I heading down to Armonk to check out the Bobcats take on Sleepy Hollow. While the game might have been a bit ugly, it certainly didn’t lack in excitement.
First, here is video of Sleepy Hollow’s final possession in the final 30 seconds.
ARMONK With the heat not working in Byram Hill’s gym Monday, the cold outside temperature could be felt during the Bobcats’ Class A first-round game against Sleepy Hollow.
The weather wasn’t the only reason for the chilly feeling on the court, as both teams struggled to produce offensively.
Despite its shooting woes, No. 8 Byram Hills secured a 38-37 win against No. 24 Sleepy Hollow.
The win sets up a quarterfinal game at No. 1 Eastchester Wednesday at 7 p.m. It was also the final game for Sleepy Hollow head coach Rob Rizzo, who announced he would be stepping down.
The Bobcats needed a fourth-quarter comeback to secure the lead and withstand the Headless Horsemen’s final possession, which included five opportunities at a game-winning shot.
In the end, Byram Hills’ defense prevailed in a low-scoring game, a common theme this season.
“This year we were like, ya know, we are going to grind teams out,” said Bobcats’ senior guard Mike Giacomo, who finished with 13 points and three steals. “We’re going to grind teams out to the end and get a win, and that’s what we did today.”
It was a necessary change for a team that graduated nearly 80 percent of its scoring from last season.
With the exception of 6-foot-7 junior Andrew Groll (seven points, 15 rebounds), Byram Hills has no defined playmaker on offense.
“We’re definitely more of a defensive-minded team,” Bobcats coach Ted Repa said “We have one major offensive threat and then it’s kind of like depending on the day how it goes.”
Byram Hills (15-3) controlled the majority of game until Nick Arduino (13 points) hit a 3 with four minutes remaining to give Sleepy Hollow (7-13) a 35-34 lead, its first since going up 2-0 in the opening minute.
Headless Horsemen forward Adam Laub (10 points, seven rebounds, three assists) added another bucket to cap a 10-0 run that made it 37-34 Sleepy Hollow with three minutes remaining.
“I was nervous that we were going to start to panic,” Repa said. “I was like, guys relax. It’s a one possession game.”
Byram Hills made a 4-0 run thanks to a Brandon Sencer scoring a layup in transition off a Groll block immediately followed by Giacomo getting a steal and finding David Lachs (eight points, five assists) to make it 38-37.
Sleepy Hollow couldn’t convert on the next possession, but drew an offensive foul to get the ball back with 25 seconds left. The Headless Horsemen then had five chances at a game-winning shot, but couldn’t score.
Byram Hills will head to Eastchester and look to advance to the semifinals for the fourth-straight season.
“I think the pressure is off now,” Repa said. “Eastchester is a high-scoring, pressing team that’s going to shoot a lot of 3s. Obviously, we have to slow it down and make it a half-court game.”
Byram Hills 38, Sleepy Hollow 37: In a Class A first-round game at No. 8 Byram Hills, Mike Giacomo had 13 points and three steals. David Lachs added seven points and five rebounds. Nick Arduino added 13 points for the No. 24 Headless Horsemen. The Bobcats will head to No. 1 Eastchester Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Tappan Zee 56, Poughkeepsie 51: In a Class A first-round game at No. 6 Tappan Zee, Ryan McWilliams had 24 points and 15 rebounds. Phil Powers chipped in 12 points. Luke McLaughlin added 13 points and six rebounds. Malik Williams led Poughkeepsie with 17 points. Otis Elvy had 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Dutchmen will head to No. 3 Lourdes Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
Section 1 tournament
Byram Hills 38, Sleepy Hollow 37
Tappan Zee 56, Poughkeepsie 51
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 at No. 3 Our Lady of Lourdes, 6:15 p.m.
No. 12 Somers at No. 4 Harrison, 6:30 p.m.
No. 8 Byram Hills 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, TBD