My story on Rye’s season-opening win over Edgemont.
RYE Rye sophomore George Kirby had quite the introduction to varsity basketball Tuesday.
Kirby had a game-high 14 points in his first varsity game to help the Garnets secure a 40-37 win at home against Edgemont.
Kirby’s points weren’t just about quantity, but quality as well. The sophomore hit two free throws with four seconds remaining to push Rye’s lead to three.
“I was a little nervous,” Kirby said. “I needed to knock those down for the win, so I was happy about it.”
The Garnet’s lost all but one starter from last season and returned only four varsity players. With the massive roster turnover, Rye coach John Aguilar knew he would need inexperienced players to step up and identified Kirby as someone who could fill the void left behind by the graduating seniors.
“We told (Kirby) we have to lean on him this year,” Aguilar said. “We told him no matter what to stay confident. Our captains (Jay Little, Daniel Mangum and Drew Abate) have done a great job of letting him know we need him on the floor, and no matter what’s going on he needs to continue to shoot.”
The Garnets (1-0) were able to secure the win without their three big men down the stretch as Zach Holmes suffered a head injury and Abate and Patrick Hull fouled out. Aguilar, who said he felt Rye’s size would be one of its strengths this season, was happy to see his team succeed while going small.
“We talked about the importance of boxing out no matter who is on the floor,” Aguilar said.
Mangnum was the Garnet’s second-leading scorer with seven points. Jack Keeny led the Panthers (0-1) with 13 points. Teammate Mason Brooks added 10 points.
“Just nice way to start the season off,” Kirby said. “Happy we won.”
Here is Josh Thomson’s story on Iona Prep’s loss to Cardinal Hayes.
NEW ROCHELLE With junior star Matt Ryan home sick and one of the city’s best programs coming to its gym, Iona Prep was confronted with a troubling scenario. The Gaels had been listless throughout a disappointing season-opening loss last Friday; Cardinal Hayes hardly seemed like the cure.
Indeed, the Bronx school pressured shorthanded Iona Prep and eventually won a CHSAA AA game 63-50 on Tuesday. Although the Gaels weren’t thrilled with the outcome, their effort – including a 16-5 first quarter – met objective No. 1.
“Coach said beforehand, win or lose, our goal was to come out of the game and know Hayes didn’t outwork us,” sophomore Ty Jerome said. “Hayes didn’t outwork us, but, at the end of the day, they wore us down a little bit.”
Jerome, a 6-foot-3 guard who attracted coaches from Iona and Fordham to the game, led the quick start against Hayes’ Division I-level backcourt of Shavar Newkirk (St. Joseph’s) and Chris Robinson (uncommitted). He sparked a 7-0 run to put the Gaels up 11 points at the end of the first quarter, but foul trouble to teammates Isaiah Ice and Tom Capuano changed that.
Newkirk tied the game for the first time with 15 seconds left in the half. A pair of late free throws by Clive Allen gave Hayes a 22-20 halftime lead. Their quick burst to open the third quarter kept the Cardinals (1-0) comfortably in front, although Capuano hit a 3-pointer to cut Iona Prep’s deficit to six at one point in the fourth.
“With me and Isaiah not on the court, it was tough on Ty,” said Capuano, who tied Jerome for with a team-high 13. “We handled it all right. They didn’t really pull away until the end.”
The Gaels (0-2) were forced to play without Ryan, the 6-foot-7 high-major prospect, who missed the last two days of school with bronchitis.
“I wish not having Matt here would’ve made my kids smell blood, but it didn’t,” Hayes coach Joe Lods said. “Instead, it seemed more like Iona rose to the challenge and we didn’t”
Newkirk led the Cardinals with 19 points. Robinson added 13.
Best of the rest: Conor McGuinness and Kevin Martinez each had 17 points in Clarkstown South’s 69-47 win at home against Nanuet. Mike Mulligan had 11 points for the Golden Knights. … Matt Redhead had 15 points and nine rebounds and Andrew Redhead added 12 points in Fox Lane’s 73-43 win over visiting Blind Brook. James Morales added 11 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists. Jeff Visoky led the Trojans with 17 points. … Barry Battle had 16 points to lead Nyack to a 45-43 win at Cornwall. … Carmel rallied to win at Arlington, 57-51, and earn John Venditto a win in his debut as the Rams’ head coach.
Rye 40, Edgemont 37
Cardinal Hayes 63, Iona Prep 50
Fox Lane 73, Blind Brook 43
Clarkstown South 69, Nanuet 47
Haldane 85, Clark Academy 33
Carmel 57, Arlington 51
Nyack 45, Cornwall 43
Cardinal Spellman 50, Salesian 32
Children’s Village tournament:
Children’s Village 80, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls 38
Biondi 38, Pawling 36