Here is my story on Solomon Schechter’s thrilling overtime win against Yonkers Montessori.
Solomon Schecter freshman Jason Scheff hit a 14-foot jumper from the corner at the buzzer to give the Lions a 46-44 overtime win against visiting Yonkers Montessori.
Solomon Schechter coach Chris Delamonico said he had no problem having a freshman taking the potential game-winning shot.
“He’s started every game this season,” Delamonico said. “He’s one of the best pure shooters I’ve ever coached.”
The Lions’ Noah Goldberg made a layup with seven seconds left in overtime to tie the game at 44. Goldberg, who finished with 11 points, then stole the Eagles’ inbound pass and called a timeout with 4.8 seconds left.
In Solomon Schechter’s ensuing possession, Goldberg was immediately double teamed, but found an open Scheff (12 points) in the corner.
“(Scheff) has been hitting big shots for us all year,” Delamonico said.
Noah Dunn finished with 12 points in the win. The Eagles were led by Javon Cromwell’s 13 points. Spencer O’Donnell (12 points) and Philip Ladson (10 points) also reached double figures.
The win came on the Lions’ senior day as they honored Aaron Miller (seven points), Scott Graf and Jake Diamond prior to the start of the game.
Both teams traded the lead with Yonkers Montessori (3-12) holding a 24-17 advantage at the half.
“We just talked about chipping away one possession at a time,” said Delamonico of what he told his team at halftime.
With three freshman in their rotation, the young Lions (2-11) have struggled this season, especially late in games. Delamonico hopes winning a game in this fashion will prove to his team what they are capable of for its final stretch of games.
“I hope this win gives the kids the confidence to close out games,” Delamonico said.
Best of the rest: Taylor Miccio scored 34 points in Green Meadow Waldorf’s 75-51 win over visiting Newark Bridges. Lukas Chin added 11 points in the win. … Salim Green scored 31 points in Rye Country Day’s 74-69 win against visiting Brunswick. Tyler Fernandez added 14 points.
Green Meadow Waldorf 75, Newark Bridges 51
Solomon Schechter 46, Yonkers Montessori 44, OT
Rye Country Day 74, Brunswick 69