I watched a very good one in Rockland tonight as Nanuet closed on a 16-5 run to beat Albertus Magnus, 53-48. I also spent some time talking to coaches afterward. Here’s a recap of tonight’s action:
CLASS A: NANUET 53, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 48
Although Tate Williams spent much of the first half on the bench with foul trouble, the senior was there when Nanuet needed him Wednesday night.
Williams hit a pair of game-tying free throws with 1:26 left and then had two key steals as the 19th-seeded Golden Knights rallied to beat No. 14 Albertus Magnus 53-48 in a Class A outbracket game.
“I think sitting him kind of helped,” coach Dave Masterson said of Williams. “In the second half he was fresh. We stayed in the game long enough for him to be an effective player.”
Albertus Magnus held a 43-37 lead after Christian Conklin’s 3-pointer with 5:18 remaining, but Nanuet closed on a 16-5 run.
Terence Rogers led the Golden Knights with 22 points. He also assisted on Kevin Mackin’s go-ahead 3 with 54.8 to play, a shot that came after a Williams steal.
Rogers also assisted on a big basket by Brian Syracuse that gave Nanuet a 51-46 lead with 27.4 to play.
“We played them twice this year, and one of the games we were down by 15 in the third quarter,” said Rogers, who had 14 of his points in the first half. We knew it started with defense. We brought our defensive intensity. That’s what sparked us. It sparked us last game and it sparked us now.”
Nanuet was unfortunate to draw a league foe like Albertus in the outbracket round, but the Golden Knights will now visit No. 3 Byram Hills at 5 today with a strong resume. Nanuet now has wins over Albertus (two), Tappan Zee, North Rockland and Pearl River to its credit.
“It was disheartening. When you play anybody in the league, it’s tough,” Masterson said of his team’s draw. “To get a victory at a place when they notoriously don’t lose very often is a credit to the kids. They played really well. They didn’t quit. Things were good, things were bad, but they didn’t quit.”
CLASS A: NYACK 61, LAKELAND 57 (3 OT)
E.J. Smith scored 28 points as No. 17 Nyack won a Class A outbracket game 61-57 at No. 16 Lakeland in triple overtime. Smith scored with 3 seconds remaining in the second OT to tie the score.
It allowed the Indians to recovered after squandering a 12-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Lakeland’s Mike Morelli (29 points) led his team back, scoring in the final minute of regulation to tie it 44-44 and send the game to OT.
“I have to give them credit. No. 12 just caught fire in the fourth quarter. He made some big shots,” Nyack coach Ethan Smith said. “That could’ve been the difference in the game, but the boys didn’t give up. We’ve been in a lot of close games. I think that gave us the experience we needed to pull it out.”
Zach Novick and Eric Soder added 10 apiece for Nyack, which will now visit No. 1 Spring Valley at 5:30 on Thursday.
CLASS AA: WHITE PLAINS 44, MAHOPAC 40
C.J. Layne had 17 points and Luis Cartagena scored with 40 seconds left to ice No. 19 White Plains’ 44-40 win at No. 14 Mahopac in a Class AA outbracket game.
Kevin Trapp added nine points for the Tigers, including three late free throws that helped them advance. They will visit No. 3 Saunders — winners of 15 straight — at 4:30 Thursday.
“It’ll be a tough game,” White Plains coach Spencer Mayfield said. “We’re going to have to rise to the occasion. I’m looking forward to it. We’ll put it all out there.”
White Plains led throughout, although Mahopac did take a brief one-point lead in the second half. Still, the game was tight until Cartagena’s basket in the final minute made it a two-possession game.
Cartagena played after sitting out last Saturday’s loss at Salesian with an ankle injury.
This was just White Plains’ fifth win of the season.
“I think it means a lot to them,” Mayfield said. “I told them, the game has no memory. It doesn’t care about your record. You’re 0-0 with everybody else. Just take care of business and you’re in the flow (of the tournament).”
CLASS A: RYE 51, JOHN JAY 37
George Kirby had 20 points and Mark Croughan added 10, six rebounds and three blocks as No. 13 Rye beat No. 20 John Jay, 51-37.
Charlie Nagle added 11 points for the Garnets, who have now won three straight for the first time all season. They visit No. 4 Harrison at 6:15 Thursday having won five of seven. The rival Huskies beat them twice during the regular season.
“We’re excited,” Rye coach John Aguilar said. “The kids really respect them. I think Gary (Chiarella) is one of the best, most underrated coaches around. So our kids respect them. That’s the biggest key. They think they’re one of the best teams in A. I know we’re not coming out overconfident, but we’re comfortable against them. They know if we do what we can do, we can compete.”
Defense remained a key for the Garnets, who switched to a matchup zone late in the season and have reaped the benefits, including victories over Eastchester and Byram Hills. The change came after losing the second time to Harrison.
“It gives us a different look,” Aguilar said. “We were always a bridesmaid. We were in they game, but we fell short. But after the second Harrison loss, we had a talk with the team and something had to change. We had to change our rotation, we had to change our philosophy as a team.”
After leading by just one at halftime, Rye surged to a 10-point lead on the back of Kirby’s strong third quarter. The Garnets avenged a loss to John Jay in December.
CLASS AA: SCARSDALE 63, KETCHAM 58
Caleb Krohn had 21 points and Michael Rolfe had 11 and 18 rebounds as No. 15 Scarsdale edged No. 18 Ketcham 63-58 in a Class AA outbracket game.
“He was unbelievable on the boards,” Raiders coach Jon Feld said of Rolfe.
Scarsdale led by as many as 11 points in the first half before its lead was trimmed to 27-21 at the break. The Raiders regained a double-digit lead in the second half before Ketcham cut it to four with a little over a minute to play. Joey Katz than had a corner 3 hit the rim, the backboard and drop to give Scarsdale cushion to close out the victory.
The Raiders were 10 for 10 at the line in the second half, including 6 for 6 down the stretch.
They now have to travel to No. 2 Mount Vernon, which beat them twice during the regular season.
“Listen, if you want to advance, you’re going to have to play them at some point,” Feld said. “It doesn’t matter when you play them, you’re going to have to play them. Hopefully we’ll be able to hit our shots and we can keep it close. Obviously, we go in as an underdog. … You’re playing against the favorite to win the whole thing. They have their sights set on what their goal is. We’ll do what we do and hope for the best.”
Class A outbracket games
Hen Hud 49, Peekskill 46: At Hen Hud, Jesse Breeding had 23 points as No. 11 Hen Hud beat visiting Peekskill, the No. 22 seed, 49-46 in a Class A outbracket game. Aaron Trienish added 11 points and Carson Jacobs had 10. Vondell Nelson and Anthony Murphy had 12 points for Peekskill. The Sailors beat Peekskill for the second straight time after not beating them since Dec. 2003.
Pelham 68, Brewster 47: At Pelham, Brendan Roche had 19 points and three steals and Matt O’Neil added 14 as No. 10 Pelham beat No. 23 Brewster 68-47 in a Class A outbracket game. The Pelicans jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed.
Panas 44, Yonkers 34: At Panas, Mike Evans has 12 points and nine rebounds as No. 15 Panas, the defending Class A champ, defeated No. 18 Yonkers, 44-34, in a Class A outbracket game.
Yorktown 65, Gorton 36: At Yorktown, Mason Dyslin had 21 points and seven rebounds and Matt Broder added nine points as No. 9 Yorktown topped No. 24 Gorton 65-36 in a Class A outbracket game.
Sleepy Hollow 56, Riverside 42: At Sleepy Hollow, Wendell Brand had 24 points and Joey Good 12 and seven assists as No. 8 Sleepy Hollow topped No. 25 Riverside, 56-42.
Class AA outbracket games
Carmel 56, Clarkstown North 37: At Carmel, Ryan Train had 20 points and Josh Alexander added 12 and 14 rebounds as No. 16 Carmel beat No. 17 Clarkstown North 56-37 in a Class AA outbracket game.