What’s worse than losing to a team? Losing to it twice in the same week.
What’s worse than that? Losing the second try on your home court.
That’s the predicament North Rockland finds itself in before tonight’s rematch with Suffern, who upset the Red Raiders at home, 58-53 on Monday. The Red Raiders can bounce back with a redemption win tonight at home, or suffer two losses to the same foes midway through the week.
I believe I’ve stated somewhere on here (I can’t find the post, then again, it’s 1:36 a.m. and my desire to find it is rather low), but Suffern’s height was bound to give North Rockland’s short, agile guards fits. The Mounties have quietly boasted one of the top defenses in the section thanks to a young, long-limbed roster that features plenty of well-rounded talent. After watching Suffern hold Scarsdale, a similar team to North Rockland, to 30 points, I knew North Rockland would likely be in trouble; however, I still thought the scores would’ve been reversed.
I have plans for the night, so I will not be stopping anywhere today. If and when I get updates, I’ll tweet them out as soon as possible so you can view them on the righthand side. For those giving flack that there was no mention of the first North Rockland-Suffern rendezvous — the one where I got results at 8:30 p.m. while writing my game story from Scarsdale — if Suffern wins again on Wednesday, I’ll be sure to drop whatever it is I’m doing to make sure the news gets out. I’ll fire flare guns from the Bronx, belt out the announcement via mega horn, and even put a call in to my editor to see if we can run it on the front page with, “EXTRA! EXTRA!” written in big, bold print. I hope you took that as ridiculously as I intended it to be.
Here’s the complete schedule, along with my predictions:
Wednesday, January 29
Fox Lane at Byram Hills, 4:30 p.m.
Suffern at North Rockland, 5:45 p.m.
Carmel at John Jay-East Fishkill, 6 p.m.
Lakeland at Yorktown, 6:15 p.m.