Here is my story on undefeated Rye Neck’s win against Irvington, who also entered the game undefeated.
MAMARONECK Ryan Aquino hit seven 3s en route to pouring in 28 points as he helped Rye Neck to a 60-55 win against visiting Irvington Thursday.
The senior guard was 7-of-12 from behind the arc, which included the go-ahead 3 with 1:30 remaining.
“I don’t think I’ve ever hit seven before,” said Aquino, who also had eight rebounds. “But I don’t think I’ve had as good as a team as this before, so I think that has a lot to do with it.”
Despite it being only December, the game had a playoff feel to it as the two Class B schools entered the game undefeated.
Having already won two tournaments this season, Irvington (5-1) had the benefit of playing more games than Rye Neck (3-0), who had two contests postponed due to weather.
“It was a huge game for us,” said Rye Neck senior forward Matt Franks, who had 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks. “They’re already into the groove of the season. I think this helped us get in the right mindset. This is the most intense we’ve played, so I think it’s huge.”
Neither team was able to take a commanding lead until the Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run early in the third quarter to take a 36-29 advantage thanks to Adrian Valdes, who had 16 points in the quarter, and a solid press.
The Panthers were able to pull within three by quarter’s end and outscored the Bulldogs 17-9 in the final eight minutes.
“Irvington’s one of the best teams in Class B and they showed why tonight,” Rye Neck coach Shawn Lincoln said. “The way they came out they raised the level of intensity. It made it to be a game where we had to respond, and I’m actually excited…It was awesome to see that my guys could step up and respond to their intensity level.”
Valdes finished with 20 points, five steals and three rebounds. Mike Macchia added 10 points and eight rebounds.
“These are the games you need to get better,” Irvington coach Mike Auerbach said. “This is where you kind of figure out where some of your weaknesses are and what teams are doing to take advantage of you. We’ll be ok.”
Best of the rest: Lukas Chin had a game-high 19 points in Green Meadow’s 74-42 win against visiting Barnstable. Taylor Miccio added 18 points in the win. … Jesse Boyce had 32 points in Westlake’s 63-37 win against visiting Pleasantville. … Cal Snisky had 18 points in Blind Brook’s 79-64 over Children’s Village. … Tim McCauley had 14 points in Panas’ 48-41 win over Mamaroneck in the first round of the Somers tournament. … Kevin Lynch had a game-high 18 points in Lakeland’s 46-30 win over Hen Hud.
Blind Brook 79, Children’s Village 64
Rye Neck 60, Irvington 55
Westlake 63, Pleasantville 37
Green Meadow 74, Barnstable 42
Bronxville 59, Haldane 54
Biondi 67, Solomon Schechter 65, 4 OT
Lakeland 46, Hen Hud 30
White Station 56, Mount Vernon 51
Valhalla 53, Port Chester 42
White Plains 62, Peekskill 54
Fox Lane 57, Harrison 45
Panas 48, Mamaroneck 41