The Lower Hudson Basketball Coaches Association hosted their annual senior games on Thursday night at Harrison High School. It’s always a fun, casual way to end the Section 1 season. Last night was no different despite the absence of several of the area’s top players for the CYP.
Two of the most fun parts of these events are always the slam dunk and 3-point contests. Somers’ Matt Maloney won the latter over Hamilton’s Eli Sierra and Haldane’s Edmund Fitzgerald, who won the contest in the early game. Fitzgerald was a double winner, having won the dunk contest in the early game as well. He then gave Mount Vernon’s Marlon Taylor stiff competition in the slam dunk final, but Taylor emerged victorious.
Taylor had topped Haldane’s Peter Hoffmann and Panas’ Mike Evans in the preliminary round of the slam dunk.
Here’s my video of Evans, Fitzgerald and Taylor doing their thing:
In the 5 p.m. game (mostly all-conference players), the Gold rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat the Blue, 85-77. Woodlands senior Pierre Lys continued his strong finish to the season by winning MVP. He scored 23 points and was the facilitator of his team’s comeback. Mount Vernon’s Justin Alleyne added 16. The leading scored was the Blue’s Jamarr Joseph. The Spring Valley swingman poured in 30 points, including 17 in the first half.
In the nightcap, the Gold beat the Blue, 92-89, behind the strong shooting of Sierra and Maloney. Sierra scored 22 points to earn game MVP honors on the strength of six 3-pointers. Maloney was scoreless in the first half, but he erupted for 15 points on five 3s in the second.
Hoffmann scored 19 in defeat. Byram Hills big man Andrew Groll added 16.