Like yesterday, the Slam Dunk Tournament is not the only thing on the schedule; although, it is the most anticipated.
The finals of the Hastings tournament will also conclude today, starting at noon. The Slam Dunk, however, is getting underway in just about 20 minutes. Irvington and Ardsley take to the court in the final girls showcase game of the tournament. The second bracket semifinals begin at 1 p.m. with North Rockland-Long Island Lutheran.
Check the three previous posts for my game stories on Peekskill-Albertus Magnus, New Rochelle-Lourdes and my colleague Jermaine Dennis’ write-up about Fox Lane’s overtime win over Pelham. The Peekskill-Albertus Magnus gamer includes photos and video from LoHud photographer Peter Carr.
Saturday, December 28
Consolation: Yonkers vs. Hastings, noon
Championship: Sleepy Hollow vs. Yorktown, 4 p.m.
Slam Dunk tournament
at Westchester County Center
Showcase: Ardsley vs. Irvington, 9 a.m.
Semifinals: North Rockland vs. Long Island Lutheran, 1 p.m.
Semifinals: Ossining vs. Archbishop Molloy, 3 p.m.
Semifinal No. 1 preview: This is going to be a very long day for North Rockland. Facing a Lutheran team that won the Class A Federation title last year, then was bumped up to Class AA this year, the Red Raiders will have a very tall task ahead of them. The Crusaders have a significant height advantage and the top player in Class A last year, Lauren “Boogie” Brozoski. North Rockland could very well be held under 40 points tonight; it will need its best game for all 32 minutes to contend with the out-of-town team. My official prediction: Long Island Lutheran 69, North Rockland 45.
Semifinal No. 2 preview: One of the biggest games of the season, the Ossining and Molloy will meet in a crossover match for the third consecutive season. The Pride have won the previous two, but that was large in part to Saniya Chong scoring 55 points and 37 points, respectively in those contests. (Worth noting that Chong fouled out in the third quarter of last year’s game.) I’m anxious to finally see this year’s Pride team, mainly sharpshooter Shadeen Samuels; the sophomore was injured during last season’s playoffs when I saw Ossining. From what I hear, the Lions have three Division-I recruits, so today’s game should be very exciting. My official prediction: Ossining 81, Molloy 76.