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Live from the Slam Dunk tournament

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 4:29 PM — @MSGVarsityKDJ

Updated Mon, Dec 30, 2013 12:43 PM
Live from the Slam Dunk tournament

at Westchester County Center

Sunday, December 29

Boys tournament
Consolation: Cardinal Spellman 63, Saunders 56

Despite trailing by seven points at halftime, Spellman outscored the Blue Devils 36-22 in the second half to squeeze out the win. Dom Arena scored 31 points, including 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, and also had five rebounds. He also hit two free throws late to seal the victory. Tony Rugova had 10 points and nine rebounds, John Licesse had eight points, eight assists and six rebounds and Corey Grant had eight points. Derrick Felder had 27 points and 15 rebounds for Saunders and Dijon Gonzales had 12 points.

Championship: White Plains 62, Middletown 47

Mike DeMello scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half as the Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at the half and entering the fourth before White Plains broke away. DeMello added nine steals and five assists and Justin Tapper added 12 points and 20 rebounds in the win.

Girls tournament
Consolation: Molloy 77, North Rockland 55

Molloy shot 50 percent from the field and had assists on 25 of its 30 field goals to cruise to the win. Aryn McClure had a game-high 21 points and added seven rebounds and four assists for Molloy. Nyasha Irizarry had 13 points, Emer Moloney had 11 points and Nicole Tetta had 11 points. Olivia Burden had 19 points for North Rockland and Alyssa Williams had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Championsip: Long Island Lutheran 52, Ossining 39

Boys showcase game
Pearl River 82, Dobbs Ferry 51

Kevin Degnan recorded 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Pirates rolled to a victory.


Thursday, December 26
Boys tournament

Spring Valley 95, Bedford Academy 62
Rickey McGill posted 30 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals to help Spring Valley cruise to an easy win. McGill scored 17 points in the third quarter for the Tigers as they outscored Bedford Academy 33-15 in the period and 58-30 in second and third quarters combined. Deyondre Downing added 17 points, Kai Mitchell had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jayson Woodbine had 10 points in just eight minutes. Latye Workman had 16 points and five rebounds in the loss for Bedford. Spring Valley will fac Iona Prep in the championship game Friday at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast LIVE on

Iona Prep 79, Eastchester 69
Matt Ryan scored 24 points to lead the Gaels into the Slam Dunk championship game. Ryan was 6-of-12 from behind the arc and also had six rebounds while Ty Jerome posted 19 points, four rebounds and three assists. Tom Capuano had 14 points and Isaiah Ice added 10 points and four assists for the Gaels, who outscored Eastchester 29-18 in the second quarter. Eastchester sophomore Benny Dimirco had 27 points, including 8 3-pointers, and added four steals while Jack Daly posted 16 points and eight rebounds. Iona Prep will face Spring Valley, who it beat in the Harry Jefferson Classic at White Plains, in the Slam Dunk title game Friday at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast LIVE on

Girls tournament

Albertus Magnus 57, Lourdes 53
Ryan Doherty sank two free throws with 2.1 seconds left as the Falcons pulled off the upset. Kelly Guarino scored 23 points with nine rebounds and four assists for Albertus, which trailed by five points entering the fourth quarter. Madison McGrath added 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting for the Falcons, who'll face Peekskill in the final on Friday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast LIVE on

Peekskill 62, New Rochelle 61
New Rochelle's jumper from the corner at the buzzer was off the mark as Peekskill hung on in the final minute after leading the entire game. Lanay Rodney scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds and Morgan Beechum added 10 points for Peekskill. Ajsha White-Silas scored 14 points for New Ro and Amirror Dixon added 13 points and Sydney Pinn had 12 in the loss.

Girls showcase game
Sleepy Hollow 53, White Plains 30

Friday, December 27
Boys tournament

Consolation: Bedford Academy 52, Eastchester 51

Latye Workman scored the game-ahead basket in the final minute as Bedford held off Eastchester's fourth-quarter comeback. Workman had 14 points and seven rebounds and Ian Roach added 12 points and seven boards. Jack Daly scored 16 points with seven rebounds and six steals for Eastchester, which shot just 3 for 21 from 3-point range and 8 of 17 at the foul line. Benny Dimirco added 14 and Nick Campana scored 11 in the loss.

Championship: Iona Prep 56, Spring Valley 46 

Matt Ryan took home the game's MVP, scoring a game-high 22 points and had eight rebounds to power the Gaels to the victory. Ty Jerome added 18 points and four steals, Isaiah Ice had nine points and Tom Capuano had seven points as the four scored all of Iona Prep's points. Jordan Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the loss, Kai Mitchell had nine points, 13 rebounds and five assists and Rickey McGill and Joseph Jamarr each had eight points.

Boys showcase games
Poughkeepsie 66, Sleepy Hollow 52
Malik Williams scored 21 points with eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Pioneers. Taiquam Johnson added 12 points and Sanjay Ruparelia scored 11 in the win. Poughkeepsie shot 48-percent from the floor and outrebounded the Headless Horsemen 38-25, including 14 on the offensive glass. Nick Arduino scored 24 points for the Horsemen.

Putnam Valley 53, Yorktown 36
Jelani Bell-Isaac posted 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks and threw down a monster second half alley-oop to lead the Tigers to the win. Zach Coleman scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds and three steals and Zack Nolan had nine points and three steals. Sophomore Luis Cartagena had 16 points and five rebounds in the loss for Yorktown.

Girls tournanament
Consolation: Lourdes 53, New Rochelle 37

Emily Ferreri posted a game-high 19 points and added nine rebounds and four assists to lead the way for Lourdes. Mary Riley added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Paige Decker had nine points and six assists. Amirror Dixon posted 17 points and Ajsha White-Silas had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals for New Rochelle.

Championship: Peekskill 56, Albertus Magnus 40
In a rematch of last year's Section 1 championship game, Lanay Rodney posted 20 points, four steals and four rebounds to take home the Slam Dunk tournament MVP. Tiarra Dillard added 10 points, Morgan Beechum and Nyrie Holliman each had seven points and Adrianne Jackson had five points, eight rebounds and two steals. Ryan Doherty had 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the loss and Madison McGrath had 11 points, six rebounds and two steals. Magnus star Kelly Guarino had 13 points and six rebounds despite suffering a deep gash to her eyebrow in the second quarter.

Saturday, December 28

Boys tournament

White Plains 74, Cardinal Spellman 48

Jordan Tucker scored 24 of his 34 points in the first half as the Tigers cruised to the victory. Tucker shot 12 of 19 from the floor and 6 of 11 from 3-point range. Justin Tapper had 14 points and nine rebounds for White Plains, which will face Middletown in the tournament final on Sunday at 7 p.m. Dom Arena led Spellman with 20 points and Cory Grant added 14 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Middletown 76, Saunders 49

Middletown trailed 16-12 after the first quarter but outscored the Blue Devils 48-23 in the second and third quarters to break the game open. Marlon Adams had 12 points and six rebounds, Daniel Grant had 10 points and six rebounds and Johnathan Holder, Aaron Ray and Shandy Casimir each had eight points. Casimir also added eight rebounds and seven blocks for the Bears, who will face White Plains in the championship game Sunday at 7 p.m.

Girls tournament
Long Island Lutheran 71, North Rockland 64

Michigan-bound point guard Boogie Brozoski scored 22 points and dished out five assists as LuHi earned a spot in Sunday's championship against Ossining. Katie Lavelle had 17 points and eight rebounds and Erin Storck had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals in the victory. Olivia Burden led North Rockland with 16 points and Pam Miceus had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Gabrielle Cajou had 15 points for the Red Raiders, who'll play Molloy in Sunday's consolation game.

Ossining 64, Molloy 61

Jalay Knowles scored 23 points and 13 rebounds as the reigning Class AA state champs advanced to the Slam Dunk title game against Long Island Lutheran at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Shadeen Samuels had 15 points and Stefanie Svoboda added nine points and eight assists. Aryn McClure had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks for Molloy. Kathryn Gibson all 12 of her points in the fourth quarter in the defeat.

Showcase games

Girls: Irvington 66, Ardsley 58

Laurilyn Gelardi had 23 points and 12 rebounds as Irvington pulled out the close win. The Bulldogs are now 18-2 in their last 20 games in the County Center over the last five years. Lauren Chafizadeh added 21 points and five rebounds and freshman Lindsay Halpin had 15 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Casey Foley had 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Ardsley, Nicolina Chenard had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Cassidy Wootten had nine points and seven rebounds, Isabella DePasquale had nine points and Marielle Bremer had seven points, four assists and four rebounds.

Boys: Fox Lane 56, Stepinac 53

James Morales posted 21 points and five rebounds and Nicholas Bonura had 11 points and six rebounds to lead the way for the Foxes. Matt Redhead had nine points and four rebounds for Fox Lane, who outscored the Crusaders 18-10 in the fourth quarter. Demarcus Miller had 20 points and five steals for Stepinac and Naim Thomas had 18 points and six rebounds.


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