So I left the wife and baby at home this afternoon to stop by Woodlands High School and hit the grocery store on the way home. That was the deal. Well, not only did I stay for four crazy quarters and OT, I never did make it to the store.
What a riveting game for a Sunday afternoon, especially considering it had league title implications but little else at stake for the two teams. Instead, the meeting of Class A and B favorites (or, at the very least, contenders) turned into an instant classic. Woodlands looked every bit like a Class B powerhouse. But Eastchester — even without sophomore star Benny DiMirco — rallied back from 15 points down to send it to overtime.
How improbable was it? The Eagles trailed 74-68 with 14.8 seconds left…and won. The probability would’ve been about 0.001 percent.
The game somewhat overshadowed the comeback-that-almost-was at Tappan Zee, which lost 10 points of a 12-point lead in the final minute and had to survive three free throw attempts by Thomas Armour in the final seconds. Had Armour hit all three, Pearl River would’ve sent the game to OT. Instead, his missed the first, made the second and missed the third on purpose. TZ rebounded and escaped with a key victory after it suffered an embarrassing loss to the rival Pirates in their gym late last month.
Yes, folks: What a Sunday.
GREENBURGH Set to open the Class A playoffs Friday night, likely as the top seed, Eastchester wanted to beat Woodlands for an outright league title Sunday. It just didn’t need to.
“A loss wasn’t going to be the end of the world for us,” coach Fred DiCarlo said.
Eastchester played its regular season finale with its typical maximum effort anyway, rallying from a 15-point deficit with three minutes left to shock Woodlands 82-79 in overtime.
“That was solely on effort and heart,” DiCarlo said.
Seniors Jack Daly (32 points), Mike Milo (29) and Nick Campana (11) led the comeback from a 66-51 deficit that was still 74-68 with 14.8 to play when Campana was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. He hit two of three, Daly scored off a turnover and then sank a pair of free throws after another to tie it 74-74 with 7.0 to play.
Woodlands missed a pair of free throws after a foul just before the buzzer. Daly’s layup broke a tie with 33.8 to go in OT. After two more free throws by Daly, Woodlands missed a tying 3-point attempt.
The Eagles (16-2) played most of the game without sophomore Benny DiMirco, who sprained his ankle on a 3-point shot in the first quarter and did not return.
“My gut tells me if we were in a playoff game he could’ve come back,” DiCarlo said. “I wasn’t going to take a chance.”
Brandon Johnson led the Falcons (13-5) with 23. Abdoulaye Sow added 15. Jamil Gambari had 14 points, but sat for much of the second half and OT.
Best of the rest: Kyle Peterson had 15 points for Tappan Zee in a 63-61 win over Pearl River, which shaved 10 points off a 12-point deficit in the final minute. Teammates Luke McLaughlin and Ryan McWilliams each added 14. Kevin Degnan scored 32 points for Pearl River. … Jordan Tucker had 15 points for White Plains in a 66-41 victory at Sacred Heart. Teammate Mike DeMello added 14 and Justin Tapper had 10. Arjon Beqiri had 27 points for Sacred Heart.