Suffern at Pearl River, 2 p.m.
Slam Dunk tournament
Mount Vernon vs Baldwin, 9 a.m.
Kennedy vs White Plains, 10:45 p.m.
Peekskill vs Ossining, 12:30 p.m
Irvington vs Briarcliff, 2:15 p.m.
Slam Dunk tournament updates…
This is David Kiarsis, live from the Westchester County Center, providing updates on the third place games of the Slam Dunk tournament. I arrived a little late, so I’ll have some stats at halftime, but at the end of the first quarter, Mount Vernon and Baldwin are tied at 12.
Baldwin’s pressure defense has the Lady Knights rattled as they’ve opened up a 19-13 lead midway through the second quarter.
Baldwin hits a three at the buzzer to end what was a very sloppy second quarter. They lead Mount Vernon 24-15 at the half.
After 21 turnovers in the first half, Mount Vernon’s offensive struggles continue as they trail 30-17 midway through the third.
The only thing that was really keeping Mount Vernon in this game was Baldwin’s poor shooting. Well, their shots started to fall in the third as they open up a 39-23 lead as we head to the fourth.
The Lady Knights have picked up their play, but still trail 47-31 with 4:31 to go.
Baldwin holds on for a 53-40 win. Stats to come…
Luburdia Gordon had a team-high 13 points for the Lady Knights. Sade King added 10 points and Donisha Watson had 12 rebounds.
Keys to the Game
Even though Mount Vernon shot a better percentage (37.8% to 30.8%) they turned the ball over twice as much (28 to 14). Baldwin also outrebounded the Lady Knights 46-34 despite a noticeable size disadvantage.
Kennedy and White plains are set to tip off in a couple of minutes…
Poor shooting to start for both teams. White Plains leads 4-0 with 4:21 to go in the first.
White Plains leads 11-2 at the end of the first quarter. Sophia Roman has eight of the Tigers’ first quarter points.
The Tigers defense continues to smother Kennedy — they lead 23-10 with a little over a minute to play in the half.
White Plains leads 23-12 at the half behind 12 points by Sophia Roman and 10 points by Yinka Idowu.
Start of the second half…
Roman with the first bucket of the third. Tigers extend their lead to 13 with 5:49 to go in the quarter.
White Plains leads 40-16 at the end three. Roman has 21 points to lead all scorer’s.
The Tigers now lead 41-21 with 4:27 to go in the game.
In quite a performance at both ends of the court, the Tigers come away with an impressive 47-24 win.
12:46 p.m.: Josh here. I’m covering the Ossining-Peekskill game. Ossining leads 11-5 so far after a 3 for Kathryn Polleta and a 3 by Saniya Chong. There’s still 2:53 left in the first quarter. Chong has eight, including 5 of 6 from the line.
12:57 p.m.: Ossining leads 13-9 at the end of the quarter. The game has been stamped by 14 fouls between the two teams, which has really slowed the action.
1:08 p.m.: Timeout Ossining, which leads 23-19 with 3:42 left in the first half. Sheridan Taylor just hit back to back hoops to cut into Peekskill’s eight-point deficit.
1:22 p.m.: A very competitive half here at the County Center. Peekskill pulled ahead on a free throw by Troi Nolan, and later on a basket by Asia Jackson, who has played a strong half. But two free throws by Christina Rupp in the final minute gave Ossining a 28-27 lead at the break.
Peekskill is in serious foul trouble. Jazmin Garcia, Tasia Nolan and Troi Nolan all have three fouls for the Red Devils, who have committed 16 fouls total.Jackson, Taylor and Kiana Letsinger each have two. That means that Peekskill’s top six are in foul trouble.
Why? Well, because they have done a good job guarding Chong. The sophomore is just 2 for 13 from the field. Taylor has guarded Chong in a box-and-one with immediate help. The tactic has worked, but Chong has drawn a million fouls. She’s 13 of 15 from the line and has 19 points to go with seven rebounds. Rupp has four points and seven rebounds for Ossining.
Jackson leads Peekskill with 12 points. Taylor has four points and seven rebounds.
Ossining is just 4 for 26 from the field, so that will have to change if it wants to pull this out. Peekskill will have its top players on the floor more, you would imagine, in the second half.
1:47 p.m.: Timeout Peekskill. The game is tied 39-39 with 3:07 left in the third. A 9-3 run gave Ossining a 37-35 lead, but Peekskill got four quick points on two free throws by Troi Nolan and two more by Garcia. Garcia’s came after a technical foul was assessed to Dan Ricci for arguing with officials.
1:53 p.m.: You can’t want more than this. Tie game, 45-45, going into the fourth. There have already been 13 team fouls this half, making it 40 fouls for three quarters.
Peekskill has really done an outstanding job on Chong, but Ossining has stayed in it by knocking down four 3’s and being proficient at the line. It should be an interesting fourth quarter.
2:08 p.m.: Great fourth quarter for Peekskill, with Jackson, Taylor and Tasia Nolan have all played well. But Chong just hit a layup and an NBA 3. It’s 61-56 with 2:39 left.
2:18 p.m.: Peekskill led 64-56 with two minutes to play but eight points by Chong and Danielle Gervacio have trimmed it to 66-64 with 47.2 left.
2:25 p.m.: Peekskill survives 70-66. Chong had a 3 with about 15 seconds left that would have tied the game but Peekskill did a great job defending her, and forced a deep one from well behind the line. Garcia then missed two free throws with 7.8 to play and her team up three, but Letsinger grabbed the offensive rebound and Tasia Nolan hit 1 of 2 to ice it.
2:59 p.m.: Briarcliff-Irvington underway. Brianna Reid has a pair of three-pointers and Celaj one, and the Bears are up 11-3 halfway through the first.
3:04 p.m.: Lai made a three-point play and a layup, Martins a layup and Giddens a free throw. Briarcliff up 13-11 with 1:24 left in first.
3:08 p.m.: Heyda hit a short jumper at the buzzer to break a tie, and give Briarcliff a 17-15 lead after one quarter.
3:14 p.m.: Irvington on a 16-4 run, leads 22-18 midway through the second.
3:22 p.m.: Giddens has eight in the quarter, Martins seven, and Irvington is up 30-21 with a minute left.
3:25 p.m.: Savina Reid with a putback at the buzzer. Irvington leads 33-26 at halftime. Stats to follow.
3:27 p.m.: Halftime stats—Giddens 13 points for Irvington, followed by Martins with 12 and Lai with 7. Brianna Reid leads Briarcliff with 8, Heyda has 6 and Cornacchio 5. Martins has 12 rebounds, Cornacchio 6 and Heyda 5. Lai has five steals.
3:38 p.m.: Briarcliff opens with baskets by Celaj and Cornacchio and trails 33-30 early in the third.
3:43 p.m.: Lai with a three and a two, and McMahon with a pair of threes, and Irvington has opened a 46-32 lead with 3:18 left in the third.
3:50 p.m.: Irvington finishes the third quarter on a 22-2 run. Leads 57-34 after three.
3:59 p.m.: Halfway through the fourth, Irvington up 69-40.
4:06 p.m.: Final score, Irvington 73, Briarcliff 49. Will have some stats later.
Some final stats: Alexis Martins and Brittni Lai were named co-MVPs. Martins had 18 points, 18 rebounds six assists and three blocks. Lai had 25 points, four rebounds, eight steals, two assists. Marley Giddins had 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists. For Briarcliff, Kasey Heyda had 10 points and six rebounds, Leanna Cornacchio had eight points and 10 rebounds and three steals. Savina Reid added eight points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals.
4:19 p.m.: Jake here. Josh just sent me some stats from the Peekskill game. Asia Jackson won MVP with 20 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Tasia Nolan added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Saniya Chong had 46 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and five steals. She shot 10 for 37, 4 for 20 from 3 and 22-26 from the line. That gave her 86 points in two games.
“Saniya tried to do a little too much early,” coach Dan Ricci said. “I think she was better in the second half. She was settling for 3’s when she could’ve got to the rim more. But nothing for nothing, they were fouling her on every play. They can only call so many, but they could’ve called it on every play. That was the only way they could stop her and they didn’t stop her; she had 46 points.”