While classes may be out due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, school will still be in session for some of our local gals… on the court, that is.
I will be making my way down to the Pirates Cove again to see Pearl River host North Rockland in what is arguably a battle of the best two teams in Rockland. Monday will be the first of two meeting between these two teams this week, so whoever is on the wrong side of the scoreboard Monday will have little time to wait for revenge (rematch is Friday at North Rockland).
Regardless of the extremely slim schedule, this game probably still would have been our “Game of the Night.” By the way, I was able to track down our GOTN from Friday this evening and am proud to report that I have (finally) recorded my first correct pick (John Jay beat Somers, 40-31). Let’s see if I can make it two in-a-row on Monday…
Senior captain Missy Scognamiglio (left, driving) will lead an experienced Pirates squad against sophomore Ciera Rivera (right, driving) and the talented, young Red Raiders.
MIKE SEZ: These two are very evenly matched on many levels — both are quick, both can score, and both are lacking in the height department. This will be a perfect “Offense vs. Defense” match up, as one of the top offenses in North Rockland takes on one of the top defenses in Pearl River. I’ve seen North Rockland a couple of times this year, and even in the games I haven’t seen, the M.O. is the same: the weakness is in the paint. North Rockland reminds of a winning version of the Los Angles Lakers — everyone knows they can score, but they also allow more points than they should, which, more often than not, makes them work harder than they have to. Again, remember that there’s nine freshmen and sophomores on this team. Pearl River’s defense is swarming, they are more experienced than North Rockland, and they will have the comfort of playing on their home court. Pearl River may not always score a bunch, but they will lock down most teams on defense. I think North Rockland will have to shoot the ball lights out to win this game, mainly because I don’t see them getting very many good looks at the hoop. I don’t see this game being very high-scoring at all, so something tells me free-throw shooting will play a big factor. As I said earlier, the Pirates have the experience, defense, and home-court advantage; I think all signs are pointing to a “W” — Pearl River wins it, 57-50.
PHIL SEZ: I’ve been impressed with Pearl River’s supreme fitness and discipline. Neither team has the distinct height advantage, so it will be fast-paced. I know North Rockland can score in bunches, but against a team that can match them in that category, I think Pearl River takes it, 66-56.
Game of the Night recap: (Overall record, games broken by final score)
Phil Terrigno: 3-1 (2-0)
Mike Zacchio: 1-3 (0-2)
Monday, January 21
Cornwall at Suffern, noon
North Rockland at Pearl River, 2 p.m. — GAME OF THE NIGHT
Peekskill at Non-region opponent, 3 p.m.
Consolation: Pelham vs. Yorktown, 3 p.m.
Championship: Nanuet vs. Lakeland, 7 p.m.
Today’s record: 0-0
Season record: 167-55