Ty Jerome (pictured above) scored 27 points to lead Iona Prep over Saunders 80-64 in the nightcap of the Harry Jefferson Showcase at White Plains High School today.
WHITE PLAINS After storming through its first three games, Iona Prep lost at home Friday night to St. Ray’s. The Gaels didn’t just miss a few extra shots. They missed an opportunity to prove they could respond when challenged.
“On Friday night, it was tough to sleep,” junior Ty Jerome said. “That was a rough game. We didn’t play well. We didn’t shoot well. We didn’t rebound well. We didn’t do anything well. The only thing good about it was that we had a game the next day.”
Senior Alex Belbusti scored 14 points and senior Gio Gabbidon (pictured right) added eight off the bench after not playing Friday night.
The Gaels also played without starting forward Patrick Fleming, who injured his wrist.
“I thought we didn’t look like we had legs Friday night, and we played without Pat, so it was good to get some other guys in and get them an opportunity,” coach Vic Quirolo said.
Gabbidon’s energy helped Iona Prep (4-1) to a 12-point halftime lead, but Jerome and senior Matt Ryan (15 points, 10 assists) spurred a 24-13 third-quarter spurt that broke the game open.
That Saunders (1-2) remained competitive was a testament to junior Derrick Felder, who soared to 19 points and 14 rebounds.
“He did it today against three Division I basketball players,” coach Anthony Nicodemo said. “If he can play like that, we’re going to be very tough.”
Best of the rest: Connor Thormann scored all 10 of his points in a four-minute second-half stretch to earn MVP honors and lead Croton-Harmon over the host 54-47 in the Hamilton tournament final. Eli Sierra had 17 in the loss. Croton’s Charlie Goldberg and Owen Ackerman and Hamilton’s Jaleel Barr (nine points) were all-tournament. … Chris Maloney had 21 points and was named tournament MVP as Pleasantville beat host Rye 67-55. Mike Manley (all-tournament) added 17 and Patrick McPhee 13. George Kirby led Rye with 13 and Drew Abate had 12. Both were named all-tournament. … R.J. Hollis scored nine points and was named tournament MVP as Irvington beat Lakeland 53-42 in the Panas tournament final. Justin Martins had 15 for the Bulldogs, who are now 6-0. … Benny DiMirco was named tournament MVP at Ardsley as Eastchester rolled past Palisade Prep 77-33. … Jordan Williams, E.J. Smith and Eric Soeder had 12 points apiece as Nyack beat host Bronxville 59-34 in the final of the Bill Green Tournament. Charlie Tarry led the host with 18 points. … Jamil Gambari scored 27 points and was named game MVP as Woodlands beat host White Plains 72-53 in the Harry Jefferson Showcase. Brandon Johnson added 17. … Rickey McGill had 29 points and was named game MVP as Spring Valley routed Roosevelt of Brooklyn, 93-47, in the Jefferson Showcase. … Mason Dyslin led Yorktown with 21 points and was the game MVP as the Huskers topped Mamaroneck 55-45 in the Jefferson Showcase. … Justin Stagg had 21 points as Harrison beat Tuckahoe 76-40 at the Jefferson Showcase. … Doug Popper had 13 points and Austin Lavitt added 11 and eight rebounds as Blind Brook beat Putnam Valley 52-46 in the Rye tournament consolation. … Phillip Ladson was named Keio tournament MVP in Yonkers Montessori’s 59-41 defeat of Tuxedo. … Hugh Millar had 16 points as Keio earned its first win, beating Pawling 62-25 in the consolation game. … Brandon Collins had 19 points for Panas in a 48-38 win over Mahopac in the Panas tournament consolation game. … Jeffrey Merchant had 10 points and 13 rebounds in Horace Greeley’s 56-40 defeat of Ossining. Ben Wolfensohn also had 10 points. … Vincent Conn had 28 points and Salim Green 23 in Rye Country Day’s 63-62 loss at Brunswick. The Wildcats had a chance to win, but squandered the final 15 seconds without getting a quality shot off. … Stix Mitchell had 19 points in Salesian’s 66-50 loss to McClancy. … Ardsley beat visiting Riverside 56-47 in its tournament consolation game behind 23 points from Julian McGarvey. … Matt Redhead had 16 points and Sean New added eight, but Fox Lane fell to Marlboro 57-45 at Poughkeepsie High School.
Westlake 75, North Salem 37
Marlboro 57, Fox Lane 45
Stepinac B 63, Molloy B 53
Brewster 55, Scarsdale 54
Stepinac B 63, Archbishop Molloy B 53
McClancy 66, Salesian 50
Horace Greeley 56, Ossining 40
Tournament at White Plains
Harrison 76, Tuckahoe 40
Spring Valley 93, Roosevelt (Bx) 47
Yorktown 55, Mamaroneck 45
Woodlands 72, White Plains 53
Iona Prep 80, Saunders 64
Tournament at Ardsley
Consolation: Ardsley 56, Riverside 47
Championship: Eastchester 77, Palisade Prep 33
Tournament at Bronxville
Consolation: Sacred Heart 60, Iona Prep B 48
Championship: Nyack 59, Bronxville 34
Tournament at Hamilton
Consolation: John Jay 69, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls 33
Championship: Croton-Harmon 54, Hamilton 47
Tournament at Keio
Consolation: Keio 62, Pawling 25
Championship: Yonkers Montessori 59, Tuxedo 41
Tournament at Panas
Consolation: Panas 48, Mahopac 38
Championship: Irvington 53, Lakeland 42
Tournament at Rye
Consolation: Blind Brook 52, Putnam Valley 46
Championship: Pleasantville 67, Rye 55
Tournament at Briarcliff
Consolation: Clark 41, Hastings 37
Championship: Briarcliff 64, Wallkill 33