BEACON — For Putnam Valley, Peekskill and Arlington, having no time to prepare for Saturday’s games meant something else: They also had no time to remember what happened Friday. For Clarkstown South, the 24-hour stretch was one it won’t soon forget.
All four teams emerged victorious Saturday at Beacon High School in the coaches association’s annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Week Classic.
The only team to win both Friday and Saturday was Clarkstown South, which rallied from an early 12-point deficit to beat host Beacon 77-73 behind 24 points and five rebounds from MVP Joe Zayer and 22 points and nine rebounds from senior Kevin Martinez.
Both players scored 43 points apiece in road wins over Spring Valley and Beacon.
“I’m happy it’s over because we played two great teams in two days,” said Zayer, who hit the winning layup Friday night. “We’re very happy we got the two wins.”
Putnam Valley was simply satisfied with revenge. The Tigers not only lost by a basket to Panas Friday night, they were humbled by Lourdes last year in the Class B semifinals.
Junior Ryan Basso earned MVP honors as his team beat the Warriors 66-62 in the rematch.
“We wanted to come back and beat them today,” said Basso, whose team had an eight-game win streak halted Friday. “We wanted to get revenge.”
Arlington earned a share of its own revenge, beating Mahopac 56-55 in overtime thanks to a go-ahead 3-pointer by Dan Schweitzer. MVP David Verdis (19 points) banked in two 3s in the final 1:19 of regulation to erase a six-point deficit — one of them at the buzzer.
Mahopac, which beat Arlington twice in overtime to advance to the County Center the past two seasons, actually had a chance after Chris Ersenio hit a 3 with 1.8 remaining in overtime. The Admirals were whistled for a control foul on the ensuing inbound. Mahopac inbouded from its baseline, but Brandon Tobin blocked a jump shot by R.J. Martinez (19 points) to end it.
Peekskill showed more glimpses of its ceiling on Saturday, beating Poughkeepsie 69-57 behind 25 points and seven rebounds from MVP Neorck Brown. The senior had 14 points in the first quarter as the feast-or-famine Red Devils returned to the court after losing to Yorktown Friday night.
They beat the Huskers by 27 on Jan. 9, but their season continues to encounter obstacles. Coach Lou Panzanaro missed a week for undisclosed reasons — something he termed a “misjudgement” — and starting center Musheed Muhammad (ankle) missed his second straight game due to injury.
Still, Peekskill forced 30 turnovers and had four players score in double figures, hinting again at untapped potential.
“I don’t know the answer,” a happy-but-befuddled Panzanaro said. “I think we should’ve won every game.”