In the first two years that International Association of Approved Basketball Officials local board 114 has held its Officials vs. Cancer event, the organization has been able to donate more than $20,000 to the American Cancer Society.
This year, the third-annual event has made changes to expand its scope, with more games spread over two sites.
The first day of the event will include four games held Sunday at SUNY New Paltz, with four more games following on Jan. 31 at Dutchess Community College.
The event was held exclusively at New Paltz the previous two years. Having the event in two locations will give locals from both sides of the Hudson River a fair shake, tournament organizer Bill Proal said.
The schedule was expanded from seven games a year ago, and Proal said each of the eight will stand out.
“We try to get matchups you don’t see in the regular season — matchups locals aren’t used to seeing,” Proal said. “It’s something we try to do.”
Here’s a look ahead at Officials vs. Cancer contests:
Sunday at SUNY New Paltz
Roy C. Ketcham vs. James O’Neill, 12:30 p.m.
Players to watch: Ketcham — Matt Fields, Tim Reilly, Matt Seidner; O’Neill — Malik Johnson, Jefferson Espinal, Ed Urena.
The lowdown: The Indians (2-9) have played a difficult schedule this year, taking losses to the likes of Our Lady of Lourdes, Arlington and John Jay. Ketcham picked up a win in the consolation round of the Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament on its home court on Dec. 30, beating Beacon, 61-34. Fields led the way with 19 points over the Bulldogs, while Reilly and Seidner each scored 12. … O’Neill (4-5) beat Spackenkill in last year’s Officials vs. Cancer event and recently picked up a 62-58 win over Warwick on Jan. 17. Espinal had 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Lourdes vs. Cornwall, 2:15 p.m .
Players to watch: Lourdes — James Anozie, Luke Timm, Dean Rotger; Cornwall — Dan Malvey, Bo Vitale, Jason Bailey.
The lowdown: Lourdes, which went 5-5 over its first 10 games, has had past success in this event. The Warriors beat Marlboro 57-48 in last year’s Officials vs. Cancer contest. Anozie scored 16 points in one of the Warriors’ latest games, a 58-44 loss to Arlington on Jan. 15. … Bailey scored 25 points in Cornwall’s 57-46 road win over Goshen on Jan. 16.
Saugerties vs. Newburgh Free Academy, 4 p.m.
Players to watch: Saugerties — Darnell Edge, Paton Gibbs, Nick Teitter; Newburgh — Donovan Fields, Dante Davis, Justin Mitchell.
The lowdown: The Sawyers (7-2) have been solid this season, having beaten Franklin D. Roosevelt and New Paltz. Saugerties’ two losses came against Red Hook and Poughkeepsie. Edge is averaging 18.3 points per game, and Gibbs is averaging 16.3 ppg. … Newburgh’s (3-5) season so far has been highlighted by victories over Archbishop Carroll and Kingston. Mitchell scored 16 points for Newburgh in its 58-57 loss to Pine Bush on Jan. 16.
New Paltz vs. John Jay, 5:45 p.m.
Players to watch: New Paltz — C.J. Burke, Mike Krebs, Matt Kanan; John Jay — Justin Cunha, Hugh Huggins, Ryan Schumacher.
The lowdown: This Section 1 against Section 9 faceoff is a rematch of last year’s Officials vs. Cancer event, a New Paltz victory, and the finals of this season’s James I. O’Neill Holiday Tournament, won by the Patriots, 67-62. In this season’s matchup, John Jay took an 18-point lead before a late 23-8 Huguenots run gave them a chance to win. Burke scored 22 points against John Jay and 20 points in a 84-67 loss to Saugerties on Jan. 13. … The Patriots (7-4) have enjoyed a surge lately, collecting consecutive wins over Carmel and Mahopac. Schumacher and Cunha each scored 24 points in the win over Mahopac while Huggins added 21.
Jan. 31 at Dutchess Community College
Spackenkill vs. Haldane, 12:30 p.m.
Players to watch: Spackenkill — Justin Etts, Alex Strom, Joseph Mills; Haldane — Will Zuvic, Peter Hoffmann, Edmund Fitzgerald.
The lowdown: Spackenkill, which won five of its first seven games this season, beat Ellenville 76-57 on Jan. 16. Etts led the visiting Spartans with 29 points, four rebounds and three assists. … Haldane (8-3), the defending Section 1 Class C champion, will be making its Officials vs. Cancer debut. Hoffmann, one of Haldane’s leading scorers this year, put in his 1,000th career point on Jan. 15 in a 72-45 Blue Devil win over North Salem.
Roosevelt vs. Arlington, 2:15 p.m.
Players to watch: Roosevelt — Ishmael Chisholm, Ruben Jimenez, Chris Roach; Arlington — Jon Girard, Brendan Sunday, Dan Schweitzer.
The lowdown: Roosevelt, winner of seven of its first nine games, recently beat Poughkeepsie, 65-56, on Jan. 13 behind a 20-point performance by Roach. … Undefeated Arlington (9-0) remains one of the top-level teams in Section 1 Class AA, having won the Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30. In the Admirals’ 58-44 win over Lourdes, Sunday led all scorers with 20 points.
Red Hook vs. Woodlands, 4 p.m.
Players to watch: Red Hook — Nick Michitsch, Dennis Hare, Will Avis; Woodlands — Jamil Gambari, Ross Joseph, Brandon Johnson.
The lowdown: Bob Murphy, longtime Poughkeepsie head coach, makes his return to the area as head coach at Woodlands, the defending Section 1 Class B champion. … The Raiders, last year’s Section 9 Class A champion, went into Tuesday riding an eight-game win streak. Hare and Michitsch scored nine points apiece in the Raiders’ 54-19 win over Rondout Valley on Jan. 15.
Poughkeepsie vs. Kingston, 5:45 p.m.
Players to watch: Poughkeepsie — Sanjay Ruparelia, Matt DeLoatch, Caval Haylett; Kingston — Josh Alvarez-Mapes, Anthony Feliciano, Tyler Robinson.
The lowdown: The Pioneers (5-3) will get another chance against Kingston, having lost to the Tigers in each of the first two Officials vs. Cancer events. In Poughkeepsie’s 65-56 loss to Roosevelt, Haylett scored a team-high 17 points while DeLoatch contributed with 14. … Robinson scored 14 points in Kingston’s 57-55 loss to Valley Central on Jan. 16.
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