With Tuesday’s weather, today’s schedule of games at the County Center has been tweaked. The Class D final between Clark and MLK has been moved to Monday at 3 and the Class AA semifinals have been pushed even deeper into primetime. Fox Lane and White Plains are scheduled to tip at 6:30 and Mount Vernon and Saunders at (lol) 8:15
I made my overall predictions and offered my insight for the final fours in Monday’s edition Journal News. Check out my Championship Week primer to see what I expect this week.
I will be back at the County Center today along with members of our photo staff to cover tonight’s games. You can find me for updates at @lohudinsider. I’ll be active on Instagram and maybe even Snapchat at the same handle, @lohudinsider.
Friday, Feb. 26
Section 1 tournament
Class AA semifinal: No. 2 Fox Lane vs. No. 11 White Plains, 6:30 p.m. — Fox Lane 76, White Plains 65. Both teams looks so good in their quarterfinal games, especially on offense. They can light it up when the outside shots are falling. Fox Lane moved the ball beautifully against New Rochelle and that ball movement will be a key to its success against White Plains. The Foxes have size and balance, which are things that run in short supply for White Plains. The Tigers will have to be better defensively and force turnovers to win. They are tough and that toughness will allow them to compete for rebounds, but Fox Lane will definitely gain some extra possessions because of its work on the glass. White Plains will also need Luis Cartagena and C.J. Layne to have big games again, but those two will need some help. Fox Lane is going to score, so the Tigers can’t just rely on two players to keep pace.
Class AA semifinal: No. 1 Mount Vernon vs. No. 4 Saunders, 8:15 p.m. — Mount Vernon 66, Saunders 54. The last time these teams met, Mount Vernon won by 10. Saunders was in that game throughout, especially in the fourth quarter. Had the Blue Devils not missed so many layups early and been able to avoid driving too deep into the paint, they might’ve had a chance to win. Mount Vernon has improved a great deal since then, but I expect Saunders to play better in the rematch, too. I don’t expect Saunders to commit 11 offensive fouls, and I think Derrick Felder — who played very well in last year’s semifinal against Mount Vernon — will play better in the rematch. I still think Mount Vernon will win by 8-12 because the Knights will make it too hard for Saunders to score. The Blue Devils will need huge games from Felder and Anthony Miller to win.