Man, did I see some basketball tonight in Rockland. In fact, I could go a month without seeing one comeback like these, much less two in the span of four hours.
If you missed my tweets, both Albertus Magnus and Pearl River were essentially beaten, only to come back to win wild games. Albertus led once all game, 13-12, before Justin Bullock drilled the winning 3-pointer with about 40 seconds left. And here’s the crazy part: Albertus beat Nyack the first time around after rallying from a 19-5 deficit. And this one was harder.
Down at Pearl River, the Pirates looked ready to pack it in against Tappan Zee, but they closed an an unthinkable 16-1 run to stun the Dutchmen, who scored just one point in the final 4:34.
Here’s my game story from Pearl River, plus the rest of the best from the busiest day of the season to date:
PEARL RIVER — The run to end Wednesday night’s wild, improbable win was almost like an out-of-body experience for Pearl River. The Pirates made just about every play for four-plus minutes, but those were the minutes that counted most.
“I just wanted the buzzer to go off,” senior Patrick Conway said. “That’s when I knew we won.”
Indeed, when that buzzer sounded, Pearl River had stunned rival Tappan Zee 65-60 by closing the game on a 16-1 run-from-nowhere.
The Pirates (5-7) trailed 59-49 after a basket by Tappan Zee’s Victor Clervil with 4:34 remaining. The rest was a blur.
“With four-and-a-half minutes left, you’re not thinking, ‘OK, 16-1 run, we’ve got this,’” coach Jerry Houston Jr. said. “Our goal was a mini-run to make it a more manageable number. We were sliding.”
That slide was halted by an all-around effort. The Pirates scored 14 straight points to pull ahead, including Jack Byrnes’ basket to tie it with 1:24 to play and Thomas Armour’s free throws that gave them the lead, 61-59, with 1:08 to go.
Jack McKeever’s 22 points led four players in double figures. Conway, who had a key 3-pointer during the run, had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Senior Luke McLaughlin, playing on an injured ankle, had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Dutchmen (9-4), who have now lost four of five.
They led Pearl River by as many as 12, building much of that lead on the back of a 21-6 run to close the third quarter.
“We haven’t been a team that’s been mentally tough all year,” coach George Gaine said. “Our early start was great, but we were living off last year’s fumes a little bit. The truth of the matter is, when push comes to shove, we just don’t finish out games.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Seth Harrison’s photos from the game.
Best of the rest: Justin Bullock (10 points) hit the winning 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining to give Albertus Magnus a 50-49 victory at Nyack. Bullock’s shot gave the Falcons their first lead since 13-12 early in the second quarter and only their second lead all game. David Garcia scored a team-high 15. E.J. Smith had 19 to lead Nyack. … Marco Morency had 18 points as Mount Vernon won at White Plains, 58-45. Luis Cartagena led the Tigers with nine points. … Justin Daoud had 22 points in Palisade Prep’s 71-48 defeat of Tuckahoe. … Kevin Silverberg had 36 points on the strength of 10 3-pointers as Salesian topped St. John’s Prep, 67-56. … Davis Allen had 19 points and seven rebounds as Pelham beat visiting Rye, 67-49. … Matt Redhead had 22 points and eight rebounds as Fox Lane beat John Jay, 63-52. … Andrew Brennan had 20 points as Irvington defeated Dobbs Ferry, 50-39. … Jaleel Barr had 23 points and 10 rebounds in Hamilton’s 78-31 victory over Yonkers Montessori. … Jason Schneider had 18 points (six 3-pointers) as North Rockland downed Clarkstown South, 67-64. Conor McGuinness had 24 points for South. … Mason Dyslin had 27 points and nine rebounds as Yorktown defeated Brewster, 64-45. … Jackson Wexler had 17 points and Malik White added 11 to go with six rebounds and six assists in Briarcliff’s 77-42 defeat of Westlake. … Matt Maloney scored 28 points on the strength of six 3’s in Somers 63-52 win over Horace Greeley. Jason Neff had 21 to pace the Quakers. … Henry Hargitai had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Sleepy Hollow’s 59-48 victory over Bronxville. … Quari Alleyne and A.J. Stokeley had 19 points apiece as Ossining beat Peekskill, 77-73. C.J. Redd led the Red Devils with 25. … Matt Groll had 14 points to lead Byram Hills over Port Chester, 55-24. … Austin Lavitt had 10 points and 10 rebounds as Blind Brook topped Rye Neck, 55-32. … Salim Green poured in 23 points and Vincent Conn 22 in Rye Country Day’s victory over King, 70-53. … Panas beat Beacon 65-55 behind 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists from Brandon Collins. … Jesse Breeding had 26 points for Hen Hud in a 63-49 win over Lakeland. … Will Zuvic’s 12 points led Haldane past Pawling, 75-28. … Rickey McGill poured in 30 points in Spring Valley’s 67-48 victory at Nanuet. … Derrick Felder had 22 points and five steals as Saunders beat Gorton, 74-40. … Miles Haughton had 22 points and seven rebounds and Alex Parkinson added 13 and 13 in Mamaroneck’s 61-53 win over visiting Scarsdale. … Edmund Kwaw totaled 26 points as Riverside beat MLK, 84-62. … Eric O’Neal had 19 points to lead Suffern over Ramapo in OT, 74-70. … Rahmel Lowden had 14 points in Clark’s 72-46 win over Biondi. … Stefano Scarpa had 16 points and Jack Heffernen and Andrew Schultz added 1 apiece as Eastchester beat Harrison, 63-56. The Eagles rallied back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit. Justin Stagg led Harrison with 15 points. … Teejay Searight had 10 points, seven assists and four steals and Chris McVeety had 12 points and six rebounds as Croton-Harmon beat Valhalla, 55-28.
Ossining 77, Peekskill 73
Irvington 50, Dobbs Ferry 39
Fox Lane 63, John Jay 52
Pelham 67, Rye 49
Salesian 67, St. John’s Prep 56
Woodlands 73, Ardsley 43
Palisade Prep 71, Tuckahoe 48
Albertus Magnus 50, Nyack 49
Mount Vernon 58, White Plains 45
Mahopac 43, Ketcham 33
North Rockland 67, Clarkstown South 64
Blind Brook 55, Rye 25
Hamilton 78, Yonkers Montessori 31
Briarcliff 77, Westlake 42
Lourdes 69, Carmel 40
Pearl River 65, Tappan Zee 60
Yorktown 64, Brewster 45
Croton-Harmon 55, Valhalla 28
Suffern 74, Ramapo 70 OT
Mamaroneck 61, Scarsdale 53
Riverside 84, MLK 62
Saunders 74, Gorton 40
Spring Valley 67, Nanuet 48
Haldane 75, Pawling 28
Hen Hud 63, Lakeland 49
Panas 65, Beacon 55
Rye Country Day 70, King 53
Byram Hills 55, Port Chester 24
Sleepy Hollow 59, Bronxville 48
Clark 72, Biondi 46
Somers 63, Horace Greeley 52
Eastchester 63, Harrison 56
Arlington 69, John Jay-East Fishkill 45
Yonkers 48, Lincoln 31
No high school games for me on Thursday, but I will be down at Fordham for a story on Dobbs Ferry’s Eric Paschall, who is the sixth-leading-scoring freshman in the nation. I met with Eric today at Fordham; the story will run in Friday’s Journal News.
Hawthorne Cedar Knolls at Children’s Village, 4:30 p.m.
MLK at Valhalla, 6:15 p.m.
Stepinac B at Christ the King B, 7:45 p.m.