After defeating Buffalo 83-79 in the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival at Johnson City earlier in the day, Hudson Valley came up one game short of repeating as the tournament champions on Sunday, losing to Rochester 75-66.
Hudson Valley, which finished the tournament with a 5-1 record, has now medaled in all five years the event has been held.
“Last year’s team was one of the best the event had seen, the playing field was pretty level this year,” Hudson Valley coach Bill Thom said. “We had a lot of talent; we tired to press and run to negate some of the size of the other teams, and today, we just kind of hit a wall.”
Saunders’ Derrick Felder, who recently picked up his first Division I college offer from Bryant, led Hudson Valley with 17 points. He had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists against Buffalo earlier in the day.
“We didn’t play as good as we did the previous game,” he said. “We didn’t do the same things we did the game before, and they adjusted; they had a different defensive scheme, and they played good.”
Iona Prep’s Patrick Fleming, a commit to Division II Assumption, had 10 points, while Eastchester’s Benny DiMirco had six points and three rebounds despite rolling his ankle early in the game.
Kennedy’s Elijah Hughes, who committed to Division I East Carolina earlier this summer, was held to nine points on 1-of-8 shooting. He scored 42 points in the team’s 103-79 win over Central on Saturday.
“They went man-to-man on him and denied him all over the floor,” Thom said. “It was our sixth game in 36 hours, it was a combination of things; they had a good game plan, and I think (Elijah) was a little fatigued.”
Dan Masino and Matt Keenan had 17 points each to lead Rochester, while Anthony Lamb, who led Greece Athena to title at the Slam Dunk tournament at the Westchester County Center in December, had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with eight rebounds.
“We didn’t have a person who could really match up and stop him,” Thom said of Lamb. “They had three Division-I kids, maybe four; they had a few kids who could shoot the ball well.”