It was an at-times-ugly, at-times-great game at New Rochelle this afternoon. The Huguenots played their best game all season and nearly upset Mount Vernon before falling 61-57.
The game story is below. Also of note: Haldane senior Peter Hoffmann scored his 1,000th career point tonight.
NEW ROCHELLE — New Rochelle coach Rasaun Young received a phone call from his brother, Rashiem, Wednesday night. Yes, the Huguenots had struggled this season by their standards, but their inconsistency would have no bearing on their effort Thursday, Rashiem said.
“One thing you don’t have to worry about with these kids tomorrow, they’re coming in focused,” said Young’s older brother, a New Rochelle assistant. “It’s Mount Vernon.”
That much proved true Thursday in a game few expected to be close. Instead, Mount Vernon scratched out a 61-57 win that was often ugly, and not without a scare deep into the fourth quarter.
Both teams committed 24 turnovers, and New Rochelle’s efforts were hampered by 12-for-32 shooting from the foul line.
“They played harder than us. They were all over the place,” said Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino, whose team improved to 9-3 and remained unbeaten in Section 1. “We didn’t do a good job of covering. I think we were waiting for them to fold and they weren’t going to fold.”
Instead, New Rochelle (6-6) surged after falling behind 35-23 at halftime. Antoine Lewis, Isiah Washington, Jamel Wallace and Josh Peterson led a second-half charge that pushed the Huguenots ahead 54-51 with less than three minutes to play.
Mount Vernon sophomore Noah Morgan (14 points, 5 rebounds) and junior Marlon Taylor (10 and 10) led an 8-0 response as New Rochelle failed to take care of the ball. Four key players fouled out, including Washington, the team’s starting point guard.
“That hurt us tremendously because we didn’t really have another ball handler in the game,” Young said.
Mount Vernon’s senior transfer Justin Alleyne had 11 points and 11 rebounds in his return to New Rochelle, but the Knights left focused more on what they didn’t do as a team.
“It’s a learning experience,” Morgan said. “We can work harder in practice now. We know what we need to work on because we didn’t play well at all.”
Conversely, the Huguenots saw promise of a brighter future — even in defeat.
“After this game, it proves we can play against anybody in the county,” said Lewis, who had 11 points and seven rebounds. “We have our confidence now. We’re ready to roll.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Seth Harrison photos from the game.
Best of the rest: Haldane senior Peter Hoffmann scored his 1,000th career point on a dunk on the opening possession of Haldane’s 73-46 victory over visiting North Salem. Hoffmann had 21 points and 10 rebounds and now has 1,020 career points. … Ryan Basso had 24 points in Putnam Valley’s 57-24 defeat of Pawling. … Dan Foresti had 17 points to lead Dobbs Ferry over Rye Neck, 46-32. Chris Richart had seven to lead Rye Neck. … Patrick McPhee had 18 points to lead Pleasantville over Valhalla, 54-36. The Panthers had 10 players score. Mike DeSantis had 10 points and nine rebounds for Valhalla. … Ryan Train and Josh Alexander each had 15 points in Carmel’s 52-44 win at Ketcham. … Cameron Ciero had 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting in Greeley’s 59-53 victory over Yorktown. Jeffrey Merchant added 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Connor Schinderman had 10 rebounds. … Jamon Murray had 20 points as Tuckahoe beat Yonkers Montessori, 66-48. Phillip Ladson scored a game-high 22 for YMA. … Justin Daoud had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Palisade Prep topped Keio, 69-32. … Justin Martins had 20 points in Irvington’s 57-44 win over Hastings. Andrew Brennan added 16. Teammate Kevin Tierney scored nine in his return after missing the previous five games. … Aldean Richardson had 32 points and seven rebounds as Hawthorne Cedar Knolls beat Biondi, 83-61. … Sean New had 22 points and Matt Redhead added 16 as Fox Lane defeated Brewster, 60-49. … Shane McCalla posted 18 points and 10 rebounds as Clark nipped Children’s Village, 66-65. … D.J. Belcher had 18 points on five 3-pointers as Hamilton beat Solomon Schechter, 61-44. Jaleel Barr had 17 points and nine rebounds for Hamilton. … Brendan Roche had 15 points and Davis Allen added 13 and eight rebounds as Pelham downed Lincoln, 66-44. … Elijah Hughes had 21 points as Kennedy won 81-51 at Monsignor McClancy. Malachi de Sausa added 15, Sean Delaney 14, Jordan Wright 12 and Dominick Cristiano 10. The Gaels improved to 14-0. … Kylan Guerra had 26 points and six steals, but Stepinac lost at home to Mount St. Michael in OT, 73-70. Jordan Tucker added 13 and Tyrin Miller had 10 for the Crusaders.
Palisade Prep 69, Keio 32
Somers 49, John Jay
Irvington 57, Hastings 44
Peekskill 72, Hen Hud 66
Arlington 58, Lourdes 44
Greeley 59, Yorktown 53
Hawthorne Cedar Knolls 83, Biondi 61
Fox Lane 60, Brewster 49
Clark Academy 66, Children’s Village 65
Woodlands 89, Bronxville 35
Croton-Harmon 65, Westlake 58
Hamilton 61, Solomon Schechter 44
Pelham 66, Lincoln 44
Mount Vernon 61, New Rochelle 57
Tuckahoe 66, Yonkers Montessori 48
Ossining 89, Beacon 60
Mount St. Michael 73, Stepinac 70 (OT)
John Jay-East Fishkill 73, Mahopac 64
Pleasantville 54, Valhalla 36
St. John’s Prep 69, Sacred Heart 54
Carmel 52, Ketcham 44
Frederick Douglas B 50, Stepinac B 38
Dobbs Ferry 46, Rye Neck 32
Putnam Valley 57, Pawling 24
Haldane 73, North Salem 46
Kennedy 81, McClancy 51
Adrian Szkolar will be in Rockland for Clarkstown North vs. South. I will be somewhere, but right now that’s TBD.
Tappan Zee at Nanuet, 4 p.m.
Yonkers at Roosevelt, 4:15 p.m.
Albertus Magnus at Spring Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Riverside at Ramapo, 4:30 p.m.
Hackley at Rye Country Day, 6 p.m.
Cathedral at Salesian, 6 p.m.
Putnam Valley at Panas, 6:15 p.m.
Clarsktown North at Clarkstown South, 7 p.m.
Nyack at Pearl River, 7 p.m.
Iona Prep at Cardinal Hayes, 7:30 p.m.
Palisade Prep at Blind Brook, 8 p.m.
18th annual Tiger Tournament at Mamaroneck
Harrison vs. Rye, 5 p.m.
Mamaroneck vs. Rye Neck, 7 p.m.