It was another week of a reduced number of picks. Tappan Zee-Pearl River round one was postponed because of a gas leak. Both Dan and I finished 3-1, missing on the New Ro-Eastchester game… by a lot. We’re back at it again this week with five picks, including Mount Vernon’s game at New Rochelle, the first played between the teams since last year’s buzzer beater by Khalil Edney. The aftermath is pictured above.
The Huguenots have a big game on Tuesday at White Plains that will either have it feeling very good or very bad going into Friday.
It’s also a big week in Rockland with key games today, Wednesday and Friday.
Now, here’s a look at our records this season and who we’re picking this week:
2013-14 Records —
Josh: 22-5 (3-1 last week)
Dan: 20-7 (3-1 last week)
Fox Lane at Byram Hills, 6:15 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Fox Lane, 55-50. These teams always play classics, and this should be no different. Expect it to come down to the fourth quarter. Those have belonged almost exclusively to Byram in recent editions of this rivalry, but I like Fox Lane’s experience down the stretch to pull it out.
Dan’s pick: Fox Lane, 62-58. Andrew Groll has been playing out of his mind lately, but I think this one goes to the Foxes. Although Fox Lane doesn’t have anyone to match up with Groll (not many people in the section do), I think guard play will be the difference.
New Rochelle at White Plains, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: New Rochelle, 61-60. The season has not been what New Ro hoped, so why pick the Huguenots here against a team that has clearly had the better season? Call it a hunch. They are proud, and I expect them to earn a split this season with White Plains. New Ro needs a win badly. I think that hunger goes a long way this week.
Dan’s pick: White Plains, 66-56. Tough times for the Huguenots. White Plains, on the other hand, managed to bounce back nicely from its loss to Mount Vernon with a solid win against Mahopac. A nice match up of two of the better senior guards in the section. Things could get interesting if White Plains can’t get somewhat of a presence inside.
Nyack at Pearl River, 4:15 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Pearl River, 55-47. After watching Nyack last week, I could see it is a team progressing toward being a very tough out in the postseason. Beating Ramapo and nearly beating Tappan Zee were signs that the Indians were pointed in the right direction, but going into Pearl River and winning are a different animal. The Pirates have played well in recent weeks and Nyack doesn’t really have anyone to match up with Kevin Degnan.
Dan’s pick: Pearl River, 55-52. This is a big week for Pearl River, who also plays Harrison. Nyack will be looking for some wins as well after suffering tough losses to Tappan Zee and Albertus Magnus. It’ll be close, but I think the Pirates are just a bit better. Their home-court advantage certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Nanuet at Tappan Zee, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Tappan Zee, 49-44. I think Dan is pretty much spot on here. Nanuet has earned a few key wins already, but this would be the best yet. It should be a typically tight slugfest, but one I think favors TZ because of its experience and homecourt. Nanuet will be right there with three minutes to play though.
Dan’s pick: Tappan Zee, 47-40. The Golden Knights had a nice win over Albertus last week, but I still think Tappan Zee is one of the stronger teams in Rockland. The Dutchies just seem a bit more balanced in terms of scoring. It might not be pretty, but it’ll be a win nonetheless.
Mount Vernon at New Rochelle, 4:30 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Mount Vernon, 83-73. This may not be the most highly anticipated matchup between the schools based on their talent, but there should be plenty of intrigue all the same Friday. Of course, this will be the first time they will meet since Khalil Edney’s buzzer beater at the County Center that stunned Mount Vernon in the Class AA championship and earned Edney national fame. So much has happened since then, but what will matter most Friday from a basketball standpoint is which team is better. To me, it’s clearly Mount Vernon, which has the more developed squad at this point and will no doubt be amped up to face the Huguenots. Ultimately, New Ro could have a chance (albeit slim) to upset Mount Vernon this season because of its physicality in the paint and experienced backcourt, but I don’t think now is the time for that.
Dan’s pick: Mount Vernon, 80-71. Yes, I’m sure all the players on Mount Vernon will tell you that last season is in the past and this is a new team with a new identity. Still, I’d bet my next paycheck the first game they looked for when the schedule was released was when they would face New Rochelle for the first time. Mount Vernon will be way too motivated for this game to let it slip away. I think the Knights jump on the Huguenots early and never look back.
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