Here is my story on Panas holding on to win against North Salem, along with the rest of today’s results.
Panas was able to withstand a late rally by North Salem to hold on for a 49-46 win on the road.
Tyler Mason made a layup off an inbound pass from Tom Frost with 17 seconds left to give the Panthers a 47-46 lead.
Mason’s last-second bucket helped the Panthers (11-3) avoid a huge collapse. The Tigers (5-8) held a 34-19 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“It’s not a beauty contest,” Panas coach Shawn Sullivan said. “At the end of the season an ugly win still counts in the win column.”
The Tigers tied the game at 43 with 1:20 left. Mason (14 points, eight rebounds) made a 14-foot jumper from the wing to give Panas a 45-43 lead with just over a minute left.
North Salem’s Thomas Bond (23 points) nailed a 3 to give the Tigers a 46-45 lead with 40 seconds left.
But Frost (eight points) found Mason under the basket for the game winner.
On the ensuing North Salem possession, Panas’ Tim McCauley (seven points) stole the ball with five seconds remaining, was fouled, and knocked down two free throws. North Salem had a chance to tie the game with 1.9 second left but couldn’t.
Sullivan credited Tigers’ coach Henry Sassone for having his team slow the pace of the game, something the Panthers aren’t accustomed to.
“That was the slowest paced game we’ve played all year,” Sullivan said. “If teams are going to take air out of ball we need to be able to adjust.”
Best of the rest: Andrew Groll had 14 points in Byram Hills’ 67-22 rout at Valhalla. … Tommy Keane had eight points in visiting Stepinac B’s 49-36 win over Iona Prep B. … Isaiah Ward had 26 points and 19 rebounds in Palisade Prep’s 82-47 rout over visiting Greenburgh. … Andre Carthorn had 17 points and four steals and Calvin Walters had 15 points and eight rebounds as Clark Academy topped visiting Solomon Schechter 58-52. … Matt Moros had 13 points in Somers’ 62-40 loss at Carmel.
Mount Vernon 54, New Rochelle 50
Byram Hills 67, Valhalla 22
Croton-Harmon 52, Hamilton 38
Panas 49, North Salem 46
Stepinac B 49, Iona Prep B 36
Carmel 62, Somers 40
Palisade Prep 82, Greenburgh 47
Briarcliff 49, Pleasantville 45
Clark 58, Solomon Schechter 52
North Rockland 78, Suffern 62