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The basketball season in the Hudson Valley is coming to a close, each and every game becomes more and more important. On Saturday two of the premier basketball programs in Section 1, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, host teams from around the area in two exciting showcase events that could have huge implications in the upcoming sectional tournament.
Playoff seeds are on the line and MSG Varsity takes an in-depth look at the two events this Saturday. MSG Varsity baskebtall reporter Jordan Griffith also makes his predictions.
Super Saturday at Mount Vernon H.S.
Game 1 – Saunders vs. Tuckahoe, 12:15 p.m.: The day starts off with one of the up-and-coming Class A programs, Saunders, versus the defending Class C champions and unbeaten Tuckahoe. Saunders has done a great job this year behind Jerrell Benitez and Mike Sullivan and has the record the prove it. Saunders could make a run in the Class A playoffs, but Tuckahoe and its’ legitimate star Sky Williams will be too much. Jordan's pick: Tuckahoe 64, Saunders 51
Game 2 – Bronxville vs. Eastchester, 2 p.m.: Another smaller school against a Class A team takes place in the second game of the day in what should be an intriguing match-up. Bronxville will try to slow the ball down against Eastchester, but the Eagles’ combo of Jack Daly and Dave Solano will prove to be too potent. Jordan's pick: Eastchester 55, Bronxville 46
Game 3 – Mamaroneck vs. Mount Vernon, 3:45 p.m.: Every game right now is geared toward the playoffs and this is no different. Mount Vernon is the defending state and Federation champion and should cruise to a victory. But Mamaroneck has a great opportunity to play well and build some momentum heading into the playoffs. Jordan's pick: Mount Vernon 70, Mamaroneck 47
Game 4 – Cardinal Spellman vs. Sleepy Hollow, 5:30 p.m.: A tough match-up for Sleepy Hollow but the Horseman will gain experience from the competition. Jordan's pick: Spellman 81, Sleepy Hollow 58
New Rochelle Showcase at New Rochelle H.S.
Game 1 – Poughkeepsie vs. Kennedy Catholic, 12 p.m.: A possible playoff match-up kicks off the day at New Rochelle in a game that could go down-to-the-wire. Kennedy transfer Thiago Randazzo is still raw but is a force down-low and it will be interesting to see how Poughkeepsie deals with his ability to attack the offensive glass. Poughkeepsie has been up and down but is playing well of late and could squeeze this one out. Jordan's pick: Poughkeepsie 64, Kennedy 61.
Game 2 – Tappan Zee vs. Byram Hills, 2 p.m.: Forget the game of the weekend — this one could be the Game of the Year in Class A. Byram Hills is the defending Class A champion but Tappan Zee is undefeated and playing some of the best basketball around. The two schools also have two of the best crowds in the section and New Rochelle will surely be packed with loyal supporters. It will be interesting to see how Tappan Zee defends Byram Hills and their high-powered offense. But in the end, Tappan Zee remains undefeated in a great game. Jordan's pick: Tappan Zee 59, Byram Hills 53.
Game 3 – Iona Prep vs. New Rochelle, 4 p.m.: The final game of the day should be an exciting one with two New Rochelle schools battling for bragging rights. New Rochelle forward Joe Clarke has been playing extremely well, but Iona Prep and their rugged big-man Tim McCarthy take pride in their defense. New Rochelle will try and out-run the Gaels but Iona’s defense will prevail. Jordan's pick: Iona Prep 55, New Rochelle 47.