Three results of note tonight:
• I covered Mount Vernon’s victory in its rematch with New Rochelle. This was a night where Mount Vernon flashed an awful lot of its potential.
• Conor McGuinness scored his 1,000th point for Clarkstown South.
• Fox Lane beat Woodlands by a point in a great finish, and will play Harrison Saturday night in the final of the Dapper McDonald Classic.
MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon ascended en masse on Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym Wednesday night to watch former star Jabarie Hinds, who was in town with UMass. On their ride home with coach Bob Cimmino, three players asked to be dropped off at the barber shop.
“How they looked today was so important,” Cimmino joked. “I made cracks about their haircuts, but it’s a major social event.”
For the Knights, it was something more – a chance to prove they could do better. They erased the memory of last month’s nailbiter at New Rochelle by throttling the Huguenots 77-53 in Thursday’s rematch of rivals.
“Our team, we were hyped up,” said junior forward Marlon Taylor, who had 13 points, eight rebounds and blocked five shots off the bench. “We had a good week of practice. This is all we could think about.”
The 6-foot-5 Taylor and fellow big man Greg Calixte, a 6-7 sophomore, led Mount Vernon’s 40-21 edge on the glass, which included 18 offensive rebounds.
Still, New Rochelle forced 27 turnovers, so it found itself within 60-47 after Jamel Wallace’s 3-pointer with less than five minutes remaining. Yet this time there would be no comeback. Instead, Mount Vernon (13-3) closed strong, emphasized by Calixte’s dunk over an overmatched defender.
Sophomore Marco Morency led the Knights with 25 points and had five rebounds, four assists and five steals. Taylor was joined in double figures by Calixte (10) and sophomore Noah Morgan (10).
New Rochelle (9-9), which was led by Wallace’s 13 points, fell to Mount Vernon 61-57 at home on Jan. 15, but led deep into the fourth quarter.
“We’d been waiting for this game for two weeks,” Morency said. “We feel like we didn’t play good enough in their gym. We weren’t satisfied, so we came out hard this game.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Photos by Seth Harrison.
Best of the rest: Conor McGuinness scored his 1,000th career point on a free throw in the fourth quarter of Clarkstown South’s 64-48 win at Clarkstown North. McGuinness finished with 17 points and now has 1,001 career points. … Sean New (14 points) converted a three-point play with less than 30 seconds remaining to lift Fox Lane over visiting Woodlands, 49-48, in the opening round of the Dapper McDonald Classic. Alex Olsen (12 points, 8 rebounds) had a steal to prevent Woodlands from attempting a final shot. In the other game, Harrison beat Port Chester 62-31 behind 16 points from Joe Nannariello. The Huskies will host Fox Lane at 7 Saturday night in the championship. … Miles Haughton had 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals and Dean DeLucia added 19 points and five assists as Mamaroneck defeated White Plains, 65-44. …Daquan Campbell had 14 points and Arnold Smalls had 10 and 17 rebounds in Martin Luther King Jr.’s 71-43 victory over Biondi. … Jack Byrnes had 17 points and Thomas Armour added 16 as Pearl River won at Nyack, 58-45. E.J. Smith led Nyack with 19. … Andrew Groll had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Skyler Sinon added 14 points in Byram Hills’ 50-33 defeat of Eastchester. … Shane McCalla had 22 points and 13 rebounds as Clark beat Keio, 71-57. … Bo Fishman had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Blind Brook downed visiting Dobbs Ferry, 58-43. … Eli Rodriguez had 19 points as Yonkers beat Tuckahoe, 47-34. … Justin Daoud had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Palisade Prep beat Solomon Schechter 61-51 to earn a share of its league title with Hamilton. … Kevin Jefferson scored all of his 21 points in the second half of Suffern’s 48-41 defeat of North Rockland. Jefferson hit six 3-pointers and Drew Bronen had 14 rebounds. … Jordan Duncan netted a team-high 21 points off the bench in Spring Valley’s 70-53 victory over Albertus Magnus. … Michael Rolfe had 17 points as Scarsdale beat visiting Sacred Heart, 60-48. … Rodney Etienne had 14 points as Gorton topped Lincoln, 54-44. … Derrick Felder had 20 points and six steals as Saunders beat Riverside, 72-45.
Palisade Prep 61, Solomon Schechter 51
Mount Vernon 77, New Rochelle 53
Byram Hills 50, Eastchester 33
Pearl River 58, Nyack 45
Clarkstown South 64, Clarkstown North 48
Mamaroneck 65, White Plains 44
Saunders 72, Riverside 45
Gorton 54, Lincoln 44
Lourdes 47, Mahopac 30
Blind Brook 58, Dobbs Ferry 43
Yonkers 47, Tuckahoe 34
MLK 70, Biondi 43
Suffern 48, North Rockland 41
Scarsdale 60, Sacred Heart 48
Spring Valley 70, Albertus Magnus 53
Briarcliff 67, Hamilton 47
Spring Valley 70, Albertus Magnus 53
Clark 71, Keio 57
Dapper McDonald Classic
Fox Lane 49, Woodlands 48
Harrison 62, Port Chester 31
I’ll be out at Iona Prep tonight as the Gaels try to sweep the season series with Hayes. Follow along @lohudinsider.
MLK at Children’s Village, 4 p.m.
John Jay-EF at Arlington, 4:15 p.m.
Gorton at Roosevelt, 4:15 p.m.
Blind Brook at Rye Neck, 4:30 p.m.
Keio at Yonkers Montessori, 4:30 p.m.
Ramapo at Mamaroneck, 4:30 p.m.
Lincoln at Nanuet, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Edgemont, 4:30 p.m.
Trinity at Hackley, 4:30 p.m.
Harvey at Watkinson School, 5 p.m.
Panas at Beacon, 5 p.m.
Masters at Hamden Hall, 5:30 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Irvington, 6 p.m.
Hen Hud at Lakeland, 6 p.m.
Lourdes at Carmel, 6 p.m.
Ketcham at Mahopac, 6 p.m.
Briarcliff at Westlake, 6 p.m.
Nyack at Rye, 6:15 p.m.
Yorktown at Brewster, 6:15 p.m.
Croton-Harmon vs. Valhalla at Kensico School, 6:15 p.m.
Bronxville at Sleepy Hollow, 6:30 p.m.
Somers at Horace Greeley, 6:45 p.m.
Ossining at Peekskill, 7 p.m.
Haldane at Putnam Valley, 7 p.m.
Pawling at North Salem, 7 p.m.
Cardinal Hayes at Iona Prep, 7:15 p.m.
Fordham Prep at Stepinac, 7:30 p.m.
McClancy at Kennedy, 7:30 p.m.
Regis at Salesian, 7:30 p.m.