It’s been a busy day, but so far there have only been a couple upsets—and both in Class A. No. 5 Saunders fell to No. 12 Somers and No. 9 Peekskill was upset by No. 24 Sleepy Hollow in an outbracket game.
The Peekskill loss marks the end of Lou Panzanaro’s storied career. He will go out as the area’s winningest boys coach, although I’m sure this one stings. Peekskill began the season as one of the favorites to win the gold ball, but never seemed to find any rhythm whatsoever.
In CHSAA action, Stepinac was beat 73-45 by Iona Prep in the CHSAA AA Archdiocesan quarterfinals at St. Ray’s. Sophomore point guard Ty Jerome returned and what a difference he made. The Gaels had lost both regular season meetings with Stepinac, but both without Jerome.
As the results come in, Dan and I will add to this post.
Dan here. Below are stories from the Lourdes-Nyack and Beacon-Pearl River game I went to today, in addition to a story about Somers’ upset of Saunders.
SOMERS 54, SAUNDERS 51
YONKERS Thanks to a strong effort from its bigs, No. 12 Somers secured a 54-51 win at No. 5 Saunders in the first round of the Class A playoffs Sunday.
Forwards Max Parks (12 points) and Josh Riger (eight points) each contributed big buckets that helped the Tuskers get out to an early lead and weather a late Blue Devils run.
Somers will play at No. 4 Harrison Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
The Blue Devils also got contributions from its backcourt of Matt Moros (15 points) and Conor Cousin (10 points), but Somers coach Chris DiCintio said the play of Parks, Riger and Matt Arita were key to the victory.
“Their leadership, determination and focus was very important,” DiCintio said.
Derrick Felder had 23 points for Saunders. Anthony Miller added 13.
Saunders cut into Somers’ lead late, but the Tuskers battled back to build up their lead down the stretch.
“We bend but we don’t break,” DiCintio said. “When our backs are against the wall we tend to rise to the occasion.”
BEACON 72, PEARL RIVER 64
BEACON A defensive adjustment at halftime and consistent scoring in the final 10 minutes helped No. 7 Beacon to a 72-64 win over visiting No. 10 Pearl River in the first round of the Class A playoffs.
Beacon will head to No. 2 Panas Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a shot at a trip to the County Center on the line.
Elijah Hughes led the way with 25 points for Beacon. Tony Romanelli added 20 points. Tyree Burns chipped in 12.
There was no defining run for the Bulldogs, who were able to slowly start to build their lead late in the third and through the fourth.
“It was a little bit of a slow bleed,” Pearl River coach Jerry Houston Jr. said. “It wasn’t like, bang it’s 10. It kind of like, 3, 2, 5, 4, 6. It didn’t seem like there was one thing. Kind of like a cumulative effect of a bunch of different things.”
Kevin Degnan led the Pirates with 26 points. Teammates Jack Byrnes (17) and Tom Armour (16) also scored in double figures.
Degnan had a hot start to the game, scoring 20 points in the first half alone. The Fairfield-bound senior was quiet the remainder of the game, as he was held to just six points in the second half after the Bulldogs switched to a box-and-one defense keyed on the 6-foot-8 star.
“We should have gotten him the ball more in better scoring positions,” Houston said.
The game wasn’t without controversy, as twice in the second half there was a delay due to a discrepancy with the score. First, toward the end of the third quarter the game was delayed nearly 15 minutes due to a difference between the scorekeeper’s book and the scoreboard. In the end, the Bulldogs were awarded a point, making it 42-42 with 2:49 remaining in the quarter.
Early in the fourth there was a second discrepancy between the scoreboard and book after Beacon had apparently been given an extra point.
Beacon coach Tom Powers was adamant in supporting his scorekeeper.
“My scorekeeper hasn’t made a mistake all year,” Powers said. “She’s been great all year. It was just very, very unusual.”
LOURDES 63, NYACK 53
POUGHKEEPSIE A hot start couldn’t lead Nyack to victory, as the No. 19 Indians fell at No. 3 Lourdes 63-53 Sunday in a first-round game.
Nyack hit four 3s to jump out to an early lead, but the Warriors were able to battle back and trailed only 19-16 after the first quarter.
The Indians dominance on the boards allowed them to maintain a 29-28 lead at halftime.
“Nyack is a very good team,” Lourdes coach Jim Santoro said. “They came into this game with upset on their mind.”
The second half proved to be a different story though, as the Warriors benefitted from a strong showing on the offensive glass.
Lourdes guard Kyle Santoro (33 points, six assists, two steals) scored 21 of his points in the second half.
“He took over the game,” Jim Santoro said. “He knows how to win games. … He controls the tempo of the game for us. When he’s controlling the tempo the rest of the team just sort of falls in line.”
Teammate Justin Rhynders had 18 points and five steals. Freshman James Anozie had four blocks.
Ethan Smith Jr.’s 16 points led Nyack. Smith also had four rebounds and two assists. Jahnai Henry added 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
While coach Ethan Smith will lose Henry, Barry Battle (five points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Chris Pierson (four points, two rebounds) to graduation, he does return a core group of players that should benefit from the experience.
“Playing in this atmosphere is only going to help you going forward,” Smith said. “You need to be in these types of games to be understand how to handle it in the future.”
CHSAA AA Archdiocesan quarterfinals
Iona Prep 73, Stepinac 45: In a CHSAA AA Archdiocesan quarterfinal at St. Ray’s, Isaiah Ice had 24 points, five rebounds and six assists for the fifth-seeded Gaels, which avenged two regular season losses to their rival. Tom Capuano added 17 points and starting point guard Ty Jerome had nine points, four rebounds and five assists in his return after missing the last nine games (including both Stepinac losses) because of torn ligaments in his right hand. Walter King led No. 4 Stepinac with 13 points. Iona Prep will play No. 1 Cardinal Hayes in Tuesday’s night’s semifinals at Mount St. Michael at either 6 of 7:45 p.m.
Class AA first round
New Rochelle 45, Mamaroneck 35: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 8 Mamaroneck, Justin Alleyne had 15 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the ninth-seeded Huguenots. Derek Dorn had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals. Will Giddon and Kumar Nambiar each had 10 points to lead Mamaroneck, which shot just 9 for 37 from the field (24 percent) and 0 for 10 from the 3-point line. New Rochelle will play at No. 1 Mount Vernon on Thursday at 5 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s Class AA championship, which was won by New Rochelle at the buzzer.
Mount Vernon 74, North Rockland 46: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 1 Mount Vernon, Brandon Martin had 16 points and six rebounds, Judah Alexander had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and Marquis Henry scored 15 points off the bench. Mike Earlington had 14 points to lead No. 17 North Rockland. Mount Vernon will host No. 9 New Rochelle on Thursday at 5 p.m in the Class AA quarterfinals.
Mahopac 60, Suffern 53: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 5 Mahopac, Ryan Simone had 23 points and nine rebounds. R.J. Martinez had 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. The Indians shot 16 for 17 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. They will travel to No. 4 Fox Lane on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Class AA quarterfinals.
Fox Lane 59, Clarkstown North 47: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 4 Fox Lane, Nic Bonura had 23 points and hit six 3-pointers. James Morales added 16 points. Matt Dabrowski had 15 for No. 20 Clarkstown North. Jeremy Becker added 10. Fox Lane will host No. 5 Mahopac on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Class AA quarterfinals.
Arlington 73, Ossining 62: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 7 Arlington, David Verdis had 19 points on the strength of 13-for-19 shooting at the line. Brendan Sunday and Kyle Flanagan each added 15 points for the Admirals, who will visit No. 2 Clarkstown South on Thursday in the Class AA quarterfinals. Ivan Iton led No. 10 Ossining with 22 points. James Johnson added 16 and Brandon Gomez had 12.
White Plains 59, Ketcham 35: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 3 White Plains, Jordan Tucker had 19 points and Mike DeMello had 15. They combined to hit six 3-pointers for the Tigers, who will host No. 6 Spring Valley on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. in the Class AA quarterfinals. White Plains limited Ketcham to just two points and led 15-2 after one quarter. The Tigers also held Ketcham’s leading scorer, Joey Flanagan, to six points.
Harrison 60, John Jay 48: In a Class A first-round game at No. 4 Harrison, Matt Stein had 22 points, Coby Lefkowitz had 15 and Joe Nannariello had 10 to help the Huskies recover from an early defiict. Phil Toon scored 11 to lead No. 13 John Jay. Harrison will host No. 12 Somers on Wednesday, likely at 6:15 p.m., in a Class A quarterfinal.
Eastchester 84, Rye 51: In a Class A first-round game at No. 1 Eastchester, Nick Campana had 23 points and Jack Daly added 20. The Eagles will host the winner of No. 8 Byram Hills and No. 24 Sleepy Hollow on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Class A quarterfinals.
Lourdes 63, Nyack 53: In a Class A first-round game at No. 3 Lourdes, Ethan Smith Jr. had 16 points, four rebounds and two assists for the No. 19 Indians. Jahnai Henry added 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Kyle Santoro had 33 points, six assists and two steals for Lourdes. The Warriors will host No. 6 Tappan Zee/No. 11 Poughkeepsie Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Beacon 72, Pearl River 64: In a Class A first-round game at No. 7 Beacon, Kevin Degnan had 26 points. Jack Byrnes added 17 points. Elijah Hughes had 25 points for Beacon. The Bulldogs will head to No. 2 Panas Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Somers 54, Saunders 51: In a Class A first-round game at No. 5 Saunders, Matthew Moros scored 15 points for the No. 12 Tuskers. Max Parks added 12 points. Derrick Felder had 23 points for the Blue Devils. Somers heads to No. 4 Harrison Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Panas 70, Riverside 53: In a Class A first-round game at No. 2 Panas, Tom Parrish, Tim McCauley, Brandon Collins and Tyler Mason all had 15 points each. Tom Frost chipped in 10 points. The Panthers will host No. 7 Beacon Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Class A outbracket round
Poughkeepsie 67, Nanuet 58: In a Class A outbracket game at No. 11 Poughkeepsie, sophomore Troy Schoonmaker scored 16 points in his varsity debut. Malik Williams added 13 points and Caval Haylett had 10 for the Pioneers, who will visit No. 6 Tappan Zee at 2 p.m. Monday in the Class A first round. Mike Mulligan led No. 22 Nanuet with 17 points. Shawn Celestin added 16.
Sleepy Hollow 60, Peekskill 57: In a Class A outbracket game at No. 9 Peekskill, Nick Arduino had 27 points for No. 24 Sleepy Hollow. Alex Laub added 13 points and 15 rebounds. Henry Hargitai chipped in 11 points. The Headless Horsemen will head to No. 8 Byram Hills Monday at 1 p.m. in a first-round game.
Class B first round
Briarcliff 54, Valhalla 43: In a Class B first-round game at No. 8 Valhalla, No. 9 Briarcliff outscored the Vikings 22-11 in the fourth quarter. Freshman Jack Reish and Jeff Blair scored 12 points apiece for the Bears. Sean Crowley added 11. Mark Kinnally had 13 points to lead Valhalla, which was outscored 22-11 in the fourth quarter. Briarcliff will play at No. 1 Irvington on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Class B quarterfinals.
Blind Brook 76, Yonkers Montessori 38: In a Class B first-round game at No. 2 Blind Brook, Cal Snisky and Ryan Schaenman had 16 points apiece for the Trojans, who will host No. 7 Rye Neck Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Class B quarterfinals.
Palisade Prep 64, Westlake 46: In a Class B first-round game at No. 3 Palisade Prep, senior Isaiah Ward had 18 points and 12 rebounds, including the 1,000th point of his career. Kevin Sabino added 16 points and Brandon Tate had 14. The Phoenix will host the winner of No. 6 Woodlands and No. 11 Dobbs Ferry on Tuesday in a Class B quarterfinal.
Woodlands 63, Dobbs Ferry 52: In a Class B first-round game at No. 6 Woodlands, Brandon Johnson scored 19 points to lead four Falcons in double figures. Pierre Lys had 13 and Jamil Gambari and Ross Joseph each had 11. Dan Foresti led No. 11 Dobbs Ferry with 19 points. Woodlands will travel to No. 3 Palisade Prep Tuesday night in the Class B quarterfinals.
Rye Neck 58, North Salem 39: In a Class B first-round game at No. 7 Rye Neck, Matt Franks had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Pennell added 17 points and six assists. Todd Beyer led No. 10 North Salem with 11 points. Rye Neck will visit No. 2 Blind Brook on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Croton-Harmon 60, Bronxville 53: In a Class B first-round game at No. 5 Croton, Peter Dinger had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Tigers. Teejay Searight added 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Charlie Tarry had 13 points to lead No. 12 Bronxville. Croton will visit No. 4 Putnam Valley on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Putnam Valley 57, Pleasantville 28: In a Class B first-round game at No. 4 Putnam Valley, Zach Coleman had 23 points for the Tigers, who will host No. 5 Croton-Harmon on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Class B quarterfinals. Jelani Bell-Isaac had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Ryan Basso added 10 points. James Leyden led No. 13 Pleasantville with 15 points, 12 of which he scored in the third quarter.
Arlington 73, Ossining 62
Mount Vernon 74, North Rockland 46
New Rochelle 45, Mamaroneck 35
Mahopac 60, Suffern 53
Spring Valley 71, Carmel 62
Fox Lane 59, Clarkstown North 47
White Plains 59, Ketcham 35
Clarkstown South 74, Scarsdale 70
Poughkeepsie 67, Nanuet 58
Sleepy Hollow 60, Peekskill 57
Our Lady of Lourdes 63, Nyack 53
Harrison 60, John Jay 48
Beacon 72, Pearl River 64
Panas 70, Riverside 53
Eastchester 84, Rye 51
Somers 54, Saunders 51
Rye Neck 58, North Salem 39
Croton-Harmon 60, Bronxville 53
Woodlands 63, Dobbs Ferry 52
Briarcliff 54, Valhalla 43
Palisade Prep 64, Westlake 46
Blind Brook 76, Yonkers 38
CHSAA AA Archdiocesan
Iona Prep 73, Stepinac 45
No. 24 Sleepy Hollow at No. 8 Byram Hills, 1 p.m.
No. 11 Poughkeepsie at No. 6 Tappan Zee, 2 p.m.
No. 6 Woodlands at No. 3 Palisade Prep, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Rye Neck at No. 2 Blind Brook, 6:30 p.m.
No. 9 Briarcliff at No. 1 Irvington, 6:30 p.m.
No. 5 Croton-Harmon at No. 4 Putnam Valley, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Beacon at No. 2 Panas, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Tappan Zee/No. 11 Poughkeepsie winner at No. 3 Our Lady of Lourdes, 6:15 p.m.
No. 12 Somers at No. 4 Harrison, 6:15 p.m.
No. 8 Byram Hills/No. 24 Sleepy Hollow at No. 1 Eastchester, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Spring Valley at No. 3 White Plains, 4:15 p.m.
No. 9 New Rochelle at No. 1 Mount Vernon, 5 p.m.
No. 5 Mahopac at No. 4 Fox Lane, 6 p.m.
No. 7 Arlington vs. No. 2 Clarkstown South/No. 15 Scarsdale winner, TBD