Here’s Nancy Haggerty’s story from Saturday, plus a look at the rest of the day’s results and Monday’s schedule:
NEW ROCHELLE – Coming off a romp over rival Stepinac, Iona Prep coach Vic Quirolo expressed concern about his team’s focus playing New Rochelle Saturday.
He needn’t have worried.
Outscoring the Huguenots in three of four quarters, the Gaels increased their season record to 11-3 with a 71-49 win in the fourth annual Hoops for a Cure basketball tournament, played at New Roc City.
It was Iona Prep’s fifth straight win.
Notre Dame-bound senior Matt Ryan gained game MVP honors with 24 points and 12 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward showed he’s more than just a big man in the paint, draining three of Iona Prep’s seven 3s.
But it was sophomore Nick Brennen who had the hottest long-range touch for the Gaels.
Brennen, starting in place of his brother, Joe, who missed the game with a hip injury, had 22 points, 12 coming on 3s, including the game’s first two scores.
“That’s what we’re really known for — our shooting,” Brennen said.
The Gaels were also hot from the free-throw line, hitting on 18 of 20 chances. Ty Jerome had 23 points. He converted nine of 10 free throws.
Both teams committed 21 fouls. Alex Belbusti (six points) and Tom Capuano (four points) both fouled out for Iona Prep in the fourth quarter but the Huguenots could never draw closer than 14 points.
New Rochelle displayed a strong outside game, equaling Iona Prep’s seven 3s. Five of them were put in by junior Jamel Wallace, who finished with a game-high 27 points.
But Wallace’s in-and-out miss of a 3 with 4:27 left proved costly because Ryan immediately drained a 3 to extend the Gaels’ lead to an essentially insurmountable 17 points at 59-42.
“New Rochelle played extremely hard,” Quirolo said. “I didn’t think we played our ‘A’ game but we still toughed it out.’
“I think we’re finally getting it at the right time to make a run for the playoffs,” Brennen added.
The tournament benefitted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Also at the Hoops for a Cure:
Clarkstown South 53, White Plains 48: Conor McGuinness had 16 points and was named the game MVP as Clarkstown South defeated White Plains 53-48 in the tournament. Luis Cartagena had a game-high 19 points for White Plains.
Woodlands 62, Croton-Harmon 43: In a matchup of two Class B contenders, Ross Joseph had 19 points and gained game-MVP honors in Woodlands’ 62-43 win over Croton-Harmon in the second Hoops for a Cure game Saturday.
Saunders 70, Eastchester 62: In the Hoops for a Cure nightcap, Derrick Felder hit for 27 points, pulled down nine rebounds and had seven steals in Saunders’ 70-62 win over Eastchester. Felder, who was 12-of-16 from the field, was the game MVP.
Best of the rest: Jason Barrera had 24 points and 11 rebounds and was named tournament MVP as Hamilton won the North Salem tournament, 74-62. DJ Belcher, who was all-tournament, had 21 points, six rebounds and five steals. Eli Sierra added 18 points for 8-1 Hamilton. … Mason Dyslin poured in 31 points and grabbed 13 boards and blocked four shots in Yorktown’s 45-40 win over John Jay-Cross River. The Huskers’ sixth win equaled last year’s total. Jake Murphy had 14 points for John Jay. … Jack Hochman’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds proved to be the difference as Harrison edged Rye 46-45. … Anthony Maestre had 20 points, Ryan Grossman 11 and Matt Maloney 10 in Somers’ 64-62 win over visiting Fox Lane. Sean New had 16 for Fox Lane. … Rye Country Day rallied from 11 points down in the second half to beat Greens Farms Academy 57-53. Salim Green and Vincent Conn had 19 points each. … Jeff Blair had 29 points to lead Valhalla over Briarcliff, 57-42. Kevin Kelly had 13 points for Valhalla. … Kylan Guerra and Kobe Miranda each had 21 points as Stepinac won at Mount St. Michael, 76-68. Jorden Means added 11 points and Jordan Tucker added eight and 12 boards. … Bo Fishman had 13 points, Ryan Schaeman 11 and nine rebounds and Jake DiGiasante 10 points in Blind Brook’s 65-36 defeat of YMA in the North Salem tournament consolation. … Terry McDonald-Preston had seven points and eight rebounds in Stepinac B’s 49-41 loss to St. Ray’s B. … Jamon Murray had 17 points in Tuckahoe’s 67-38 win over Keio. Keita Uchida led the Unicorns with 13 points.
Nanuet at Spring Valley, ppd.
Tuckahoe 67, Keio 38
Greeley at Ossining, ppd.
Beacon 73, Peekskill 71
Yorktown 45, John Jay 40
Stepinac 76, Mount St. Michael 68
St. Raymond B 49, Stepinac B 41
Harrison 46, Rye 45
Somers 64, Fox Lane 62
Briarcliff 57, Valhalla 42
Rye Country Day 57, Green Farms 53
Tournament at North Salem
Consolation: Blind Brook 65, Yonkers Montessori 36
Championship: Hamilton 74, North Salem 62
JDRF Hoops for a Cure
At Monroe College (NewRoc City):
Clarkstown South 53, White Plains 48
Woodlands 62, Croton-Harmon 43
Iona Prep 71, New Rochelle 49
Saunders 70, Eastchester 62
LaSalle at Sacred Heart, 2 p.m.
St. Joe’s by-the-Sea at Kennedy, 3:30 p.m.
Albertus Magnus at Nanuet, 4 p.m.
Ossining at Lakeland, 4:15 p.m.
Clark at Biondi, 4:15 p.m.
Yonkers at Riverside, 4:15 p.m.
Hawthorne Cedar Knolls at Ardsley, 4:30 p.m.
Solomon Schechter at YMA, 4:30 p.m.
Scarsdale at New Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon at Mamaroneck, 4:30 p.m.
Spring Valley at Pearl River, 4:30 p.m.
Pelham at Eastchester, 4:30 p.m.
Port Chester at Harrison, 4:30 p.m.
Clarsktown South at Suffern, 5:45 p.m.
Keio at Hamilton, 6 p.m.
Nyack at Tappan Zee, 6 p.m.
Clarkstown North at Ramapo, 6:15 p.m.
MLK at Valhalla, 6:15 p.m.
Rye at Byram Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Holy Cross B at Stepinac B, 6:30 p.m.