Nancy Haggerty covered tonight’s rematch between Panas and Lakeland, which played a thriller at Lakeland on Saturday in the Giglio Games. Panas trailed the entire game until Brandon Collins’ 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining.
Well, it was the same outcome but a completely different game five days later. Panas was in control throughout, as you can read in Nancy’s story on the game.
I’ll have more in the morning on National Signing Day.
CORTLANDT MANOR – Brandon Collins came up big again. This time, though, without the drama.
The senior hit for 16 points —12 coming off 3s — to lead host Panas to a 51-39 win Wednesday over district rival Lakeland.
In a sense, the score wasn’t that close as Panas held a 20-point edge with a minute-and-half left and its bench on the court.
The game was a far cry from Panas’ come-from-behind, two-point win just days earlier. That one was won on Collins’s 3 with 30 seconds to play. That shot also gave the Panthers their first lead.
Wednesday, Panas never trailed, leading 12-7 at the end of one, 26-11 at the half and 39-20 and the end of three.
“Getting off to a hot start really helped,” Collins said, crediting the win to his team’s ability to box out the bigger Hornets and to Panas’ lack of turnovers.
Panas (9-8) rarely seemed fazed by Lakeland (8-9).
The only real run Lakeland made came midway through the third quarter.
Mike Morelli’s steal and two foul shots, Kevin Kretzschmar’s nice inside drive for a bucket and Nick Fazio’s inside score off a great Jack Harrison feed cut Panas’ lead to 28-19 with 4:15 left in the period.
But then came that player again — Collins — who calmly restored order with a baseline 3.
Panas coach Shawn Sullivan also liked what he saw from David Reynoso and Jeremy Keefe, who both had six points, Reynoso’s on 3s.
“I saw what I see pretty much every day from them in practice. They finally put it into a game,” he said. Sullivan also pointed to Mike Evans’ work on the boards as big.
Fazio led Lakeland with 13 points.
“These games are huge for the kids,” Sullivan said of the rivalry. “It’s magnified like you’re winning 10 games at once or — and we’ve been on the other side — like you’re losing 10 games at once.”
Collins looked at the win as a potential springboard.
“Beating a school rival is one of the best feelings you can have,” he said. “We have a game tomorrow at Beacon. I feel if we can win that, we’ll have momentum going into sectionals.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Photos by Mark Vergari.
Games of the day: Jaleel Barr had 26 points and eight rebounds for Hamilton in its 67-43 defeat of Solomon Schechter. … Kylan Guerra had 22 points and five assists and Jordan Tucker had 21 points and seven rebounds in Stepinac’s 68-64 win at Holy Cross. The Crusaders were 13 for 15 at the line in the fourth quarter. … Kevin Tierney had 13 points in Irvington’s 47-37 win at Hastings. … Chris Maloney had 22 points as Pleasantville topped Valhalla, 58-45. … Luke McLaughlin had 27 points and Robert McWilliams added 23 in Tappan Zee’s 62-54 win over visiting Nanuet. … Wendell Brand had 15 points and Joey Good added 11 and seven assists as Sleepy Hollow won at Edgemont, 43-39. … Jamon Murray poured in 33 points in Tuckahoe’s 76-41 defeat of Palisade Prep. … A.J. Stokeley had 21 points and Sean Trenholm 16 as Ossining beat Beacon, 80-66. … Clark Academy’s Andre Carthorn had a triple-double (31 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) in his team’s 85-79 defeat of Children’s Village. … Anthony Maestri had 20 points in Somers’ 61-48 victory over John Jay.? … Josh Alexander and Quinn Willman both had 16 points in Carmel’s 64-50 win over Ketcham. … Jamil Gambari poured in 27 points and Pierre Lys had 18 to lead Woodlands to an 80-58 win over Bronxville. … Zach Nolan hit for 17 points and Ryan Basso added 16 in Putnam Valley’s 71-36 win over North Salem. … Jesse Breeding had 24 points and Carson Jacobs added 13 as Hen Hud beat Peekskill, 67-58. It was the Sailors’ first win over Peekskill since 2003. C.J. Redd led Peekskill with 18 points and Mike Davis added 16. … Owen Ackerman had 11 points and six rebounds and Peter Dinger added eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and six steals as Croton-Harmon beat Westlake, 56-31.
Iona Prep 58, All Hallows 48
Tuckahoe 76, YMA 41
Sleepy Hollow 43, Edgemont 39
Pleasantville 58, Valhalla 45
Tappan Zee 62, Nanuet 54
Kennedy 76, St. John’s Prep 54
Horace Greeley 51, Yorktown 43
Ramapo 58, Yonkers 57
Somers 61, John Jay 48
Dobbs Ferry 51, Rye Neck 34
Irvington 47, Hastings 37
Hamilton 67, Solomon Schechter 43
Stepinac 68, Holy Cross 64
Panas 51, Lakeland 39
Croton-Harmon 56, Westlake 31
Clark 85, Children’s Village 79
John Jay-EF 61, Mahopac 47
Arlington 77, Lourdes 74 (2 OT)
Carmel 64, Ketcham 50
Woodlands 80, Bronxville 58
Hen Hud 67, Peekskill 58
Ossining 80, Beacon 66
Putnam Valley 71, North Salem 36
Haldane 64, Pawling 34
No score: Hawthorne Cedar Knolls at Biondi, 4:30 p.m.
I’ll be at the rematch between Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, but there are plenty of quality games on tap. Clarkstown South’s Conor McGuinness enters his team’s game at rival Clarkstown North just 16 points shy of 1,000 for his career. Also, Woodlands will travel to Fox Lane in the opening round of the Dapper McDonald Classic.
Clarkstown South at Clarkstown North, 4 p.m.
Pearl River at Nyack, 4 p.m.
White Plains at Mamaroneck, 4:15 p.m.
Riverside at Saunders, 4:15 p.m.
Gorton at Lincoln, 4:15 p.m.
Tuckahoe at Yonkers, 4:15 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Blind Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Palisade Prep at Solomon Schechter, 4:30 p.m.
Biondi at MLK, 4:30 p.m.
New Rochelle at Mount Vernon, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at Eastchester, 4:30 p.m.
Keio at Clark, 4:30 p.m.
Mahopac at Lourdes, 5:15 p.m.
Suffern at North Rockland, 5:45 p.m.
Spring Valley at Albertus Magnus, 6 p.m.
Hamilton at Briarcliff, 6 p.m.
Salesian at Scarsdale, 6 p.m.
Dapper McDonald Classic
Woodlands at Fox Lane, 6:15 p.m.
Harrison at Port Chester, 6:15 p.m.