SPRING VALLEY — Kai Mitchell is so unselfish by nature, the moment was a bit awkward – him hanging back on offense, Eastchester pretending not to care, the whole crowd watching. A couple minutes earlier, Mitchell didn’t even know where he stood until someone told him.
Mitchell soon had his moment, snatching an outlet pass and throwing down an emphatic two-hand dunk to score No. 1,000 midway through the fourth quarter of Spring Valley’s 83-52 rout of visiting Eastchester.
The Iona commit finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks as his Tigers (3-0) continued to round into form.
“It felt kind of weird, but it was good though,” said Mitchell, who now has 1,001 career points. “A lot of hard work paid off.”
Mitchell won the race with current and future teammate Rickey McGill, who continued his torrid start with 23 more points. He now sits just 40 shy of 1,000 after nearly catching his four-year varsity teammate.
“We were seeing who could get to 1,000 first, but he got there first,” McGill said. “I’m proud of him for doing it.”
Spring Valley’s stars had help in the form of 11 points and five boards from Jamarr Joseph and 10 and five from Robert McGill.
The Tigers actually slumped late in the first quarter as Eastchester tied it 19-19, but they dominated over the final 24 minutes.
Spring Valley has now won its last two by a combined 77 points after surviving to beat Saunders 74-72 in the opener.
“I turned to my assistant coach and said, ‘That’s not the same team we saw on film.’” Eastchester coach Fred DiCarlo said.
With the game out of hand in the fourth and Mitchell needing just one more point for 1,000, DiCarlo instructed his defense to guard Spring Valley in the backcourt, leaving Mitchell all alone.
After the dunk – and with the game still ongoing – coach Willie Worsley walked over to Eastchester’s bench to thank DiCarlo.
“I wanted him to enjoy his 1,000th point, so we played our defense up and let him score,” DiCarlo said. “It was my idea. I wanted him to enjoy it. He was at home. We’ve had a couple 1,000-point scorers and you’d rather they do it at home than someplace else.”
Best of the rest: Miles Haughton had 17 points and Alex Parkinson grabbed 20 rebounds as Mamaroneck won at White Plains, 53-43. … Tom Capuano had 33 points, four rebounds and five assists as Iona Prep routed visiting Holy Cross, 86-61. Matt Ryan had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Ty Jerome added 13 points, three rebounds and six assists. … Stepinac lost at St. Ray’s 82-48 despite 25 points from Kylan Guerra. Sophomore Jordan Tucker (suspension) did not play for the Crusaders. … Matt Palacio had 15 points as John Jay downed Panas, 48-41. … Peter Hoffmann had 17 points and eight rebounds and Edmund Fitzgerald added 12 and seven as Haldane won at Hen Hud, 63-46. … Jason Barrera had 19 points and eight boards as Hamilton beat Children’s Village, 79-74. Eli Sierra led the Raiders with 24 and DJ Belcher added 13. … Sean New had 17 points and Emmett Robin added 16 in Fox Lane’s 67-64 win over Brewster. … Gabe Natale (8 points) hit two free throws with 17 seconds left to help Dobbs Ferry win 39-37 at Ardsley. Dan Foresti led the Eagles with 14 points. David Falcone had 10 to pace Ardsley. … Wendell Brand had 18 points and four assists and Henry Hargitai added 13 points as Sleepy Hollow ran past Westlake, 68-38. Westlake star Jesse Boyce (ankle) did not play. … Brandon Spiegel had 16 points off the bench as Horace Greeley beat Ketcham, 57-46. Cameron Ciero and Jeffrey Merchant led the Quakers with 17 and Merchant grabbed 11 boards. … Nick DeGennaro had 13 points, three rebounds and four assists as Yorktown topped Lakeland, 43-34. Mason Dyslin had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Mike Morelli led Lakeland with 13. … Salesian’s Kevin Silverberg had 26 points in a 64-50 defeat of St. John’s Prep. … Charlie Tarry and Jack Reilly had 11 points apiece in Bronxville’s 49-36 defeat of Hastings. … Hugh Millar had 23 points to lead Keio over Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, 53-43. The Unicorns rallied from a deficit to win for the third straight game. Kento Fujita added 11 for them. Alden Richardson had 18 to lead HCK.
Ossining 77, Carmel 66
Fox Lane 67, Brewster 64
Sleepy Hollow 68, Westlake 38
Dobbs Ferry 39, Ardsley 37
Bronxville 49, Hastings 36
Keio 53, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls 43
Mamaroneck 53, White Plains 43
Horace Greeley 57, Ketcham 46
Briarcliff 47, Blind Brook 45
Hamilton 79, Children’s Village 74
Spring Valley 83, Eastchester 52
Yorktown 43, Lakeland 34
Haldane 63, Hen Hud 46
John Jay 48, Panas 41
Iona Prep 86, Holy Cross 61
Salesian 64, St. John’s Prep 50
St. Raymond 82, Stepinac 48