaders the lead again with 34 seconds to go. Latrell Curtis – St. Peter’s top player, who had been held without a basket to that point – put his team back ahead 72-71 with 18 seconds remaining. Stepinac quickly raced downcourt and went back ahead 73-72 on a layup by junior Naim Thomas with 7.8 remaining. Coming out of the subsequently, Stepinac was confused defensively and was beat over the top for the winning layup. The Crusaders then called timeout and James Decker threw a long pass to James just into the frontcourt, right next to the Stepinac bench. He drove to the basket but had his winning shot attempt blocked out of bounds. The officals met and decided the clock had expired.
James and Thomas each scored 19 to lead Stepinac, which won 64-53 at St. Peter’s on Dec. 11. Junior Walter King added 13, including six straight during overtime. Decker finished with four points, eight rebounds and three steals. With James on the bench with a leg cramp, Decker hit his only basket, a 3-pointer, with 2:26 left in regulation to tie the game 57-57. King tied it again, 59-59, on a drive with 1:08 to play. After a Decker steal, King gave the Crusaders a 60-59 lead when he hit a free throw, but Glenn Sanabria hit a tough bank shot with 13 seconds left.
After a timeout, Stepinac cleared out for James, who had returned in the final minute of regulation. He was fouled on a drive to the hoop with 2.8 to play. He hit the first to tie it, but missed the second shot after a timeout.
Sanabria led five St. Peter’s players in double figures with 18 and was joined by 6-foot-8 Izais Hicks (14), Shanahan (13), Kennedy (12), and Khalil Shorter (10).
Stepinac will automatically be seeded fifth out of its division for the CHSAA intersectional playoffs, which begin Sunday. The Crusaders likely won’t play again until Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the earliest.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
At Mount St. Michael:
No. 3 St. Ray’s vs. No. 7 St. Peter’s, 6 p.m.
No. 1 Cardinal Hayes vs. No. 4 Iona Prep, 7:30 p.m.