Nancy Haggerty was in Irvington tonight, where the Bulldogs continued to look like a Class B contender in their win over Croton-Harmon:
IRVINGTON — Officially, no games are decided before the opening tip. But an argument could have been made that that was the case on Friday as the Croton boys basketball team took on Irvington.
The visiting Tigers were missing four players, including two starters — their biggest loss being 6-foot-6 center Chris McVeety, who missed the game due to a family death.
That opened up the inside for the Bulldogs, who were hot down low.
“I always try to get inside. Coach goes over our offense and wants to run our offense through me,” the 6-4, 220-pound Macchia said.
That seemed like a good game plan.
Irvington (9-1) led 32-14 at the half and Macchia had 15 points.
“Irvington is strong,” said Croton coach Bill Thom, whose team fell to 4-3. “All the kids are equally built. We were pushed around like little kids.”
One example came in a 40-second span early in the third quarter when Macchia twice pulled down an offensive rebound and went back up to score. That extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 38-16.
As good as he was, Macchia, who hopes to play in college, wasn’t a one-man show. Kevin Tierney had 16 points, 12 coming in the second half. Two were scored after he pulled down Irvington’s fourth consecutive offensive rebound.
Jon Goldreich added nine points and Adrian Valdes (pictured right) eight for Irvington.
Junior guard Teejay Searight led the Tigers with 10 points and Peter Dinger had nine.
Irvington coach Mike Auerbach noted his team is off to its best start of his four-year tenure, the last couple being rebuilding years.
“We’re pretty balanced offensively. We have five starters who can all score in double figures any night,” he said.
“Hopefully, we’ll win sectionals. That’s our big plan,” Macchia said. “If we go further, we’d love that.”
And here’s Carucha video from the game:
Best of the rest: Eli Rodriguez scored 20 points for Yonkers in a 48-44 win over visiting Lincoln. … Eddie Jackson scored 39 points for Riverside in a 58-55 win over Early College. … Angelo Spedafino had a double-double — 16 points, 11 rebounds — for Rye Neck in a 64-35 win over Port Chester. … Matt Ryan had 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the 3-point line in Iona Prep’s 69-44 win at All Hallows. Isaiah Ice had 16 points, six assists and six steals. Ty Jerome had 11 points. … Naim Thomas had 13 points, Walter King 12 and Tom Cola 11 in Stepinac’s 60-51 home loss to Xaverian. … Charlie Tarry had 14 to lead Bronxville in a 54-48 win at Hastings. … Andrew Groll had 24 points and 24 rebounds in Byram Hills’ 68-57 win over visiting Scarsdale. Matt Giacomo added 18 points and seven rebounds. Chad Friedberg had 13 points. … Nick Esposito had 31 points in Harrison’s 66-58 win at Horace Greeley, which was led by Cameron Ciero’s 28 points. Joe Nannariello had eight points and 12 rebounds for Harrison. Zac Evans added eight points and eight rebounds. … Fox Lane’s James Morales had 21 points in a 71-56 victory over visiting Ossining. … Chris Strnad had 14 points to lead Valhalla to a 41-34 victory at Pleasantville. Patrick Bathon had 10 to lead the Panthers. … Jacob Berk had 15 points in Blind Brook’s 66-41 victory over Hamilton in the opening round of the North Salem tournament. The Trojans will play North Salem in the championship at 7 p.m. Saturday. … Kyle Peterson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Tappan Zee won 57-56 at Nyack. (video of the shot on the next post)
Yonkers 48, Lincoln 44
Nanuet 66, Albertus Magnus 53
Palisade Prep 64, Yonkers Montessori 54
Rye Neck 64, Port Chester 35
Riverside 58, Early College 55
Irvington 66, Croton-Harmon 44
North Rockland 60, Clarkstown North 56
Suffern 64, Ramapo 53
Spring Valley 75, Clarkstown South 65
Byram Hills 68, Scarsdale 57
Harrison 66, Horace Greeley 58
Brewster 54, Ketcham 53
Iona Prep 69, All Hallows 44
Stepinac 60, Xaverian 51
Bronxville 54, Hastings 48
Hen Hud 62, Lakeland 54
Tappan Zee 57, Nyack 56
Briarcliff 62, Westlake 57 (OT)
Fox Lane 71, Ossining 56
Valhalla 41, Pleasantville 34
Hackley 67, Horace Mann 61
North Salem tournament
Blind Brook 66, Hamilton 41
North Salem 57, Pawling 38