Here’s the story by Debbie Schechter on a role player who hit the day’s biggest shot followed by a look at today’s best:
Putnam Valley’s Kevin Fitzsimmons is the consummate team player.
The Tigers had the ball in Sunday’s championship game of the Brewster tournament with six seconds left under Brewster’s basket. The play ended up in the hands of their sixth-man off the bench and hit a 3-pointer from 22 feet out to give the Tigers the win by the score of 44-41 at Brewster.
“He had a real good clean look at it,” Putnam Valley coach Mike McDonnell said. “He stepped it an knocked it down. We’ve been waiting for him to break out with his shooting. He’s one of our best passers off the bench. He doesn’t care about starting or not starting. I feel you should bring in a lift guy who takes it up a level and that’s what Kevin is.”
With about one minute left in the game, the Tigers got the ball at halfcourt after a timeout. Ryan Basso (18 points) took it to the basket, got the foul to bring the Tigers to within one with the score 41-39. He hit the free throw to tie it up with less than 20 seconds left.
“He made a tough layup,” McDonnell said. “Things were breaking down and he just put his head down and was getting to rim one way or another and he just made it happen. He’s showing that if his 3-point shot is off, he can still get in double figures because he’s starting drive the ball.”
Tournament MVP Zach Coleman scored 13 points for the Bears. The members of the all-tournament team included Basso, Brewster’s Dima Monaghan (16 points) and Chris Brandt, as well as Kyle Santoro of Lourdes.
Best of the rest: At White Plains’ Harry Jefferson Showcase, Matt Stein was named MVP with 22 points and five assists in Harrison 77-36 win over Tuckahoe. Coby Lefkowitz added 17 points and 13 rebounds. … Saunders’ Dijon Gonzales scored 21 points for the Blue Devils in their 55-53 win over Nanuet in the Jefferson Showcase. The game MVP hit two technical free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining after Nanuet tried to call timeout when it had none remaining. … Mamaroneck’s Dean DeLucia earned MVP honors after scoring 12 points for the Tigers in their 48-37 win over Sleepy Hollow at the Jefferson Showcase. Matt Bernstein added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sleepy’s Nick Arduino had 19 points. … Jack Daly scored 25 points and earned MVP honors as Eastchester beat Palisade Prep 73-58. Anthony Gallucci added 13 points. Kevin Sabino-Pena led Palisade Prep with 14. Isaiah Ward had 12 and Brandon Tate 11. … Lakeland’s Nick Fazio scored the winning basket with six seconds remaining in a 58-57 victory over John Jay in the consolation of the Panas tournament. … Dom Cristiano had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Kennedy in a 49-41 defeat of visiting Bishop Ford 49-41. … Joey Katz had 15 points and Matt Katz 12 points and eight rebounds in Scarsdale’s 80-37 win over Pawling. … Sacred Heart’s Arjon Beqiri had 20 points and Justin Brown added 16 in a 64-57 loss at Monsignor McClancy. … MVP Kevin Tierney had 16 points as unbeaten Irvington won the Panas tournament 61-47 over the host. Irvington coach Mike Auerbach, a 2002 Panas graduate, earned the win over one of his former coaches, Shawn Sullivan. Adrian Valdes had 13 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 5-0. Mike Macchia added 14. Michael Evans led Panas with 13 points. Tim McCauley added 12.