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I had a strong Week 1, posting a 5-0 mark. I got the nod over Dan by picking South to beat Tappan Zee.
Let’s take a look at the records, followed by this week’s picks. We’re running them a day late because Dan was out of town.
2013-14 Records —
Irvington at Rye Neck, 4:30 p.m. –
Josh: Irvington, 55-50. This could be the type of December non-league games we’re looking back at as these teams gear up to meet in the County Center. I’m going to side with Irvington, which has already played five times and has been very solid against some pretty strong competition. I think the Bulldogs are ready.
Dan: Irvington, 60-53. I like the fact the Bulldogs are getting their scoring from all over. Kevin Tierney is the team’s best threat, but Mike Macchia, Jon Goldreich and Andrew Brennan have all posted double-figures this season. Spreading the wealth can only mean good things for Irvington going forward. I’ll give them the nod over the Panthers.
Pearl River at Spring Valley, 5:30 p.m. –
Josh: Spring Valley, 72-59. I saw these teams play last year at Pearl River and it was a close game. But that was at Pearl River. I don’t think Spring Valley is a great matchup for the Pirates, especially not at Spring Valley. The Tigers have more depth, they have players to throw at Kevin Degnan and they can put the pressure on defensively. I think Pearl River will probably have to shoot outstanding from the 3-point arc to win.
Dan: Spring Valley, 65-53. No need to panic after that Iona Prep loss and close game vs. Nyack. The fact of the matter is every team that plays the Tigers is going to give them its best effort. There is no more flying under the radar for Spring Valley. With that being said, I think the Tigers are due for a statement win to show why so many people (i.e.-Josh and I) picked them to make it to the County Center this season.
Peekskill vs. White Plains at Harrison High School, 5 p.m. –
Josh: White Plains, 68-61. This should be a great game. They’re not top-heavy: It’s a game that could produce a lot of heroes. Having said that, I really liked what I saw last week from White Plains, which has outstanding guard play and will be able to handle Peekskill’s speed. Peekskill will need to play disciplined to beat the Tigers, who have a lot of experience and seem pretty far long for it being so early in the season.
Dan: Peekskill, 72-67. Two very talented teams that should be top contenders in their respective classes. The Red Devils size will continue to be one of their biggest assets as they have the pieces to put out one of the biggest lineups in the section. Fouls could drastically alter this game if the refs are looking to call it tight, which would benefit the Tigers. Still, I’ll give the edge to Peekskill.
Fox Lane at Harrison, 7 p.m. –
Josh: Fox Lane, 66-54. Fox Lane might just be too big and too deep for Harrison. I’d like to see this game with Harrison at full strength. The Huskies should have sophomore Zac Evans back, but he probably won’t be in midseason form. I expect Fox Lane to win, but I’m curious to see how close Harrison can make it.
Dan: Fox Lane, 63-50. The Foxes have jumped out to a somewhat quiet 5-0 start. They have a ton of experience with 12 players back from last season’s team. It’s still very early, but Fox Lane can show where they are in the Class AA hierarchy with a solid weekend at the Harrison tournament. I think they start things off with a win against the Huskies.
Tappan Zee at Spring Valley, 6 p.m. –
Josh: Spring Valley, 74-58. A week after playing the other top team in Rockland on the road, TZ will now head to Spring Valley. This could be even tough for the Dutchmen, who will need to make 3-pointers to win. But with an inexperienced backcourt, I think they will struggle with Spring Valley’s pressure.
Dan: Spring Valley, 70-57. Tough opening stretch for the Dutchies. No need to get disappointed, though, as games against some of the best teams in the county will only get them better prepared for February. As I said up top, I think this week is Spring Valley’s chance to make a couple of statements.