This afternoon I will be covering Tappan Zee at Nanuet, so those looking to ‘follow’ along, make sure you catch me on Twitter at @Zacchio_LoHud.
As for our “Game of the Night,” today we will be going with John Jay at Somers in a 6 p.m. contest. This can be an interesting one as the Indians and Tuskers take to the court for the first time against each other this year.
Background: John Jay (5-6) posted impressive wins over Tappan Zee (W 61-44), Carmel (W 47-24), but lost to Mahopac in its last game, 56-46. Somers (5-3) hasn’t really posted any overly impressive wins this season, although they did beat Mahopac, 45-34 earlier in the year. The match ups against Mahopac could be the X-factor in predicting this game.
Now, the predicting gods have not been too kind to me in this, our first week of GOTN predictions, but as they say on the bowling lanes, “There’s a lot of sheet left.” Hopefully today will finally put me in the win column, and give Phil less bragging rights in the office…
MIKE SEZ: A lot of people automatically take to the, “John Jay lost to Mahopac (decidedly), and Somers beat Mahopac (decidedly); this is an easy pick!” — Not me. I’m a believer that anybody can beat anybody (to a degree), and that just because one team lost to one team, and another team beat that team, that the second team is a lock to win (I mean, the Wizards beat the Heat this year, c’mon now). This game all depends on which John Jay team shows up — if the team that played Hamilton to a close 52-50 loss shows up, I think they’ll win. If the team that lost to Hamilton 70-40 a few days ago shows up, I think they’ll lose. Somers doesn’t score a lot, but they don’t give up a lot. I say John Jay takes it in a close one, 51-48.
PHIL SEZ: It’s about time that we pick two different teams. Somers picked up a nice win over Peekskill earlier this year and hung tough in losses to Beacon (by 8) and Ardsley (by 4). My inclination is that John Jay is the slightly stronger team on paper because of its schedule but not by a great deal. I’ll take Somers (and the home court advantage) with the win, 56-49.
Game of the Night recap: (Overall record, games broken by final score)
Phil Terrigno: 3-0 (2-0)
Mike Zacchio: 0-3 (0-2)
Friday, January 18
Maria Regina at Moore, 4 p.m.
Tappan Zee at Nanuet, 4 p.m.
Green Meadow at Storm King, 4:15 p.m.
Hen Hud at Lakeland, 4:15 p.m.
Tuckahoe at Bronxville, 4:30 p.m.
Calhoun at Holy Child, 4:30 p.m.
Valhalla at Port Chester, 4:30 p.m.
Rye Neck at Brewster, 4:30 p.m.
Harvey at Keio, 4:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at Croton-Harmon, 4:30 p.m.
Briarcliff at Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow at Eastchester, 4:45 p.m.
Kennedy at Putnam Valley, 5 p.m.
Suffern at Clarkstown South, 5:30 p.m.
Mamaroneck at Clarkstown North, 6 p.m.
John Jay at Somers, 6 p.m. — GAME OF THE NIGHT
Harrison at Hamilton, 6:15 p.m.
Panas at Pawling, 6:15 p.m.
Dwight at Masters, 6:30 p.m.
Pearl River at Nyack, 7 p.m.
Blind Brook at Rye, 7 p.m.
North Salem at Haldane, 7 p.m.
Ossining vs. Norland (Florida) at Bishop Ford (Brooklyn), 7 p.m.