The new Sleepy Hollow coach (pictured right) won his debut Monday night, as the Headless Horsemen won a thriller, 55-47, in triple-overtime against Dobbs Ferry.
“About as memorable as can be,” Starace said. “I will never forget today. To my kids’ credit, they hung together when things got tough.”
Wendell Brand led Sleepy with 19 and Henry Hargatai added 17, but Starace and his team needed to sweat.
The Headless Horsemen committed three turnovers to squander a four-point lead in the final minute of the second OT. They missed a pair of free throws with six seconds left and committed a foul on the rebound, but Dobbs managed just one of two at the line, sending the game to the third overtime.
Chris Cipriano led the Eagles with 15 points. Gabe Natale added 14 and Dan Foresti 12.
PLEASANTVILLE 61, RYE NECK 31
Here’s Brian Heyman on what has to be the fastest start to a season in Pleasantville basketball history:
Pleasantville opened the season Monday by raining 3s on Rye Neck. Eleven of them found the bottom of the net.
“We have five guys who have the green light,” coach Chris Welsh said after Pleasantville’s 61-31 road win. “I tell them to put up the 3s. Some days we’re not going to hit them. But today the good shooting was contagious.”
Chris Maloney led the cause with 17 points. Patrick McPhee added 14 and Mike Manley had 13. All three hit three 3s for an up-tempo team that went 6-12 last season.
“I think with our ability to shoot the ball, we can compete with anybody,” Welsh said. “It’s a matter of being consistent. If we defend and rebound and do those things, I think we’re in store for a pretty good year.”
Pleasantville led 23-0 after one quarter. Jake Sevean and Noah Caplan scored nine points apiece for Rye Neck.
Best of the rest: Gregory Adams had 24 points, seven rebounds and six blocks in Sacred Heart’s 59-57 win over visiting Clark Academy. Shawn Smith added 16 points. Joshua Lewter had 15 points, seven assists and four steals and Shane McCalla added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Clark. … Zach Saklad scored 16 as Ardsley won 56-38 at Solomon Schechter. Noah Goldberg scored 14 for the Lions. … Charlie Tarry had 24 points in Bronxville’s 59-53 win at Martin Luther King Jr.
Monday, Dec. 1 scoreboard
Bronxville 59, MLK 53
Ardsley 56, Solmon Schechter 38
Sacred Heart 59, Clark Academy 57
Sleepy Hollow 55, Dobbs Ferry 47, 3 OT
Pleasantville 61, Rye Neck 31
Westlake 62, Blind Brook 54, 2 OT