Section 1 teams are at, or near, the midway point in their seasons. Today, Dan and I will breakdown who’s done what so far in each class and look ahead to who we like and what questions still need to be answered going forward.
We will look at the landscape in Class AA, A, B and C throughout the day today, including our favorites, contenders, dark horses, midseason all-stars, MVPs and more.
In this video, we hash out our thoughts about the teams in Class B:
Class B Midseason All-Stars
First team —
Zach Coleman, Sr., Putnam Valley
Matt Franks, Sr., Rye Neck
Jamil Gambari, Jr., Woodlands
Jeff Visoky, Sr., Blind Brook
Isaiah Ward, Sr., Palisade Prep
Second team —
Ryan Basso, Jr., Putnam Valley
Jelani Bell-Isaac, Sr., Putnam Valley
Mike Macchia, Sr., Irvington
Francesco Scioscia, Sr., Hastings
Abdoulaye Sow, Sr., Woodlands
Kevin Tierney, Sr., Irvington
MVP: Isaiah Ward, Sr., Palisade Prep. Ward is one of the section’s best wing players and the type of talent who can dominate in a number of ways. If the Phoenix reach the County Center and contender for another gold ball, he’ll be the reason why.
Most improved: Mike Macchia, Sr., Irvington. You can’t help but root for players like Macchia. The burly forward has worked hard to shed nearly 50 pounds and develop his skills. That combination has helped him round into one of the better rebounders and finishers in Class B. No surprise that his development has coincided with Irvington’s return to the elite.
Best newcomer: Teejay Searight, Croton-Harmon. In a class dominated by teams with strong senior leadership, the 5-foot-7 junior has been one of the few newcomers to contribute at a very high level. His 9.8 ppg rank second on the Tigers, who are off to a strong 7-3 start.
Coach of the year: Bob Murphy, Woodlands. Irvington’s Mike Auerbach, Blind Brook’s Mike Welsh and Rye Neck’s Shawn Lincoln have all done a terrific job turning their teams into contenders, but Murphy gets the nod for now. The Falcons have evolved from a team that lost in the first round last year and was hit fairly hard by graduation into the Class B favorite. They beat Pearl River and Putnam Valley and have played White Plains and Peekskill (2x) very tough.