Of note tonight:
• I had a chance to catch Rye Country Day and Masters — two of the area’s top small-school teams — this afternoon. There was plenty of talent on the floor, but Pearl River resident Mike Jurzynski led Masters to the victory despite 32 points from RCDS’ Salim Green.
• Harrison beat Fox Lane 65-59 to win the Dapper McDonald Classic. That’s the Huskies’ best win of the season and, man, it could not have come at a better time.
Here’s the story on Masters’ win, plus the rest of today’s best:
RYE – In three previous seasons, Masters had lost each time at Fairchester foe Rye Country Day. If the Panthers had any ideas of a last-minute push for a league title, that losing streak could not continue.
“(Coach Matt Kammrath) asked us to give him a gift and said he would dance in the locker room,” senior Mike Jurzynski said.
So did he?
“Yeah,” Jurzynski said, “he did.”
Jurzynski, a 6-foot-5 forward from Pearl River, scored a team-high 29 points and grabbed six rebounds as Masters beat Rye Country Day 68-58 to move a game ahead of the Wildcats and into a tie for second in the Fairchester Athletic Association standings.
The Panthers (10-6) won despite playing without sophomore Brandon Randolph, who missed his third straight game. Randolph recently picked up an offer from Manhattan.
Freshman Chris Childs had 19 points and senior Max Ishmael added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
“From the standpoint of a team effort, we got some great contributions from some guys who normally don’t produce like that,” Kammrath said.
Masters’ defense withstood 32 points from Rye Country Day’s Salim Green and another 17 from Vince Conn. The high-scoring duo — they average nearly 50 ppg combined — was productive, but Green, Conn and the rest of the Wildcats struggled shooting, finishing just 16 for 60 (26 percent).
“We’re a really good shooting team. We have four guys on our team who have had multiple 3-pointers in games,” Rye Country Day coach Chris Wirth said. “I’ve never seen a half when we shot that poorly, both the first and the second half.”
Green scored 22 of his points in the second half, but Childs helped a 10-2 run midway through the second half that left the Panthers with more than enough cushion.
“We started slow shooting the ball, so that set us back a bit,” Green said. “We came out in the second half and gave up that one run that opened up the game a little bit. We just couldn’t make it all the way back.”
The teams meet again on Friday at Masters.
Best of the rest: In the consoaltion game of the Dapper McDonald Classic, Pierre Lys had 17 points and Brandon Johnson added 15 as Woodlands rolled past Port Chester, 80-36. … Kevin Silverberg had a triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as Salesian beat visiting White Plains, 64-51. … Dominick Cristiano had 14 points and Sean Delaney added 13 as Kennedy beat visiting St. Edmund, 60-40. … Rickey McGill had 23 points to lead four players in double figures as Spring Valley topped Nanuet, 81-53, to finish the season 17-1. … Marco Morency had 16 points and four assists and Noah Morgan added 11 points as Mount Vernon beat visiting DeWitt Clinton, 77-57. … Ryan Train hit the typing 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Carmel fell 60-58 when John Jay-East Fishkill’s Jake Kurst scored at the buzzer. … Bo Fishman had 13 points as Blind Brook defeated Hastings, 45-25. … Cameron Ciero and Jeffrey Merchant had 20 points and Mercant grabbed 12 rebounds as Horace Greeley edged John Jay, 55-54. … Derrick Felder had 27 points and six rebounds and Dijon Gonzales added 11 points as Saunders beat Riverside 78-62 at Cross Hill Academy. … Peter Hoffmann had 23 points in Haldane’s 61-51 victory over Yonkers Montessori. … Andrew Brennan had 15 points as Irvington downed visiting North Salem, 60-28. … Teejay Searight had 31 points, five rebounds and five assists as Croton-Harmon won 69-57 at Hen Hud in the Gazette Cup. … Michael Arias and Jason Schneider had 17 points apiece as North Rockland topped Albertus Magnus, 66-61. … Christian Landgrebe had 19 points as Scarsdale downed visiting Brewster, 54-43.
Saunders 78, Riverside 62
Roosevelt 47, Gorton 40
Haldane 61, Yonkers Montessori 51
Irvington 60, North Salem 28
Arlington 67, Susquehanna Valley 42
Mount Vernon 77, DeWitt Clinton 57
John Jay-EF 60, Carmel 58
Blind Brook 45, Hastings 25
Masters 68, Rye Country Day 58
Horace Greeley 55, John Jay 54
Spring Valley 81, Nanuet 53
Kennedy 60, St. Edmund 40
Salesian 64, White Plains 51
Croton-Harmon 69, Hen Hud 57
North Rockland 66, Albertus Magnus 61
Scarsdale 54, Brewster 43
Dapper McDonald Classic
At Harrison High School:
Consolation: Woodlands 80, Port Chester 36
Championship: Harrison 65, Fox Lane 59
Loughlin at Stepinac, 4 p.m.