As you probably guessed from my tweets, I spent the afternoon at Mount Vernon, where the Knights, despite some rough patches, dominated rival White Plains, winning 68-24. They held the Tigers to just 17 percent shooting and allowed just nine points in the second half.
My story and Seth Harrison’s photo gallery from Mount Vernon are both below.
One score you won’t find from tonight was Spring Valley-Nanuet. The game was suspended in the second quarter because of an incident in the stands. That’s all I know right now. If anyone has more information, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOUNT VERNON – The first quarter Tuesday had something for anyone with an opinion on Mount Vernon, both the proponents and opponents. The young Knights were, at times, breathtaking and frustrating, scoring the game’s first 17 points before letting White Plains claw back.
“We started listening to our crowd and started getting fancy with the ball,” coach Bob Cimmino said. “We got out of our team concept and didn’t take care of the ball. It’s going to happen.”
Mount Vernon overcame its transgressions in the second half when it shut down its rival en route to a 68-24 victory.
The Knights (6-3) limited White Plains to 7-for-41 shooting and allowed just nine points in the second half. It turned a first-half drought into nothing but a memory.
The Tigers had actually pulled within seven at one point thanks to a 14-4 run.
“We can never think we’re going to put a team away that early,” said Justin Alleyne, the team’s lone senior starter. “A lot of critics are saying we’re a young team so it’s going to be hard for us to do things more mature teams would do. Coach tells us every day, we have to play through that. It’s another obstacle in the road to success.”
Before returning home after nearly a month on the road, Mount Vernon traveled to tournaments in Edmonton (3-0) and Florida (0-3). Six-foot-8 sophomore Greg Calixte continued his emergence on Tuesday, scoring nine points and grabbing five rebounds.
Calixte is one of three sophomore starters, along with Noah Morgan, who had nine rebounds, and Marco Morency, who had a team-high 10 points.
“He’s scary,” Cimmino said of Calixte. “He grows right before your eyes. He’s starting to pick things up. He’s had three games in a row where I said, ‘Wow, he can be something really special.’ ”
Junior Luis Cartagena led White Plains with seven points.
Best of the rest: Matt Ryan had 24 points and nine rebounds as Iona Prep avenged an earlier loss, winning 79-43 at St. Raymond. Tom Capuano added 18 points and six assists for the Gaels, who led 28-2 in the first half behind 16 early points from Ryan. … Zach Evans had 19 points, nine rebounds and four steals as Harrison won at Eastchester, 54-48. Justin Stagg had nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter. … Brendan Roche had 31 points and three steals as Pelham defeated Rye, 49-43. … David Garcia had 16 points as Albertus Magnus edged visiting Nyack, 64-61. The Falcons trailed 19-5 after the first quarter. … Miles Haughton had 26 points and Alex Parkinson grabbed 16 rebounds as Mamaroneck beat Scarsdale, 44-32. … Peter Hoffmann had 28 points as Haldane edged Clark Academy in overtime, 64-58. Hoffmann enters Friday’s home game vs. Chester with 999 career points. … Wendell Floyd had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Divine Cesar added 16 points and six assists in Ramapo’s 78-69 defeat of Suffern. … Kevin Kelly had 18 points as Valhalla topped Westlake, 44-43. Tyler Wills added 12 points and defended Westlake star Jesse Boyce, who finished with 13. … Conor McGuinness had 19 points and Justin Rivera 10 as Clarkstown South topped North Rockland, 55-46. Lucas Ancin had 13 to lead the Red Raiders. … Derrick Felder had 16 points and eight rebounds in Saunders’ 63-44 defeat of Gorton. … Skyler Sinon had 17 points as Byram Hills beat Port Chester, 60-24. … Chris Sanchez had 15 points to lead Martin Luther King Jr. to a 49-44 victory at Solomon Schechter. … Leviticus Jones had 23 points and five steals and Sean Coley added 18 points and 10 boards in Roosevelt’s 55-52 defeat of Riverside.
Yonkers 53, Lincoln 32
Saunders 63, Gorton 44
Roosevelt 55, Riverside 52
MLK 49, Solomon Schechter 44
Valhalla 44, Westlake 43
Mount Vernon 68, White Plains 24
Mamaroneck 44, Scarsdale 32
Harrison 54, Eastchester 48
Pelham 49, Rye 43
Byram Hills 60, Port Chester 24
Haldane 64, Clark 58, OT
Albertus Magnus 64, Nyack 61
Clarkstown South 55, North Rockland 46
Ramapo 78, Suffern 69
Tappan Zee 64, Pearl River 53
Nanuet at Spring Valley, susp.
Iona Prep 79, St. Ray’s 43
Mahopac at Carmel, 4:15 p.m.
Panas at Ossining, 4:15 p.m.
Croton-Harmon at Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
Ardsley at Sleepy Hollow, 4:30 p.m
Bronxville at Edgemont, 4:30 p.m.
Blind Brook at Irvington, 4:30 p.m.
Biondi at Children’s Village, 4:30 p.m.
Hawthorne Cedar Knolls at MLK, 4:30 p.m.
Monsignor Scanlan B at Iona Prep B, 5 p.m.
Salesian at LaSalle, 5:45 p.m.
Ketcham at Arlington, 6 p.m.
Fox Lane at Greeley, 6 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Hastings, 6 p.m.
John Jay-East Fishkill at Lourdes, 6:15 p.m.
Hen Hud at Beacon, 6:15 p.m.
Lakeland at Peekskill, 6:15 p.m.
John Jay at Brewster, 6:15 p.m.
Stepinac B at Archbishop Molloy B, 6:45 p.m.