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Friday’s games marked a second straight perfect day of picks for yours truly. I’m now 39-8 overall this postseason, including a 10-1 mark this week. Clarkstown South over Arlington, 61-60? Well, I was off by a point, but not bad.
Anyway, enough about that. We’re now onto Championship Weekend at the County Center, which will play host to a pair of boys finals and a pair of girls finals both Saturday and Sunday. The boys Class C and B finals are scheduled for this afternoon — at 2 and 5, respectively.
I’ve given you a chance to vote your prediction in the polls below. Here’s how I see both games playing out:
Class C championship
No. 1 Haldane vs. No. 3 Tuckahoe, 2 p.m.
The key: Haldane’s size advantage. The Blue Devils are one of the biggest teams we’ve seen at the County Center all week. Despite Tuckahoe’s impressive semifinal win on Monday, Hamilton’s Jason Barrera had a field day on the boards. Haldane has multiple big men who are bigger than Barrera. Tuckahoe will need to county that size with its athleticism.
The pick: Haldane 60, Tuckahoe 44. Even though I already whiffed on Tuckahoe once, this is much more of a pro-Haldane pick. I think the Blue Devils are an elite team at any level. In the Class C field, they have an almost unfair advantage.
Class B championship
No. 1 Woodlands vs. No. 2 Briarcliff, 5 p.m.
The key: Second-chance points. Briarcliff needs ’em. In fact, it probably needs a lot of them. The Bears simply aren’t going to score enough against a team like Woodlands unless they clean the glass at both ends, and turn some of those second chances into points. Woodlands is not the biggest team, and Sean Crowley, Jeff Blair and Josiah Cobbs give Briarcliff plenty of size up front. If this game is close, it’s because the Bears used that to their advantage.
The pick: Woodlands 66, Briarcliff 51. Woodlands coasted a little bit at times against Putnam Valley, but expect the defending champ to be locked in for the final. If anything, Putnam Valley’s competitiveness could serve as a wake-up call.