Section 1 basketball hosted the final event of the 2012-13 season Thursday night at Sleepy Hollow High School. Two of the highlights came during halftime of the 7 p.m. game.
First, Mount Vernon’s Josh Doughty edged Somers’ John Decker in an exhausting shootout and then Doughty beat the 5 p.m. game winner, North Rockland’s Charles Nardone, to win the 3-point contest. Mount Vernon also escaped with the dunk contest title when 7 p.m. winner Jamal Lewis edged 5 p.m. winner Ian Parker of Riverside.
Parker, a 6-foot-3 swingman with long arms and great hops, was pretty consistent throughout. As you’ll see, Lewis started strong, but that was enough to win.
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Here’s a sample of dunks from both Lewis and Parker, including Lewis’ three best:
As far as the games, Lewis had 27 points, seven rebounds and three assists to lead his team to a comeback victory and earn MVP honors of the 7 p.m. game. Parker won the hardware for the 5 p.m. game with an explosive 14-point, six-rebound, six-assist effort.
Funny enough, with the exception of Parker, Mount Vernon went home with more than just the awards. Sophomore Jakeeme Sturgis was there as a spectator, but he didn’t go home empty-handed either.
Read my story to find out that and more. I’ll add complete stats for both rosters from both games in a bit.
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GAME STORY —
TARRYTOWN — Mount Vernon failed to win a Section 1 championship for the first time in eight years. And, yes, the Knights did lose the Class AA championship in crushing fashion. But if the last day of the local basketball season is a harbinger of the future, Mount Vernon fans can expect their team to recover. Quickly.
The Lower Hudson Valley Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Games at Sleepy Hollow High School were something of a return to normalcy. The final event of the Section 1 basketball season was headlined by Mount Vernon players in a near-clean sweep. Jamal Lewis won one of the MVP awards and the dunk contest and Josh Doughty won the 3-point contest. And — although he’s just a sophomore and came as a fan — Jakeeme Sturgis even pocketed winnings from the 50/50 raffle.
Ian Parker, an explosive 6-foot-3 player from Riverside High School in Yonkers, felt he showed enough to beat Lewis in the Slam Dunk final.
“I think I did,” Parker joked, “but I guess Riverside’s reputation isn’t like Mount Vernon’s.”
For the 6-foot-1 Lewis, who won the dunk contest in Edmonton when Mount Vernon played a tournament there in December, the night offered a special last night of high school basketball.
“It was a lot of fun before I start getting ready for college,” said the explosive Lewis, who has drawn interest from junior colleges Riverside (Calif.) and Killeen (Tex.). “That’s a big step, so this was a lot of fun playing with players I just met.”
Lewis had 27 points, seven rebounds and three assists to lead the Blue team back from a 12-point halftime deficit in its 111-100 victory. He had assistance from North Salem’s Umar Singh (15 points, 10 rebounds), Gorton’s Dane Williamson (13 points) and Croton-Harmon’s Ian Thom (6 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists). Panas’ Vaughn Dweck led the Gold with 21 points and Arlington’s Errico Feaster added 18.
Lewis and Doughty engaged in friendly banter with New Rochelle’s Joe Clarke, the Section 1 tournament MVP, who played the first half for Gold.
“That’s a good friend. I hope to play against him in college. And I want to win,” Lewis said.
Parker had 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals in the earlier game, earning MVP honors in Gold’s 100-75 win over Blue. Pelham’s Zach Rollins led the Gold with 18 points and North Rockland’s Charles Nardone added 13 points and six rebounds. Nyack’s Terrence McNair (15 points), Panas’ Lyle Ryals (12 points) and Horace Greeley’s Harrison Brown (12 points, 10 rebounds) paced the Blue.
“I told all my friends, I’m going there to win. I’m going to win MVP,” Parker said. “That was on my mind the whole time. I wanted to win the dunk contest, too.”
He fell short despite some acrobatics, including catching a ball a friend had tossed off the backboard and throwing it down. Lewis’ best dunks came early in the competition, one of which saw him bounce the ball off the wall behind the basket, catch it in midair and spike it one-handed.