Boys basketball: Mahopac wins thriller; Haldane, Palisade Prep also advance

Boys basketball: Mahopac wins thriller; Haldane, Palisade Prep also advance

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Boys basketball: Mahopac wins thriller; Haldane, Palisade Prep also advance

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Brendan Hynes had 23 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead fifth-seeded Mahopac to its 15th consecutive win, 62-59 in double-overtime against No. 4 Arlington in a Section 1 Class AA quarterfinal Wednesday night.

It was the second straight year Mahopac beat the Admirals in double-overtime for a berth in the semifinals. Overall, the Indians advanced to the County Center for the third straight year for the first time in program history.

“To say it’s a great feeling is an understatement,” said Mahopac coach Kevin Downes, whose team will play No. 9 New Rochelle next Friday at 5 p.m. “I thought last year was as good as it would get, but to go on the road and get there again and have the same kind of game? This one is really, really special.”

Ryan Simone added 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Mahopac missed two shots in regulation and one in the first overtime that would’ve won the game. In the second OT, the Indians successfully defended Arlington’s 3-point attempt just before the final buzzer.

The Admirals had beaten Mahopac in December to open the season.

“There was a time where I thought, wow, we’re letting this one get away, but I don’t think the kids ever felt that way,” Downes said. “I think that’s a credit to their experience.”

Palisade Prep 67, Hamilton 43: In a Class C quarterfinal at No. 2 Palisade Prep Wednesday, Isaiah Ward scored 17 points. Kevin Sabino-Pena added 13 and Fred Truss Jr. had 12. Albert Franco scored 19 points for the No. 7 Red Raiders. The Phoenix will play No. 6 Haldane in the semis at the County Center Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Haldane 77, Solomon Schechter 47: In a Class C quarterfinal at No. 3 Solomon Schechter Wednesday, Ryan Dahlia and Matt Forlow each scored 13 points. Chris McGovern added 11 and Peter Hoffman had 10. Jake Diamond scored 20 for the Lions.

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