As far as the regular season goes, tonight was nuts.
Panas beat Peekskill at the buzzer. Clarkstown South beat Suffern by a point on a basket with just a few seconds remaining. Spring Valley coach Willie Worsley won his 200th game. Byram’s big man had another monster game. And Iona Prep was upset, playing most of the game without Matt Ryan, who has been hampered with an injured hip.
There’s plenty to digest. First, let’s start with Dan’s story on Blind Brook winning its 10th straight by beating one of Class B’s best:
BLIND BROOK 64, RYE NECK 58
Blind Brook was able to overcome an early 10-point deficit to beat visiting Rye Neck 64-58 for the Trojans’ 10th straight win Wednesday.
Blind Brook coach Mike Welsh said stringing together so many wins helped the Trojans (10-1) prepare for taking on the Panthers (8-2).
“I think we have kind of built up to this one,” Welsh said. “The confidence has been building. Without that, I’m not sure we we would have beaten a team of this caliber.”
Rye Neck led 34-24 with 1:53 remaining in the first half before the Trojans went on a 9-1 run to cut the give the Panthers’ lead to only a 35-33 lead at halftime.
Welsh credited seniors Jeff Visoky (17 points), Jacob Berk (17 points), Scott Wurtzel (three points) and Cal Snisky (five points) for keeping the team calm despite falling behind early.
“We have a core group of guys who got their feet wet last season,” Welsh said. “They didn’t win any big games last season, but they gained experience from it.”
That’s not the case this season, as Blind Brook will be looked at as a contender in Class B going forward.
“We talked about how we had flown under the radar earlier in the season,” Welsh said. “That’s not going to happen anymore.”
PANAS 51, PEEKSKILL 49
First, let’s get to what matters most: After Peekskill’s Laron Holt hit a pair of free throws to tie the game with less than four seconds remaining, Panas senior Tim McCauley caught the inbound pass on the run, dribbled to the foul line and hit a floater from the paint at the buzzer to win it. McCauley finished the game with 24 points, five assists and four steals. He helped led the Panthers on a 15-6 run in the fourth quarter. That included two free throws with 15 seconds to play that gave them their first lead late, 49-47.
Panas was enthused about the win, and rightfully so. This was the second time Panas beat Peekskill in three tries after not doing so in the previous 16 years. Peekskill’s bench did not protest the shot after the game, but a photo taken by student Ryan Ray of the Peekskill High School Mercury (pictured here) appears to show the ball still in McCauley’s hand as the clock in the background expired.
Having said that, here’s a video on Instagram that shows the shot from a different angle. McCauley appears to release the shot just before the horn sounds.
I’ll be interested to hear what you think.
CLARKSTOWN SOUTH 60, SUFFERN 59
Over in Rockland, surging Suffern played the county’s second best team to a standstill that went deep into the fourth quarter and proved nearly as wild as Peekskill-Panas. Suffern actually led by 10 points before South closed the third quarter strong and cut it to one. That set up a dramatic final 90 seconds that saw the teams trade leads.
Senior Joe Zayer, who tied Conor McGuinness with a game-high 20 points, put South ahead on two different occasions. That included a pullup in the paint with 12.5 seconds left that proved to be the winning basket. Suffern’s Tyler McDine had hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and about 20 seconds to go to give Suffern a 59-58 lead. McDine finished with 19 points for the Mounties, who hit nine 3-pointers.
Suffern called timeout and had one final possession. South denied McDine the ball and Suffern missed a contested shot that would’ve won it at the buzzer.
Best of the rest: Tim McCauley made a floater at the buzzer to give Panas a 51-49 win over visiting Peekskill. McCauley had 24 points, including two free throws with 15 seconds left. Peekskill’s Laron Holt hit a pair with less than four seconds remaining to tie it 49-49. … Rickey McGill scored 30 points in Spring Valley’s 83-61 win at Clarkstown North. It was coach Willie Worsley’s 200th’ career victory. … Andrew Groll had 27 points and 28 rebounds for Byram Hills in 62-46 win over Rye. … Joe Zayer hit a pullup jumper with seven seconds remaining in Clarkstown South’s 60-59 victory at Suffern. Tyler McDine’s jumpshot had given the Mounties a one-point lead seconds earlier. … Ryan McWilliams had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Tappan Zee in a 74-46 rout over Nanuet. … Jaleel Barr scored 10 points for Hamilton in a 52-35 win over Port Chester. … Eighth-grader Julian McGarvey scored a game-high 17 points for Ardsley in a 55-40 win over Westlake in his third varsity game. … Drew Valsaint and Mike Earlington each scored 13 points for North Rockland in a 66-64 win over Ramapo. … Jeffery Mercharles and Andre Morton each scored 16 points for Children’s Village in a 46-41 win over Solomon Schechter. … Jelani Bell-Isaac had 13 points and 15 rebounds in Putnam Valley’s 52-43 win over Lakeland. … Mark Kinnally scored 16 points and had eight rebounds for Valhalla in a 62-21 win over Hawthorne Cedar Knolls. … Chris Brandt had 19 points in Brewster’s 60-51 win over visiting John Jay.
Pearl River 57, Nyack 45
Children’s Village 46, Solomon Schechter 41
Hamilton 52, Port Chester 35
Valhalla 62, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls 21
Tappan Zee 74, Nanuet 46
Panas 51, Peekskill 49
Spring Valley 83, Clarkstown North 61
Putnam Valley 52, Lakeland 43
Byram Hills 62, Rye 46
Holy Cross 45, Iona Prep 33
Blind Brook 64, Rye Neck 58
Ardsley 55, Westlake 40
North Rockland 66, Ramapo 64
Rye Country Day 68, King 56
Clarkstown South 60, Suffern 59
Brewster 60, John Jay 51
North Salem 58, Pawling 43