An 18-day layoff and the burden of being one of the region’s last two undefeated teams slowed down Pine Bush at times on Monday night. But it wasn’t nearly enough to stop the Section 9 Class AA favorites.
Pine Bush blew past Our Lady of Lourdes on the road, using a 12-1 run in the third quarter to cruise to a 64-45 victory to move to 14-0 on the season.
HIGHLIGHTS: Pine Bush 64, Lourdes 45 (2/6/17) - Coming Soon
The key, as it has been all season for the Bushmen, was balance in scoring and backcourt defensive pressure. Marquis Johnson scored 17 points, Bryan Powell had 15 and Brandon Powell added 14 for Pine Bush, the No. 5 ranked team in the latest Hudson Valley boys basketball rankings. The Bushmen are ranked No. xx in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Lourdes trailed 28-20 at the half before scoring the first eight points in the third. Joe Healey connected on a pair of 3-pointers for the Warriors, who struggled to find any offensive consistency after that.
Johnson gave Lourdes the biggest problem on both ends in the second half.
James Anozie scored 18 points and Kevin Townes added 13 for Lourdes, which has two games left on its schedule. The Warriors travel to Peekskill on Friday in a game that will determine the League 2-E champion (both are 5-2 in league play). They close the season at home on Monday against Fox Lane.
League champs crowned: With less than a week left in the Section 1 season, eight of the 13 league champions have been crowned.
The winners who’ve clinched titles:
Briarcliff won the 3-A title with Saturday’s win over Croton-Harmon.
Arlington can clinch with 1-A title with a win. Tuckahoe clinched the 3-D championship with Hamilton’s loss on Monday to Solomon Schechter. Woodlands can win the 3-C title with a win on Tuesday over Dobbs Ferry. Bronxville and Edgemont are tied for the 3-B title with one game left each. Putnam Valley and North Salem secured a share of the League 3-E title.
Friday’s Lourdes at Peekskill matchup is a winner-take-all for the 2-E crown.
Player of the Day (Friday): Sol Barer, Yorktown. Don’t discount how important Friday’s win over Fox Lane was for the Huskers. It kept their bid for their first league title in eight years alive (likely will be a split with the Foxes). It would also be their third in 27 years. Barer was obviously vital against Fox Lane, which beat the Huskers in dramatic fashion two weeks earlier. Barer had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists on Senior Night, was strong defensively, and picked up the slack with Tanner Dyslin out injured.
Player of the Day (Saturday): Alex Benson, Beacon. The numbers in Saturday’s win over Lakeland are nice — 19 points, five assists. But Benson’s contribution to this Bulldogs team go far beyond stats. He’s taken the reigns since the forfeits turned them from 7-3 to 0-10 and got them believing they could still salvage the season. Two days after signing to play football at Pace University, Benson scored his 1,000th career in Friday’s jaw-dropping overtime win against Hen Hud to make up serious ground in qualifying for the postseason.
Player of the Day (Monday): Noah Morgan, Mount Vernon. This is the time of the year when players make their “Mr. Basketball” push and Morgan is doing it for the Knights. He was brilliant on Monday, posting 28 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in an 87-71 win over Wadleigh at home.
Tweet of the Day (Monday): Watch our show. You’ll enjoy it. Jimmy Cavallo and myself break down Stepinac’s win over Iona Prep, and then take a whip around Section 1 with discussion of Mount Vernon, Spring Valley, New Rochelle, Byram Hills, Ossining, Beacon and more.
Bracketology Central: Get the latest Bracketology updates for boys and girls basketball, including bracket projections for boys basketball here.
Three Best Games of the Day (Tuesday): The schedule is littered with good CHSAA matchups and a slew of intriguing non-league games in Section 1.
1. Stepinac at Molloy, 4 p.m.: The league’s hottest team in Stepinac travels to the league’s best team in Molloy. If momentum means anything, the Crusaders have a shot here.
2. Tappan Zee at Rye, 6:15 p.m.: The Dutchmen have two games standing between them and an undefeated regular season. Neither will be easy. Rye poses a serious defensive challenge. Ketcham on Friday is playing well of late, as well.
3. John Jay-CR at Saunders, 4:30 p.m.: Important game for seeding purposes in Class A as Saunders tries to keep pace and secure a No. 4 seed.
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