Back to work today, folks. That included a trip to the Brewster Sports Center for a feature on Kennedy’s 9-0 start; you can expect to see the story on Thursday.
I also spent a couple hours at John Jay, where the Indians not only earned a surprising win, but had to work hard to do it. They rallied from a double-digit deficit, built a double-digit lead of their own, then had to fight off a valiant Fox Lane comeback.
It was a quiet night, but here’s the story on John Jay’s win and a peek at the rest of today’s results, what happened over the weekend, our scoreboard and a look ahead at what’s on tap for tomorrow…
CROSS RIVER — For a team that once trailed by double digits, John Jay spent much of the fourth quarter Monday night in complete control. The Indians built a lead as large as 12 in a pulsating home gym, and their effort could not be denied.
Luckily, John Jay, which first had the strength to come back, also had what it needed to withstand a late Fox Lane rally. The Indians hit all six free throws and forced a key turnover in the final 32.5 seconds to win their league opener, 62-57.
“We showed some resiliency,” John Jay coach Henry Taylor said. “After giving the game away on Saturday (against Croton-Harmon), I think the guys really wanted this. We played tougher, we played smarter and we made free throws down the stretch, which we haven’t been doing.”
The win improved the Indians to 7-2 despite them playing for almost a month without starting point guard Phil Toon (ankle). One of his replacements, Arron Cruz, scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, including a perfect 4 for 4 at the line in the fourth quarter.
Senior Jack Weiller led John Jay with 18 points, including 4-for-4 shooting at the line in the fourth. Jake Murphy added 11 points. Murphy’s last two came after he was fouled with 12.8 seconds remaining, his team clinging to a 58-57 lead.
Owen Azrak had swished a 3-pointer two seconds earlier to cap a desperate 16-5 run for Fox Lane (5-3).
“We didn’t let the game get away from us,” said Weiller, whose team forced a turnover on Fox Lane’s final possession before the Foxes could attempt a shot. “In the beginning, I think we played at their pace, but we ended up collecting ourselves.”
Instead, it was Fox Lane that fell into a prolonged dry spell after building a double-digit lead deep into the first half. Sean New scored all 15 of his points during a 23-point first quarter, but the Foxes’ ball movement screeched to a halt.
“We have a tough time at times playing together,” said first-year coach Mike Tomassi, whose whose team lost 12 seniors to graduation. “When we play teams that work hard, we struggle. They just outworked us in every facet of the game.”
Best of the rest: Kyle Atkins had 12 points, DJ Belcher had 11 and Jason Barrera had nine points and eight rebounds as Hamilton won 49-34 at Port Chester. … Jason Scheff led Solomon Schechter with 19 points and five steals in its 51-43 defeat of visiting Yonkers Montessori. Philip Ladson led YMA with 14 points. … Divine Cesar poured in 30 points and had five assists as Ramapo won 69-62 at Roosevelt. Wendell Floyd added 16 points, 11 rebounds and six steals. … Jesse Boyce had 27 points and Harrison Adams added 11 as Westlake won at Rye Neck, 56-45. … George Santangelo had 15 points as Hackley beat York Prep, 50-44.
John Jay 62, Fox Lane 57
Hamilton 49, Port Chester 34
Solomon Schechter 51, Yonkers Montessori 43
Ramapo 69, Roosevelt 62
Westlake 56, Rye Neck 45
Hackley 50, York Prep 44
Lincoln at Yonkers, 4 p.m.
Gorton at Saunders, 4:15 p.m.
Riverside at Roosevelt, 4:15 p.m.
MLK at Solomon Schechter, 4:30 p.m.
Westlake at Valhalla, 4:30 p.m.
White Plains at Mount Vernon, 4:30 p.m.
Mamaroneck at Scarsdale, 4:30 p.m.
Harrison at Eastchester, 4:30 p.m.
Pelham at Rye, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at Port Chester, 4:30 p.m.
Haldane at Clark, 4:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart at Regis, 4:30 p.m.
Nyack at Albertus Magnus, 5:15 p.m.
Clarkstown South at North Rockland, 5:45 p.m.
Suffern at Ramapo, 6 p.m.
Pearl River at Tappan Zee, 6 p.m.
Nanuet at Spring Valley, 6 p.m.
Iona Prep at St. Raymond, 7:30 p.m.
Action from the weekend…
Sunday’s games of the day: Peter Hoffman scored 30 points to lead Haldane boys basketball to a 72-45 win over North Salem Sunday in the Putnam Challenge at Carmel. Will Zuvic scored 10 for the Blue Devils. Teammate Edmund Fitzgerald had seven points and 11 rebounds. … Jon Palmieri scored 19 points in Brewster’s 53-38 win over Carmel in the Putnam Challenge.
Putnam Challenge, at Carmel High School:
Haldane 72, North Salem 45
Brewster 53, Carmel 38
Saturday’s games of the day: Malachi de Sousa had 17 points and seven rebounds for Kennedy boys basketball as the Gaels defeated Fordham Prep 70-53 at Kennedy Saturday in a CHSAA ‘A’ League game to extend their record to 9-0. Dominick Cristiano scored 17 points for the Gaels. Elijah Hughes added 14 points. Teammate Sean Delaney scored 11 for Kennedy. … Marco Morency had 15 points and five assists in Mount Vernon’s 69-42 win at Suffern. … Charlie Goldberg scored 10 points in Croton-Harmon’s 42-38 win over John Jay in the Putnam Challenge at Carmel. … Ryan Basso scored 35 points including going 11 for 12 from the free throw line in Putnam Valley’s 55-53 win over Peekskill in the Putnam Challenge. … Ty Jerome had 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals in visiting Iona Prep’s 71-58 win over Bishop Loughlin. … Terrence Rogers scored 17 points in Nanuet’s 55-40 win over visiting Clarkstown North. … Kylan Guerra scored 30 points in Stepinac’s 85-70 loss to visiting Cardinal Hayes. … Jack Leahy had 10 points and Robbie O’Toole had nine points, eight rebounds and five assists in Stepinac B’s 55-45 defeat of Bishop Loughlin B.
Mount Vernon 69, Suffern 42
Iona Prep 71, Bishop Loughlin 58
Cardinal Hayes 85, Stepinac 70
Nanuet 55, Clarkstown North 40
Kennedy 70, Fordham Prep 53
Stepinac B 55, Bishop Loughlin B 45
Friday’s game of the day: Jack Cork had a double-double for Pelham in its 62-53 win over visiting Harrison. Cork had 15 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Pelicans. Teammates Brendan Roche and Matt O’Neil scored 14 points each. Joe Nannariello scored 19 points for the Huskies.
Pelham 62, Harrison 53