Here is my story on Panas punching its ticket to the County Center with a win over Beacon.
First, here is a video of Panthers seniors Timmy McCauley and Tyler Mason discussing the win.
CORTLANDT MANOR There is an unmistakable amount of pride in Panas’ Timmy McCauley’s voice when he talks about representing his school on the basketball court
That’s why it was McCauley’s goal to do everything in his power to keep the Panthers’ season going entering Wednesday’s game against visiting Beacon in the Class A quarterfinals.
“No one has respected Panas in so long,” McCauley said. “I just wanted to come here and prove that we are something this year.”
McCauley and the Panthers did just that, as No. 2 Panas defeated No. 7 Beacon 63-51.
McCauley had a game-high 25 points to lead the Panthers to their first trip to the semifinals since 2008. Panas will face No. 6 Tappan Zee Wednesday at the County Center at 4:45 p.m..
McCauley wasn’t the only senior to step up. Teammate Tyler Mason had 17 points, six rebounds and two assists. Tom Frost chipped in eight points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, and Tom Parish held Bulldogs leading scorer Elijah Hughes to 10 points in the first three quarters, despite giving up six inches to the sophomore guard. Hughes finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
“We’ve been talking about it all week, that this was going to be our last game playing at Panas,” Mason said. “We just wanted to go out on top.”
While Mason and McCauley were the leading scorers, it was a team effort that got the Panthers the win.
Panas built a 25-17 lead at halftime and never let Beacon get within five thanks to timely defensive stops and key buckets.
“Every time Beacon went on a little, mini-run we came back and got it,” Panas coach Shawn Sullivan said. “The guys just look for each other. Nobody cares who scores. Nobody cares who gets the assist.”
Sullivan said it’s a matter of the players rooting for each other and wanting to win more than padding their stats.
“It’s the first team I’ve ever had that everybody’s bought in 100 percent,” Sullivan said. “They really just play for each other.