Super 16: Big week ahead in HV hoops

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 12:35 AM

Updated Mon, Jan 9, 2012 3:41 PM
Super 16: Big week ahead in HV hoops

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The next seven days of the basketball season will reveal a lot as teams across the Hudson Valley make their postseason push.

It all really starts on Tuesday with five crucial games in Section 1 and Section 9, highlighted by a pair of Class AA showdowns — Mount Vernon hosting rival White Plains and Newburgh traveling to unbeaten Kingston.

Below are a list of the 16 biggest games of the week:

White Plains at Mount Vernon, Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.: Will any Section 1 teams test the Knights this season? We’ll find out more on Tuesday. The five-time champs host rival White Plains, the only Section 1 team to defeat Mount Vernon during last year’s state championship season. Devaney's pick: Mount Vernon 73, White Plains 53

Kennedy at Peekskill, Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.: The longtime rivals find themselves on the cusp of serious consideration for a Section 1 championship in Class A. A convincing win here would catapult either into the conversation. Devaney's pick: Kennedy 56, Peekskill 54

Spackenkill at Pine Plains, Tuesday, 5:45 p.m.: Pine Plains, the defending Section 9 Class C champs, put its 7-0 record on the line against Spackenkill. 6-2 Rob Lamont (16.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and 6-7 Tyler Lydon (13.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg) have been a dynamic duo. Devaney's pick: Pine Plains 67, Spackenkill 63

Newburgh at Kingston, Tuesday, 7 p.m.: A must-see matchup between two of Section 9’s top programs. Kingston hasn't beaten Newburgh, the three-time champs, since 2003. A win and the Tigers are officially the Class AA favorites. Devaney's pick: Kingston 61, Newburgh 55

Lourdes at Beacon, Tuesday, 6 p.m.: The Dutchess County rivals meet in what is always a hotly contested matchup. Lourdes has won four straight and faces a Beacon squad that’s been on the wrong end of some close games. Devaney's pick: Lourdes 59, Beacon 56

Clarkstown South at North Rockland, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.: The top two Class AA teams in Rockland square off in a game that will be pivotal for Section 1 seeding. Both teams have narrow losses to Pearl River and Tappan Zee in common. Devaney's pick: North Rockland 52, Clarkstown South 50

Woodlands at Dobbs Ferry, Wednesday, 6 p.m.: The playoff picture in Class B will begin to take shape as the top contender to Albertus Magnus will be determined in this game. Both are big and physical inside and feature standout point guards. Devaney's pick: Dobbs Ferry 54, Woodlands 52

Briarcliff at Croton-Harmon, Thursday, 6:15 p.m.: Two teams that are lurking in Class B in Section 1 meet for the first of two contests. Croton has really come together but faces a Bears squad that’s won four straight. Devaney's pick: Briarcliff 62, Croton-Harmon 55

Poughkeepsie at Arlington, Thursday, 4:15 p.m.: Arlington is poised to beat Poughkeepsie for the first time in a long time. The Admirals are 7-2 and winners of five in a row and face a Pioneers squad that’s battled inconsistency all season. Devaney's pick: Arlington 60, Poughkeepsie 56

Moore Catholic at Iona Prep, Thursday, 4 p.m.: The CHSAA A Division favorite could emerge from this game. Moore is 14-2 and unbeaten in league play. Iona, coming off its first loss to All Hallows last Friday, will have its work cut out for it. Devaney's pick: Moore Catholic 52, Iona Prep 48

Middletown at Newburgh, Thursday, 7 p.m.: Another marquee matchup for Newburgh as it faces a Middletown squad many picked to win a Section 9 Class AA championship in the preseason. Devaney's pick: Newburgh 67, Middletown 62

Byram Hills at Fox Lane, Friday, 6 p.m.: The Bobcats were able to contain Fox Lane star Will Trawick when these teams met a month ago. But Trawick has been spectacular in the past few games and is poised to get even this time around. Devaney's pick: Byram Hills 59, Fox Lane 55

Ellenville at Pine Plains, Friday, 6:30 p.m.: A big week for Pine Plains continues as they face another top Section 9 Class B contender. The challenging schedule will only help the Bombers in the long run. Devaney's pick: Pine Plains 70, Ellenville 60

Horace Greeley at Peekskill, Saturday, 2 p.m.: It’s always a down-to-the-wire affair when these rivals meet. Greeley is one of the few teams that has the guard-play to handle Peekskill’s relentless pressure. Devaney's pick: Peekskill 67, Greeley 60

Mount Vernon vs. South Shore, Saturday at Baruch College, 7 p.m.: South Shore has played a brutal schedule, beating the likes of Norcross (Ga.) and nationally-ranked Boys & Girls, and losing a one-point game with St. Patrick (N.J.). The Knights need tests like this. Devaney's pick: Mount Vernon 78, South Shore 72

Pleasantville vs. Briarcliff, Sunday at Manhattan College, noon: The week rounds out with a rivalry showdown between two Class B contenders in Section 1 on a big stage. Devaney's pick: Pleasantville 57, Briarcliff 54

Did we miss a game? Email Kevin Devaney Jr. at kdevaney@cablevision.com


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