I was fantastic last week, going a perfect 5-0, as I picked up a game on Josh, who incorrectly predicted Lourdes to defeat Putnam Valley.
Sectionals might be right around the corner, but we still have one week left in the regular season and boy is it a dandy. Each game has it’s own set of story lines.
Here’s a look at who we like this week:
2013-14 Records —
Josh: 32-9 (4-1 last week)
Dan: 31-10 (5-0 last week)
Panas at Peekskill, 6:15 p.m.—
Josh’s pick: Panas, 55-51. I really don’t know what to think about this one. Panas has certainly had the better season at this point, but it just pulled out the win against Peekskill at home on Tim McCauley’s buzzer beater. Having said that, I’m still not convinced Peekskill is headed in the right direction, but Panas definitely is. It won’t be easy, but I like the Panthers to sweep.
Dan’s pick: Peekskill, 66-60. On paper, Panas should win this game. The Panthers have been more consistent and already beat the Red Devils—regardless of how—earlier this season. Still, if there was ever a game for Peekskill to get it together, it would be this one. I was there last season when the Red Devils went into Panas and came away with a win after losing their first meeting. I think they bring that same fire again.
New Rochelle at Mount Vernon, 4:15 p.m.—
Josh’s pick: Mount Vernon, 66-58. New Rochelle led for much of the game when these teams met last week, which was somewhat stunning for a team that had struggled so mightily this month. Mount Vernon seems to have trouble putting away teams capable of playing good defense because of its shooting woes, but I’d expect a better effort at home in the rematch. Unlike White Plains, which has the shooters to keep it close, I don’t think New Ro can muster the offense to keep up if Mount Vernon pushes the score into the 60s.
Dan’s pick: Mount Vernon, 57-53. This Knights team just doesn’t have the offensive fire power to blow teams out. Mount Vernon’s relied on their defense, front court and deep bench all season, and that’s not about to change now. As good as the Huguenots played the Knights last week, I don’t think the Knights will let one slip away at home.
Eastchester at Woodlands, 6 p.m.—
Josh’s pick: Eastchester, 85-78. There’s no reason to think Eastchester will lose, but Woodlands has been through the ringer and back. It will not be intimidated to play another top team. On top of that, the Falcons are one of the few teams capable of scoring with Eastchester. I just don’t think they quite have the depth to finish off the upset.
Dan’s pick: Eastchester, 80-71. Is Eastchester the best team no one’s talking about? In a jumbled Class A, the Eagles have continued to widen the gap from the rest of the class. Enter Woodlands, who has played its fair share of large schools, and not shied away from it. The Eagles won by nine at home against the Falcons earlier this season, and while I like Woodlands, I don’t see them getting a victory here.
Harrison at Fox Lane, 5:30 p.m.—
Josh’s pick: Fox Lane, 55-50. With a couple hiccups in recent weeks, it’s seems Fox Lane might be ripe for an upset. Harrison is certainly capable of pulling one off, and I’d probably pick the Huskies if they were playing at home. But Fox Lane’s crowd has been a major edge this season.
Dan’s pick: Fox Lane, 60-55. Josh took the words right off my keyboard. This season there might not be a tougher place to play in the section than Fox Lane. The student section comes out in full force, and should be ready to go for this one. Add in the fact that the Foxes have put forth some strong results after nearly getting upset by Horace Greeley, and it seems like a tough task for Harrison.
Stepinac at Iona Prep, 7:30 p.m.—
Josh’s pick: Stepinac, 60-57. The last game was strange in the sense that Stepinac probably should’ve put Iona Prep away earlier, but did play well down the stretch to close the Gaels out. Iona had a very good win on the road Friday night at Fordham, a team that beat Stepinac soundly earlier this season. Still, I think the Crusaders have clearly improved in the last two weeks. Their current level of play should be enough to hold off Iona in its gym, but homecourt will make it tightly contested.
Dan’s pick: Stepinac, 72-65. The Crusaders seem like a different team over the past two weeks. While the Gaels have been able to keep their heads above water without two of their best players, it just seems like the tide has turned. Stepinac has turned a corner and seems ready to complete the season sweep.