Boys basketball: Somers takes first playoff game on the road; more results

Boys basketball: Somers takes first playoff game on the road; more results

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Boys basketball: Somers takes first playoff game on the road; more results

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Thanks to a strong effort from its bigs, No. 12 Somers secured a 54-51 win at No. 5 Saunders in the first round of the Class A playoffs Sunday.

Forwards Max Parks (12 points) and Josh Riger (eight points) each contributed big buckets to help the Tuskers get out to an early lead and weather a late Blue Devils’ run.

Somers will play at No. 4 Harrison Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

The Blue Devils also got contributions from their backcourt of Matt Moros (15 points) and Conor Cousin (10 points). But Somers coach Chris DiCintio said the play of Parks, Riger and Matt Arita were key to the victory.

“Their leadership, determination and focus was very important,” DiCintio said.

Derrick Felder had 23 points and Anthony Miller added 13 for Saunders, which made a late run.

“We bend but we don’t break,” DiCintio said. “When our backs are against the wall we tend to rise to the occasion.”

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Mount Vernon 74, North Rockland 46: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 1 Mount Vernon, Brandon Martin had 16 points and six rebounds, Judah Alexander had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and Marquis Henry scored 15 points off the bench. Mike Earlington had 14 points to lead No. 17 North Rockland. Mount Vernon will host No. 9 New Rochelle on Thursday at 5 p.m in the quarterfinals.

Mahopac 60, Suffern 53: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 5 Mahopac, Ryan Simone had 23 points and nine rebounds. R.J. Martinez had 17 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. The Indians made 16 of 17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. They will travel to No. 4 Fox Lane on Thursday at 6 p.m. for the quarterfinals.

Fox Lane 59, Clarkstown North 47: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 4 Fox Lane, Nic Bonura had 23 points and hit six 3-pointers. James Morales added 16 points. Matt Dabrowski had 15 for No. 20 Clarkstown North. Jeremy Becker added 10. Fox Lane will host No. 5 Mahopac on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Harrison 60, John Jay 48: In a Class A first-round game at No. 4 Harrison, Matt Stein had 22 points, Coby Lefkowitz had 15 and Joe Nannariello had 10 to help the Huskies recover from an early deficit. Phil Toon scored 11 to lead No. 13 John Jay. Harrison will host No. 12 Somers on Wednesday in a quarterfinal.

Eastchester 84, Rye 51: In a Class A first-round game at No. 1 Eastchester, Nick Campana had 23 points and Jack Daly added 20. The Eagles will host the winner of No. 8 Byram Hills vs. No. 24 Sleepy Hollow on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Briarcliff 54, Valhalla 43: In a Class B first-round game at No. 8 Valhalla, No. 9 Briarcliff outscored the Vikings 22-11 in the fourth quarter. Freshman Jack Reish and Jeff Blair scored 12 points apiece for the Bears. Sean Crowley added 11. Mark Kinnally had 13 points to lead Valhalla. Briarcliff will play at No. 1 Irvington on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Blind Brook 76, Yonkers Montessori 38: In a Class B first-round game at No. 2 Blind Brook, Cal Snisky and Ryan Schaenman had 16 points apiece for the Trojans, who will host No. 7 Rye Neck on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Palisade Prep 64, Westlake 46: In a Class B first-round game at No. 3 Palisade Prep, senior Isaiah Ward had 18 points and 12 rebounds, including the 1,000th point of his career. Kevin Sabino added 16 points and Brandon Tate had 14. The Phoenix will host the winner of No. 6 Woodlands vs. No. 11 Dobbs Ferry on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

Woodlands 63, Dobbs Ferry 52: In a Class B first-round game at No. 6 Woodlands, Brandon Johnson scored 19 points to lead four Falcons in double figures. Pierre Lys had 13 and Jamil Gambari and Ross Joseph each had 11. Dan Foresti led No. 11 Dobbs Ferry with 19 points. Woodlands will travel to No. 3 Palisade Prep Tuesday night for the quarterfinals.

Rye Neck 58, North Salem 39: In a Class B first-round game at No. 7 Rye Neck, Matt Franks had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Pennell added 17 points and six assists. Todd Beyer led No. 10 North Salem with 11 points. Rye Neck will visit No. 2 Blind Brook on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Croton-Harmon 60, Bronxville 53: In a Class B first-round game at No. 5 Croton, Peter Dinger had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Tigers. Teejay Searight added 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Charlie Tarry had 13 points to lead No. 12 Bronxville. Croton will visit No. 4 Putnam Valley on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals

Lourdes 63, Nyack 53: In a Class A first-round game at No. 3 Lourdes, Ethan Smith Jr. had 16 points, four rebounds and two assists for the No. 19 Indians. Jahnai Henry added 14 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. The Warriors will host the winner between No. 6 Tappan Zee and No. 11 Poughkeepsie on Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Beacon 72, Pearl River 64: In a Class A first-round game at No. 7 Beacon, Kevin Degnan had 26 points. Jack Byrnes added 17 points. The Bulldogs will head to No. 2 Panas on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for the quarterfinals.

Arlington 73, Ossining 62: In a Class AA first-round game at No. 7 Arlington, Ivan Iton had 22 points for the No. 10 Pride. James Johnson added 16 points. The Admirals will head to No. 2 Clarkstown South on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Iona Prep 73, Stepinac 45: In a CHSAA AA Archdiocesan quarterfinal at St. Ray’s, Isaiah Ice had 24 points, five rebounds and six assists for the fifth-seeded Gaels. Tom Capuano added 17 points, and starting point guard Ty Jerome had nine points, four rebounds and five assists in his return after missing the last nine games (including both Stepinac losses) because of torn ligaments in his right hand. Walter King led No. 4 Stepinac with 13 points. Iona Prep will play No. 1 Cardinal Hayes in Tuesday’s semifinals at Mount St. Michael at either 6 or 7:45 p.m.

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