Thanks to a very good pick of North Salem over Briarcliff, Dan surged three games ahead, including one in this year’s playoff picks. We both guessed wrong on Peekskill, which we both picked to lose to Albertus.
Let’s see what today has in store. The favorites have ruled so far. Will that continue, or will a Cinderella put on that glass slipper?
Class AA quarterfinals
No. 9 New Rochelle at No. 1 Spring Valley, 6 p.m. —
Josh: Spring Valley, 74-69. This could easily be a situation of men vs. boys, with New Rochelle’s rugged seniors overwhelming Spring Valley’s crop of underclassmen. But the most underrated element of the Tigers’ success is their unusual maturity for such a young team. Willie Worsley demands success. I expect his team to deliver. Pressure, pressure, pressure.
Dan: New Rochelle, 66-63. I think the Huguenots saved their best for last. If anyone recognizes how important peaking at the right time is it’s New Rochelle. Khalil Edney comes up big to help take the load off Joe Clarke.
No. 5 Mahopac at No. 4 Arlington, 6 p.m. —
Josh: Mahopac, 62-55. The Indians don’t know what they’ll get from Dan Tully, who sat out Friday’s win with an injury. That will weaken their backcourt in what is already Arlington’s main strength. But don’t expect Mahopac to squander two double-digit leads like it did in the regular season opener. Ryan Simone and John Vitkus are far different players. Mahopac has improved so much.
Dan: Mahopac, 67-65. Mahopac’s first loss of the season came to Arlington in a game they don’t believe they played their best basketball. The Admirals fell to Mahopac in this same round last season in double overtime. To say both teams want this win bad is a bit of an understatement. I just have to give the edge to the Indians. The seniors on this team are very familiar with the path to the County Center and plan on making one more before they graduate.
No. 6 Fox Lane at No. 3 Mount Vernon, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh: Mount Vernon, 77-52. Fox Lane is taking a dip in the deep end this afternoon. The two biggest problems will be handling Mount Vernon’s speed and depth. Even if the Foxes’ top weapons play well, they’ll need some oxygen when the Knights dip into their bench for a fresh group.
Dan: Mount Vernon, 80-65. This Mount Vernon team continues to get better. The scary part is you never know who will step up and have a big game.
No. 7 Scarsdale at No. 2 North Rockland, 5 p.m. —
Josh: North Rockland, 70-60. Scarsdale will need an unconscious game from 3 to upset the Red Raiders. It’s possible. Jon Cohen and Tyler Nathan can get hot from deep, but, assuming an average game, North Rockland holds the edge.
Dan: North Rockland, 68-65. Scarsdale doesn’t hold the same size advantage they had last round against Clarkstown North. North Rockland is just too big and too good.
Class C quarterfinals
No. 8 Hawthorne Cedar Knolls at No. 1 Children’s Village, 5 p.m. —
Josh: Children’s Village, 68-51. The Hawks were a state title contender in Class D, but their still right there with Palisade Prep and Tuckahoe as gold ball favorites in C. Getting to the County Center won’t be an issue.
Dan: Children’s Village, 54-45. Reclassification or not, Children’s Village is still the odds on favorite.
No. 7 Hamilton at No. 2 Palisade Prep, 6 p.m. —
Josh: Palisade Prep, 68-55. The Phoenix has an experienced group that has matured over the court of three years. Last time, in 2011, Palisade Prep earned an automatic berth into the County Center. This time, it earns one.
Dan: Palisade Prep, 60-55. Despite losing the top seed, I still think Palisade Prep punches their ticket to the County Center.
No. 6 Haldane at No. 3 Solomon Schechter, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh: Haldane, 51-43. If you compare their resumes, it’d be tough to tell who is the 3-seed and who is the 6-seed. This one’s a toss-up.
Dan: Solomon Schechter, 57-50. Expect a big game out of the Lions’ Jake Diamond.
No. 5 Tuckahoe at No. 4 Keio, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh: Tuckahoe, 61-51. You know I picked Tuckahoe to win it all. I think Stan Hamlet will have a few wrinkles, but the Tigers are ready.
Dan: Tuckahoe, 62-50. All those tough regular season games will pay off now for the reigning Class C state champions.