Lots of good basketball on the season’s first Saturday night. The Mahopac and Scarsdale tournament finals were particularly noteworthy.
First, here’s Jermaine Dennis’ story on how Mahopac regrouped behind burly big man Ryan Simone after blowing a 10-point lead:
MAHOPAC 62, LAKELAND 57
A young Mahopac squad squandered a 10-point halftime lead but came back to capture the Carolyn Conroy Tournament with a 62-57 overtime win over host Lakeland on Saturday.
Mahopac (2-0) went into the half leading 21-11. But the score was tied at 47-47 at the end of regulation.
“It was definitely a great performance from Lakeland,” Mahopac coach Kevin Downes said. “We are a very young group and we need all the help we can get from our seniors to compete this year.”
The Indians graduated nine players, leaving them with only three seniors who saw significant time last year. Thus far, the Indians have relied on the dominating play of senior Ryan Simone.
Simone has averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists through the season’s first two games. With a majority of the Indians’ roster being underclassmen, Downes is looking for Simone to continue his hot play.
“We expected for him to be good. But if you would have told me at the beginning of the season he would average 25 in the first two games, I would kind of be shocked,” Downes said. “He’s done everything we have asked of him and has played absolutely phenomenal.”
Simone finished the game with 25 points and was named the tournament MVP.
R.J. Martinez added 11 for Mahopac
Mike Morelli had 22 points for the Hornets and Stephen Harten 17.
FOX LANE 73, SCARSDALE 72 (OT)
Andrew Redhead hit one of two free throws with 4.6 seconds left and Fox Lane defended one last shot attempt to beat Scarsdale 73-72 in overtime at the Maroon and White Tournament.
Redhead led the Foxes with 27 points. His team led by six at one point in overtime, but Scarsdale rallied to tie it until Redhead was fouled in the final seconds. After missing the first, he sank the second and allowed Fox Lane to escape.
Sophomore Caleb Krohn led Scarsdale with 32 points. He had two chances to win the game in regulation, but missed a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation.
James Morales added 17 for Fox Lane. Andreas Larsen chipped in 16 for Scarsdale.
Best of the rest: Iona Prep’s Tom Capuano had 17 points in the Gaels’ 50-36 win at Xaverian. Junior Matt Ryan added 16, all of which were scored in the first half. Ryan had missed Iona Prep’s home loss to Cardinal Hayes on Tuesday as well as several days of practice because of bronchitis. … Jelani Bell-Isaac had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Putnam Valley’s 54-47 win at Hackley in Hackley’s tournament championship. He was named tournament MVP. … Andrew Groll had 15 points and was named tournament MVP as Byram Hills beat Brewster 58-44 in the final of Byram’s tournament. … Mike Macchia had 15 points and earned tournament MVP honors as Irvington beat rival Dobbs Ferry 55-47 in the championship of the Tewey Memorial Tournament. Kevin Tierney added 13. George Roca led Dobbs with 16 points. … Aaron Treinish and Jake Spitz earned co-MVP honors as Hen Hud won the Pawling tournament, beating the host 50-36. … Adam Becer had 14 points in his first varsity start in Pleasantville’s 60-50 win over Bronxville in the consolation game of the Bill Green Holiday Tournament at Bronxville. Teammate Tim Tribble had 12 points and nine rebounds. … Rashan McKay had 26 points in Gorton’s 58-46 victory over Edgemont in the consolation of the Sleepy Hollow tournament. … Haruyoshi Karube led all scorers with 27 points. He hit five 3-pointers in 50-42 victory over visiting Solomon Schechter in the opening round of Keio’s tournament.
Clarkstown South 54, Pearl River 49
Iona Prep 50, Xaverian 36
Newburgh 59, New Rochelle 51
Consolation: Pleasantville 60, Bronxville 50
Championship: Lab Museum United 52, Nyack 48 (OT)
Byram Hills tournament
Consolation: Riverside 64, Stepinac B 31
Championship: Byram Hills 58, Brewster 44
Dan DiVirgillio tournament at Hackley
Consolation: Briarcliff vs. King, 1 p.m.
Championship: Putnam Valley 54, Hackley 48
Consolation: Hunter vs. Roosevelt, 2 p.m.
Championship: Eastchester 82, Panas 77
Consolation: Pelham 88, Ardsley 62
Championship: Irvington 55, Dobbs Ferry 47
Hamilton 53, Tuxedo 41
Keio 50, Solomon Schechter 42
Kari Pizzitola Tournament at Scarsdale
Consolation: Lincoln 63, South Bronx 62
Championship: Fox Lane 73, Scarsdale 72 (OT)
Consolation: Arlington 83, Clark Academy 18
Championship: Mahopac 62, Lakeland 57
Championship: Hen Hud 50, Pawling 36
Sleepy Hollow tournament
Consolation: Gorton 58, Edgemont 46
Championship: Sleepy Hollow 75, Tuckahoe 68