NANUET – The way Terence Rogers viewed his team’s draw of Albertus Magnus in the first round, it was everyone else who had it wrong.
“We had a week and a half off. Our last game was a week ago Saturday,” said Rogers, the Nanuet senior point guard. “There was a lot of talk that they were the first-round team we didn’t want to draw. I’m sure we weren’t the first-round team they wanted to draw.”
And, oh, did the Golden Knights prove it. The No. 4 seed outplayed No. 13 Albertus Magnus at every turn and downed the rival Falcons 61-42 in a Class A first-round game.
Rogers and senior Kevin Mackin each scored 21 points as Nanuet won its 10th straight game. In fact, the Golden Knights (16-5) haven’t lost since falling on their home floor to Albertus Jan. 8.
Their fortunes turned the next morning, and the team now stands one win shy of the County Center.
“We had a meeting the next morning and we regrouped,” Mackin said. “We’ve practiced really hard every single day since. It’s really helped us. We’re a much different team now.”
The Rogers-Mackin duo, one of the section’s top backcourts, had plenty of assistance from their teammates Wednesday. The defense held Albertus to 26 percent shooting and their big men controlled the glass at both ends.
Now, Nanuet will host No. 5 Rye at 6 Friday night in the quarterfinals.
“It’s been a lot of good wins and a lot of good times,” Rogers said.
Player of the game: Terence Rogers, Nanuet. In addition to his 21 points, Rogers had seven rebounds, dished out six assists and had three steals. He scored 11 points in the third quarter as Nanuet built a comfortable halftime cushion into a 48-32 lead.
Turning point: Albertus pulled ahead 18-17 early in the second quarter, but Mackin answered quickly, draining two straight 3-pointers. Nanuet closed the half by outscoring the Falcons 15-3 and then cruised to victory in the second half.
Stat line: Nanuet outrebounded Albertus 44-30 and grabbed 16 of those rebounds on the offensive end. Senior Jordan Landsman, a Cornell football commit, had a game-high 14 boards. … Nick D’Allara added nine points and six rebounds, including seven points in the opening quarter. … Albertus shot just 26 percent (13 for 50) and finished 3 of 18 from 3-point range. … Justin Bullock had 13 points and five rebounds for the Falcons. Collin Crispino had 10 points and David Garcia had eight points and nine rebounds.
Quotable: “We’re a football team,” Rogers said, referencing Nanuet’s bulk up front. “They made it to the sectional championship. It helps having 750 pounds in our three kids down low. They have our backs and we have theirs.”
Class A first round
Tappan Zee 63, John Jay 55 (OT): At No. 1 Tappan Zee, Robert McWilliams (16 points) and Victor Clervil (15) led four Dutchmen in double figures. No. 17 John Jay was led by Jake Murphy, who had 20 points, including a basket with five seconds left that sent the game to overtime. Tappan Zee will host No. 9 Harrison in Friday’s quarterfinals at a time to be determined.
Class AA first round
Mount Vernon 101, Ramapo 53: At No. 1 Mount Vernon, Jamie Wiltshire had 20 points and Marco Morency added 19 to pace the Knights. Divine Cesar had 19 for No. 17 Ramapo and finished as the program’s all-time leading scorer. Mount Vernon will host No. 8 Clarkstown South at 4 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Fox Lane 72, Yorktown 52: At No. 2 Fox Lane, the Foxes beat Yorktown for the third time this season behind Matt Redhead’s 25 points and 14 rebounds. Fox Lane will host No. 7 New Rochelle at 6 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Spring Valley 77, Clarkstown North 54: At No. 3 Spring Valley, Marc Dorsainvil had 24 points, seven rebounds and three steals to lead the Tigers, who beat the Rams for the third time this season. Spring Valley will host No. 11 White Plains at 1 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Saunders 54, Arlington 33: At No. 4 Saunders, Derrick Felder had 26 points nd 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who will host No. 5 Ossining at 5 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Ossining 66, Carmel 59: At No. 5 Ossining, Obie Toppin had 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and five steals for the host. Ossining will visit No. 4 Saunders at 5 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
New Rochelle 68, Scarsdale 53: At No. 7 New Rochelle, Jake Long (22) and Jonathan Garcia (13) combined for 35 points off the bench for the Huguenots. New Rochelle will travel to No. 2 Fox Lane at 6 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Clarkstown South 67, Ketcham 59: At No. 8 Clarkstown South, Andrew Bunyan had 22 points to lead the Vikings. South will visit No. 1 Mount Vernon at 4 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals — a rematch of last year’s Class AA championship game.
Class B first round
Briarcliff 86, Dobbs Ferry 47: At No. 1 Briarcliff, Sean Crowley had 21 points to pace the Bears. Victor Roca had 20 for No. 16 Dobbs. Briarcliff, which has won 19 straight, will host No. 9 Ardsley at 4 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Putnam Valley 40, Irvington 34: At No. 2 Putnam Valley, Harrison Deegan had 13 points to lead the Tigers. Daniel DeMatteo had 12 for No. 15 Irvington. Putnam Valley will host No. 10 Pleasantville at 6 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Blind Brook 59, Rye Neck 31: At No. 3 Blind Brook, Austin Lavitt had 15 points and Matt Jaffe added 10 to lead the Trojans, who beat the Panthers for the third time this season. Blind Brook will host No. 6 Bronxville in Saturday’s quarterfinals at a time to be determined.
Hastings 66, Palisade Prep 48: At No. 4 Hastings, Oliver Scrapie had 21 points and hit five 3-pointers off the bench for Hastings. Hastings will host No. 5 Woodlands in Saturday’s quarterfinals at a time to be determined.
Woodlands 57, Croton-Harmon 45: At No. 5 Woodlands, Paris Brown had 18 points and Noel Fleurimond had 16 and 13 rebounds for the host. Bill Thom coached his final game for No. 12 Croton after 33 seasons, including 31 as head coach. Woodlands will visit No. 4 Hastings in Saturday’s quarterfinals at a time to be determined
Bronxville 57, Edgemont 42: At No. 6 Bronxville, Jack Reilly had 23 points and Alston Tarry had 15 to lead the Broncos. Bronxville will travel to No. 3 Blind Brook in Saturday’s quarterfinals at a time to be determined.
Ardsley 53, Valhalla 50: At No. 8 Valhalla, Julian McGarvey had 19 points for No. 9 Ardsley. The Panthers will travel to top-seeded Briarcliff at 4 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Pleasantville 48, Westlake 45: At No. 7 Westlake, No. 10 Pleasantville rallied from a 42-33 deficit with 2:48 remaining to beat Westlake for the third time this season. Mike Manley had 19 points and seven rebounds. The Panthers will travel to No. 2 Putnam Valley at 6 p.m. in Saturday’s quarterfinals.