Here is Josh Thomson’s story on how Dobbs Ferry proved there is such thing as life-after Eric Paschall with a solid win against Ardsley.
DOBBS FERRY 60, ARDSLEY 47
IRVINGTON By no choice of its own, Dobbs Ferry will be a different team this season. That’s a matter of fact for any team playing without the reigning Section 1 “Mr. Basketball,” especially when that player, Eric Paschall, was expected to be a senior.
With the Fordham commit off at prep school, the Eagles showed their collective might in Friday’s season opener. They rallied to post a 25-point fourth quarter and beat Ardsley 60-47 in the opening round of the Michael F. Tewey Memorial Basketball tournament at Irvington High School.
“This is a team that realized over the summer that no one person could harbor the weight of the world on their shoulders and that it had to be a collective effort,” Dobbs coach Scott Patrillo said. “These guys are looking to be a very balanced attack this year.”
Four players finished in double figures. They were led by 13 points apiece from Tim Soave and Dan Foresti. Soave came off the bench and also grabbed 15 rebounds, dominating late on the offensive boards after Ardsley pulled ahead 38-35 after three quarters.
Gabe Natale added 12 points and Dan Lilling chipped in 11, including a 3-pointer that he banked in with 1:30 to play to put the Eagles up eight.
“We’re trying to be much more team-oriented,” Patrillo said. “I think in the fourth quarter they showed they had the ability to do that.”
Dobbs Ferry will play the Irvington-Pelham winner tonight at 8. Ardsley will meet the loser in the consolation at 4.
Zach Saklad led the Panthers with 13 points. Frank Savino added 12.
Best of the rest: Benny DiMirco had 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals in Eastchester’s 81-34 win over Hunter College in the first round of the Eastchester tournament. Teammate Andrew Schultz added 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Now, here’s Josh’s story on Irvington advancing to its tournament final:
IRVINGTON 64, PELHAM 55
IRVINGTON Once the teams settled in, the gap between Irvington and Pelham remained slim until the fourth quarter. With the Bulldogs cold from the outside and feeling the pressure from their opponent’s assortment of pressure defenses, it was a small breakthrough that made the difference.
“We finally made an outside shot,” Irvington coach Mike Auerbach said. “We made two 3’s and they both came in the fourth quarter. I think that where the separation came from.”
The Bulldogs turned a one-possession game into an eight-point lead early in the fourth quarter and held off Pelham 64-55 in the opening round of their Tewey Memorial Touranment.
Kevin Tierney had 21 points and Mike Macchia added 14, but it were the back to back 3’s by Jon Goldreich and Andrew Brennan early in the fourth that finally gave Irvington a cushion to play with. When Pelham cut its deficit to four points with about 1:40, Brennan delivered another key basket when he snatched an airball and dropped in a putback as the shot clock hit zero.
“I thought we played well. I thought we came out strong. They did a couple things that we hadn’t seen in their scrimmages,” Auerbach said. “They had a couple different presses. They did a good job extending their zones, which kind of made us uncomfortable. It was something we hadn’t seen or played against.”
The Bulldogs have seen plenty by this point. They return seven key players from last season, bringing back the type of experience only matched in Class B by Putnam Valley and Rye Neck. That proved beneficial in a season opener that saw Auerbach dip only two-deep into his bench.
“We have seven experienced guys. With them playing a couple different presses and a couple different things in their zones, I’m going to lean on people who I know are going to recognize what they’re doing,” he said. “I was comfortable that the guys who were out there were going to be able to take advantage of what they were doing.”
Pelham sank six 3’s, but misfired often, especially early, and finished just 6 for 27 from deep. The Pelicans started three sophomores, but it was their 5-for-15 foul shooting that plagued them.
Chris Ayson finished with a team-high 16 points. Brendan Roche had 12, and Matt O’Neil added 11, including three 3’s.
Macchia, the Irvington big man, showed promise as he led the Bulldogs to a quick start. He scored 12 of his points in the second half and helped facilitate an offense that scored the majority of its points in the paint.
“He was a talented kid last year and he struggled,” Auerbach said. “He lost 30 pounds, grew a couple inches and layed more basketball in the offseason than any kid I’ve ever coached. He really made himself into a player.”
Here is my story on Eastchester’s win over Hunter College in the first round of the Eastchester tournament.
EASTCHESTER 81, HUNTER 34
There is no denying that if Eastchester is to return to the County Center this season a large portion of the task will fall on senior guard Jack Daly’s shoulders.
Daly, who was named fifth-team all state in Class A last season, will be the leader of an Eagles’ team looking to get back to the semifinals and farther.
On Friday Eastchester showed Daly will have plenty of help along the way. A pair of sophomores stepped up to help the Eagles to their first win of the season.
Benny DiMirco and Andrew Schultz each posted double-doubles in Eastchester’s 81-34 win over Hunter College in the first round of the Eastchester Holiday Tournament.
DiMirco, a 5-foot-8 point guard who was on varsity last season, had a game-high 21 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and fives steals. Schultz, a 6-foot-4 forward pulled up last season during sectionals, had 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Eastchester assistant coach Joseph Cirasella said getting continued production out of Shultz is key for the Eagles, who are without all-section forward Mike Milo until after Christmas due to an injury.
“Shultz is definitely an x-factor,” Cirasella said. “We need a big guy. If he can fill those shoes while Milo is out it’d be great.”
It wasn’t just Milo Eastchester was missing. Six players served the first of their two-game suspension for violating school rules. Head coach Fred DiCarlo was also serving a one-game suspension for getting ejected from the Eagles’ final football game this season.
Despite having only seven players suited up, Eastchester pressed the Hawks early, jumping out to a 34-6 lead in the first quarter.
“We played our style of game, uptempo, and they couldn’t handle it,” said Daly, who finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. “We lack height, still, so we’ve got to out run teams. That’s what we did today. We created turnovers and turned that into buckets.”
The Eagles will play Panas in the tournament final Saturday at 6 p.m.
Best of the rest: Kevin Tierney had 21 points and Mike Macchia added 14 points in Irvington’s 64-55 win over Pelham in the first round of the Tewey Memorial Tournament. … Ryan Simone had 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Mahopac’s 49-40 win over Arlington in the Lakeland tournament. Teammate Glen Janik had 14 points and seven assists. … Barry Battle had 22 points in Nyack’s 76-72 win over Wallkill in the Warwick Tournament Championship. Teammate E.J. Smith added 18 points. … Steve Herman got his first win as head coach of Stepinac in the Crusaders’ 87-55 victory over Salesian. Walker King led Stepinac with 28, Damarcus Miller had 16, Naim Thomas had 15 and Kylan Guerra 10. The Crusaders shot 9 for 18 from 3-point range and forced 21 turnovers. … Hen Hud coach Jordan Hirsch earned his first victory in a 66-30 win over Dover in the opening round of the Pawling tournament. Jesse Breeding led a balanced scoring effort with 13 points. Eleven different Sailors scored. … Kyle Santoro had 31 points and Justin Rynders added 16 as defending Class B champ Lourdes beat Somers 74-56. Matt Moros had 26 to pace Somers. … Tyler Fernandez had 28 and Salim Green added 23 as Rye Country Day beat Loyola 90-73 (per MSG Varsity). … Dom Cristiano had 25 points and 10 rebounds in Kennedy’s 71-47 win over visiting St. John’s Prep. Sean Delaney had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Buron added nine points and 11 rebounds for the unbeaten Gaels. … Mark Kinnaly had 10 points and 18 rebounds as Valhalla coach John DiBetta earned his first win 44-38 against visiting Westlake. Ezekiel Demasio added nine points and nine boards. … Caleb Krohn had 21 points and Zach Marcus added 16 in as Scarsdale beat South Bronx 60-55 in the opening round of the Maroon and White tournament. … Ryan Basso had 18 points, Zack Coleman added 17 points, three blocks and three steals and Putnam Valley’s stifling defense led to a 52-22 victory over King in the opening round of the Hackley tournament.
Lourdes 74, Somers 56
Valhalla 44, Westlake 38
Rye Country Day 90, Loyola 73
Stepinac 87, Salesian 55
Peekskill 90, Goshen 63
Masters 54, Hopkins 41
Kennedy 71, St. John’s Prep 47
Championship: Nyack 76, Wallkill 72
Consolation: John Jay-East Fishkill 47, Carmel 46
Championship: Beacon 64, Monroe-Woodbury 41
Lab-Musuem United 64, Bronxville 57
Byram Hills tournament
Byram Hills 58, Stepinac B 33
Dan DiVirgillio tournament at Hackley
Putnam Valley 52, King 22
Eastchester 81, Hunter 34
Dobbs Ferry 60, Ardsley 47
Irvington 64, Pelham 55
Kari Pizzitola Tournament at Scarsdale
Scarsdale 60, South Bronx 55
Mahopac 49, Arlington 40
Lakeland 52, Clark Academy 40
Hen Hud 66, Dover 30
Pawling 62, Webutuck 34
Sleepy Hollow tournament
Tuckahoe 47, Edgemont 40
Sleepy Hollow 54, Gorton 38