After not beating Peekskill for 16 years, Panas has now won three of four, including its last two at Peekskill. Below is my story on Tuesday night’s game. Tim McCauley was fantastic, Tom Parish couldn’t miss and Tyler Mason and Mike Evans were dominant in the paint. Parish also credited the passing of Tommy Frost. As you can tell, there were plenty of contributors tonight for the Panthers.
The win kept Panas alive in the league title race. Putnam Valley has clinched a share of the league title, but Panas can earn itself a share by beating Yorktown Friday and having Peekskill beat Putnam Valley.
PEEKSKILL — Panas waited 16 years to beat Peekskill before ending that skid last year. Now, the Panthers did themselves one better – and this time it required no controversy or dramatic shots, leaving no question about who was deserving of what.
Panas was superior in every facet of the game and soundly beat Peekskill 67-53 behind 25 points from Tim McCauley. The senior point guard had burned the Red Devils with a controversial floater at the buzzer last month at Panas, meaning Tuesday’s win finished a season sweep of their league rival.
“Even though this might not be one of their typical Peekskill teams, we still get fired up when we see the name on the front,” Panas coach Shawn Sullivan said. “We want to prove we’re as good as this elite program.”
McCauley and fellow senior Tom Parish fueled an effort that proved exactly that. They hit five 3-pointers in the the first half to put the Panthers (13-4) in front 29-24, and Parish, who had 17 points, added three more 3’s in the third quarter as his team extended the lead to 56-39.
“We were feeling it a little bit and we were getting good passes from Tommy (Frost),” said Parish, who hit five 3’s earlier this season at Lakeland. “He was dishing them out good tonight.”
Tyler Mason and Mike Evans combined to protect the rim and the glass against Peekskill (9-7), which was led by 16 points from Chavis Pigott and 14 from Neorck Brown.
Panas found itself fueled by Saturday’s home loss to rival Lakeland in the Giglio Games. McCauley said the players grew a little overconfident after beating Putnam Valley on Friday night.
“That was probably one of our best losses,” McCauley said. “After that game, we were all fired up. We knew we had to turn our season back around.”
Although the loss continued Peekskill’s shocking slide, it did include one bright spot. Stepping on the floor for the first time ever, former team manager Elijah Dabbs sank a 3-pointer on his first shot attempt, sending the home crowd into a frenzy with about a minute to play.
“That was almost worth the loss,” Peekskill coach Lou Panzanaro said.