It wasn’t on purpose, but Dan and I had the same picks on Tuesday. We both finished 4-1, and I’m pretty sure Chris Cascione is to blame/thanks for that. So thanks, Chris!
A great week of quarterfinals continues tonight with a quartet of Class A games. Here’s our take on each matchup:
Class A quarterfinals
No. 7 Beacon at No. 2 Panas, 6 p.m. –
Josh’s pick: Beacon, 67-64. Panas will need to get some points at the 3-point line and try to scrap for whatever points in can get the paint. Beacon has size, weapons, shooting, athleticism, and it will take a huge effort for Panas to win. I just think the Bulldogs have too much talent up and down their roster.
Dan’s pick: Panas, 63-60. The Panthers are giving up a lot of size to the Bulldogs, so they’ll need a big game out of Tyler Mason. If Panas can push the tempo, as its done all season, they should be able to tire out a Beacon team that’s not as deep.
No. 6 Tappan Zee at No. 3 Our Lady of Lourdes, 6:15 p.m. –
Josh’s pick: Tappan Zee, 53-48. In some ways, these teams are similar. They are not deep, they execute and they play hard. What separates Lourdes is Kyle Santoro, the best player on the court who creates by getting into the paint. TZ’s does its damage collectively, much of it from beyond on the 3-point line. Expect TZ to focus on stopping Santoro. The mission won’t be so clear for Lourdes.
Dan’s pick: Tappan Zee, 60-59. I was very impressed with Lourdes Kyle Santoro on Sunday. One of the better guards I’ve seen all season. That being said, I like this Tappan Zee team. The Dutchmen’s Luke McLaughlin and Ryan McWilliams should be able to control the paint against freshman James Anozie.
No. 12 Somers at No. 4 Harrison, 6:30 p.m. –
Josh’s pick: Harrison, 57-46. Somers will need its best to beat the Huskies, who have been the better team all season long. As long as Harrison can limit the damage done by Conor Cousin and Matt Moros at the 3-point line, it should win. The crowd should be very into it; the Huskies haven’t advanced to the final four in over 40 years.
Dan’s pick: Harrison, 64-60. The fact Somers has gotten increased production out of its bigs only spells good things for the Tuskers. However, I’m not sure that’ll continue to do so against a Huskies team that has a very solid front court. Somers also might have a tough time matching up with so many scoring options.
No. 8 Byram Hills at No. 1 Eastchester, 7 p.m. –
Josh’s pick: Eastchester, 81-62. I just don’t think Byram Hills has the firepower or protects the ball well enough to keep up with the Eagles. Eastchester doesn’t have a matchup for Andrew Groll, so expect the Eagles to push the pace even more and force the big man to play catch up all night.
Dan’s pick: Eastchester, 72-64. Two very contrasting styles. I just don’t think the Bobcats have the offense to keep up with the Eagles. Byram Hills will try and slow the game down, but Eastchester’s backcourt is too talented to let that happen.