Joe Zayer scored with nine seconds left to give visiting Clarkstown South the a 72-70 win over Spring Valley Friday.
“We ran a little bit of a delay and there was 38 seconds left, it was a fresh shot clock,” Clarkstown South coach Matt Backs said. “We got it down to 13 seconds. We ran a ball screen play for Joe with the purpose to draw everyone so we can get Conor (McGuiness) a look. They let him (Zayer) drive it. Joe got to the paint and scored.
“It was really exciting. The kids did a great job executing and the end of the game. They have all year. It was really nice to go in and steal one from Spring Valley.”
In Backs’ four years Backs as Vikings coach, his squad has a .500 record against the Tigers.
“We’ve always played them very tough,” Backs said. “That’s a major accomplishment and a testament to our kids and the hard work they put in. The Tigers have two definite Division I kids. It says a lot about our kids are definitely ready to play at the next the level should they get that opportunity.”
Zayer (19 points) was in foul trouble most of the game.
“He had three fouls by the end of the first half,” Backs said. “He got his fourth early on in the third quarter and we had to sit him. We played Franco Cavaliere, who did a nice job on (Ricky) McGill. It allowed us to rest Joe and save him for the fourth.”
Kevin Martinez led the way for the Vikings (14-1) with 21 points. McGill scored 17 points for Spring Valley (11-4).
Best of the rest: Luis Cartagena had 31 points and 10 rebounds in Yorktown’s 59-56 victory over visiting Peekskill. Yorktown had lost to Peekskill 85-58 on Jan. 9. … James Johnson scored 15 points in Ossining’s 49-48 win over Mamaroneck. Dean DeLucia had 12 points and five steals for Mamaroneck. … Matt Franks had 14 points and eight rebounds in Rye Neck’s 61-35 win over Hawthorne Cedar Knolls. … Eli Sierra scored 23 points in Hamilton’s 53-32 win over Valhalla. … Kori Henriquez had 24 points in Port Chester’s 70-37 win at Keio. … Kevin Degnan scored 22 points in Pearl River’s 80-46 win over Albertus Magnus. Thomas Armour added 18 points and seven assists. … Max Pearce scored 24 points as Tuckahoe beat Edgemont 62-55 at Mount Vernon High School. … Tom Capuano had 26 points, Isaiah Ice had 15 and Qaadir Sheppard eight as Iona Prep won on the road at Fordham Prep, 51-42. … Naim Thomas finished with 33 points and Walter King had 18 in Stepinac’s 77-75 loss at home to Cardinal Hayes, the No. 1-ranked Class AA team in the state. The Crusaders had the ball down three points with 5.0 seconds remaining, but turned it over before attempting a shot. … Rashan McKay had 28 points to lead Gorton over Bronxville, 61-57. … Cameron Ciero’s three-point play with four seconds remaining in overtime lifted Horace Greeley to an upset win over Byram Hills, 53-52. … Salesian beat Regis 53-49 behind 14 points from J.J. Shilmoun and 14 points and 18 rebounds from Dami Apoeso. Anthony Montella added 11 points. … Darius Inzar had 13 points, Dan Ching had 12 and Will Balentine had 11 in Hackley’s 58-36 victory over Horace Mann. … Harrison’s Coby Lefkowitz had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Matt Stein added 14 points in a 59-56 win over visiting Palisade Prep. Isaiah Ward had 18 points to lead Palisade Prep, which missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie it. Kevin Sabino added 15 and Brandon Tate 11. … Dima Monaghan had 28 points in Brewster’s 63-48 defeat of Somers. Chris Brandt added 15 points. Donnell Patterson had eight assists. … Dayvon Felder had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Dyheim McMillan added 13 points in Saunders’ 63-56 victory over Riverside. The Blue Devils improved to 7-0 in their league and clinched at least a share of the league title. … Luke McLaughlin had 19 points and Ryan McWilliams added 16 in Tappan Zee’s 64-51 win over Nyack. TZ beat Nyack earlier this month on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. … Peter Hoffman had 43 points in Haldane’s 67-61 OT victory over Hen Hud. … James Morales had 13 points and Nic Bonura added 10 in Fox Lane’s 54-42 defeat of visiting Rye. Drew Abate had 14 to lead Rye. … Tyler Mason had 16 points and Tim McCauley added 10 as Panas held off Putnam Valley, 46-42. Ryan Basso led Putnam Valley with 14 points. Jelani Bell-Isaac added 12 and Zach Coleman 10. … Croton-Harmon won its eighth straight and pulled into a tie for first in its league by beating visiting Blind Brook 55-49. Patrick Gallagher led Croton with 17 points. Eddie Clark added 12 as nine Tigers scored. Kyle Mak led Blind Brook with 12 points. … Chris Jefferson had 16 points and Tyler McDine and Kevin Jefferson each added 12 points in Suffern’s 66-56 win over visiting Ramapo. Jordan Elysse had 15 to lead Ramapo.
Saunders 63, Riverside 56
Biondi 45, Yonkers Montessori 43
Ossining 49, Mamaroneck 48
Port Chester 70, Keio 37
Rye Neck 61, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls 35
Early College 58, North Salem 55
Gorton 61, Bronxville 57
Clarkstown South 72, Spring Valley 70
Tappan Zee 64, Nyack 51
Hamilton 53, Valhalla 52
Panas 46, Putnam Valley 44
Brewster 63, Somers 48
Fox Lane 54, Rye 42
Horace Greeley 53, Byram Hills 52 (OT)
Yorktown 59, Peekskill 56
Harrison 59, Palisade Prep 56
Haldane 67, Hen Hud 61 (OT)
Dobbs Ferry 60, Hastings 54
Pearl River 80, Albertus Magnus 46
Croton-Harmon 55, Blind Brook 49
Scarsdale 72, Pelham 64
Suffern 66, Ramapo 56
Salesian 53, Regis 49
Iona Prep 51, Fordham Prep 42
Cardinal Hayes 77, Stepinac 75
Hackley 58, Horace Mann 36
John Jay 54, Lakeland 48
Mount Vernon Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Mount Vernon 54, White Plains 50
Tuckahoe 62, Edgemont 55