My story on John Jay’s win over Croton-Harmon.
First, here is video Phil Toon’s game-winning shot.
BREWSTER John Jay’s Phil Toon might only be a sophomore, but he has no problem taking big shots late in the game.
The guard hit two go-ahead buckets in the final two minutes of the Indians’ game against Croton-Harmon Saturday, the latter giving John Jay a 60-59 win over the Tigers in what was part of the seventh annual Putnam Challenge at Brewster.
Toon hit a runner in the lane with 1.8 seconds remaining to give the John Jay the victory.
“I had confidence in taking the last shot,” said Toon, who finished with 13 points. “I feel really comfortable when the ball is in my hands.”
Toon hit a key 3 late in the Indians’ last game, a win against Yorktown.
“As a sophomore this kid has ice in his veins,” John Jay coach Henry Taylor said. “That (play) wasn’t what we drew up, but he just played basketball and created a shot.”
Toon’s clutch play down the stretch allowed John Jay to avoid what would have been a devastating loss. The Indians held a 36-21 lead at halftime.
Sloppy turnovers allowed Croton-Harmon (3-2) to battle back and eventually tie the game at 46 with 5:33 remaining in the game.
The Indians (3-3) answered with an 8-0 run that was sparked by Matt Stroud (19 points), who was named the game’s MVP.
The Tigers’ Eddie Clark hit one of two free throws with 16.3 seconds left to give Croton-Harmon a 59-58 lead before Toon’s game winner.
“It’s a very good character builder,” said Taylor of pulling out the win despite giving up such a large lead. “These guys are learning.”
Best of the rest: Iona Prep lost in overtime 65-63 to visiting Bishop Loughlin, the No. 2 ranked team in the state in Class AA. … Andrew Groll had 23 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and was named MVP in Byram Hills’ 61-49 win against Yorktown in the Putnam Challenge at Brewster. … Drew Valsaint (14 points) had the game-winning shot as time expired to give North Rockland a 46-44 win at Suffern. … Matt Franks had 17 points, nine rebounds and was named the MVP in Rye Neck’s 53-37 win over Westlake in the championship of the Rye Neck tournament. … Conor McGuinness had 21 points in Clarkstown South’s 73-51 win at Clarkstown North. … Adam Laub had 10 points in Hen Hud’s 47-24 win against visiting Port Chester. … Jake Diamond with 21 points in Solomon Schechter’s 59-36 loss to visiting Golda Och Academy. … Dean DeLucia had 18 points and four assists in Mamaroneck’s 56-43 win against Brewster in the Putnam Challenge at Brewster. Matt Bernstein had eight points, 10 rebounds and was named the game’s MVP. … Ryan Simone had 22 points, nine rebounds and was named MVP in Mahopac’s 65-47 win over Dobbs Ferry in the Putnam Challenge at Brewster. R.J. Martinez added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Bishop Loughlin 65, Iona Prep 63, OT
North Rockland 46, Suffern 44
Fordham Prep 65, Stepinac 52
Clarkstown South 73, Clarkstown North 51
Hen Hud 47, Port Chester 24
Golda Och Academy 59, Solomon Schechter 36
Putnam Challenge at Brewster
Mahopac 66, Dobbs Ferry 47
Haldane 72, North Salem 60
Putnam Valley 62, Somers 61
Byram Hills 61, Yorktown 49
Mamaroneck 56, Brewster 43
John Jay 60, Croton-Harmon 59
Rye Neck tournament
Championship: Rye Neck 53, Westlake 37