Coaches often worry about their players experiencing first-game jitters, and the story wasn’t any different for Spring Valley Friday.
Although the Tigers won their season opener, 75-69, at Nyack, the team barely avoided a fourth-quarter meltdown, giving coach Willie Worsley a few things to adjust before their next game.
“We were very fortunate to come out with the win tonight,” Worsley said. “Nyack played us very tough. Everyone plays us tough.”
Leading by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, the Tigers were up only a point with a little under two minutes left.
Spring Valley missed critical free throws to allow the Indians back into the game, but in the end, Spring Valley stars Kai Mitchell and Rickey McGill were too much for the Indians to handle.
Mitchell led the team with 21 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks. McGill added 20 points and four assists.
Spring Valley hopes to fix its free-throw woes during the pregame walk-through against a formidable Iona Prep team in the Harry Jefferson Showcase Sunday at White Plains. Although Mother Nature is working against them, Worsley is confident his bunch will make the adjustments come tipoff.
“Unfortunately for us, we won’t have any practices before our next game because of the snow we are expecting,” Worsley said. “Without telling you our game plan, we are going to play Spring Valley basketball much harder and much smarter than today” against the Gaels.
Best of the rest: Chris Strnad hit a game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds left for Valhalla in a 45-43 win over Hen Hud in the final of the Hen Hud tournament. Strnad scored 16 points and was named tournament MVP. Mark Kinnally had seven points, five rebounds and five steals to earn all-tournament honors. Adam Laub led Hen Hud with 11 points. … Wes Reed hit the winning free throw for Port Chester with 0.3 seconds remaining in a 67-66 OT win over visiting Pawling. Reed finished with 15 points. Kori Henriquez led the Rams with 22 points and 18 rebounds. Cameron Thomas led Pawling with 27. … Rye’s Tim DeGraw had 23 points in an 81-66 win over Pelham in the first round of the Rye tournament. George Kirby added 20 and Andrew Livingston had 15. Chris Ayson led Pelham with 28 points. … Blind Brook beat Pleasantville 48-32 in the other semifinal of the Rye tournament. Ryan Schaenman had 16 points to lead all scorers. Blind Brook coach Mike Welsh improved to 2-0 against his younger brother Chris, the Pleasantville coach. (They last met in the 2012 Class B quarterfinals.) … Kevin Tierney had 18 points for Irvington in a 49-32 win over Lakeland in the Panas touranment. Adrian Valdes added 13. The Bulldogs improved to 4-0. They will play Panas at 7 p.m. Sunday night in the tournament championship. … Tim McCauley had 22 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in Panas’ 65-51 victory over John Jay. … Jesse Boyce had 21 points as Westlake beat Hastings 58-48 in the Rye Neck tournament semifinals. Westlake will face Rye Neck in the championship on a date to be determined. Justin Mayers had 17 to lead Hastings, which will play Keio in the consolation. … Rye Neck won the other semifinal 62-35 over visiting Keio behind 17 points and 12 rebounds from Matt Franks. Ryan Aquino added 12 points and Chris Pennell had nine points and five boards. Takenari Kaneoka led Keio with 12 points. … Kevin Degnan had 20 points, Jack Byrnes added 13 in Pearl River’s 47-37 win over Clarkstown North. … Naim Thomas scored 27 points tonight to lead Stepinac in its 83-65 loss to visiting Christ the King, the defending Class AA state Federation champ. Kylan Guerra added 17 points, sinking hit five 3-pointers. Travis Atson had 31 points and 15 rebounds for CTK. … Palisade Prep beat Ardsley 65-60 in the semis of the Ardsley tourney. Kevin Sabino scored 19 points, Isaiah Ward 18 and Brandon Tate 15. Ardsley rallied from a 22-point first half deficit to cut the Phoenix lead to two. Palisade Prep will play Eastchester in the championship game on Saturday afternoon, weather permitting. … Joe Zayer had 12 points and six rebounds in Clarkstown South’s 54-41 victory over visiting Tappan Zee. (source) … Zach Coleman had 25 points, Ryan Basso had 13 and Jelani Bell-Issac added 10 in a 62-46 victory over Scarsdale in the Brewster tournament. Putnam Valley will play Brewster on Sunday at 4. Scarsdale will meet Pawling at 2.
Yonkers 54, Biondi 37
Spring Valley 75, Nyack 69
Clarkstown South 54, Tappan Zee 41
Fox Lane 65, Horace Greeley 39
Haldane 73, Tuxedo 23
Port Chester 67, Pawling 66, OT
Christ the King 83, Stepinac 65
Pearl River 47, Clarkstown North 37
Palisade Prep 65, Ardsley 60
Putnam Valley 62, Scarsdale 46
Lourdes 44, Brewster 38
Elmsford Classic at Hamilton
Hamilton 72, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls 31
Hen Hud tournament
Consolation: Lincoln 60, Yonkers Montessori 33
Championship: Valhalla 45, Hen Hud 43
Panas 65, John Jay 51
Irvington 49, Lakeland 32
Cliff Clinton Classic at Rye
Blind Brook 48, Pleasantville 32
Rye 81, Pelham 66
Rye Neck tournament
Westlake 58, Hastings 48
Rye Neck 62, Keio 35
Briarcliff 67, Clark Academy 45
Missing scores: North Salem at Early College