Slam Dunk central: Game recaps
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The 14th annual Slam Dunk Tournament begins on Wednesday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The four-day event features four tournaments — two boys and two girls — as well as four challenge matchup games.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Here’s the schedule for the week’s games:
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Sunday, December 30
St. Anthony's 46, Long Island Lutheran 36
St. Anthony's won the battle of Long Island with a tough defensive victory. Neither team shot better than 25% from the field, but the Friars got it done on the glass.
Chastity Taylor had a monster game with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Brown-bound Rebecca Musgrove added 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. She also had four steals.
LI Lutheran's Boogs Brozowski finished with 14 points, and Stacie Barrett had 9 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Mahopac 66, St. Mary's 59
Mahopac opened the third quarter on an 11-0 run to extend a surprising halftime lead and never allowed St. Mary's to breakthrough.
Brendan Hynes led the way with 19 points and four assists and the brothers Simone, Michael and Ryan, did more than hold their own underneath against 6-foot-8 Jessie Govan. Ryan Simone had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Michael finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Anthony Lenahan added six points and eight assists, the highest assist total of the week at the County Center.
Govan led St. Mary's with 19 points and 16 rebounds. Freshman-sensation Devonte Green added 17 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists in the loss.
Boys challenge game
South Shore 68, Peekskill 54
South Shore outscored Peekskill 27-0 in the second quarter in the midst of a 33-0 run to take a 40-16 lead at the break. UConn-bound senior Terrance Samuel took home MVP honors with 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists for the Vikings. Devyn Wilson added 14 points, and Doudmy St. Hilaire chipped in with 9 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Peekskill outscored South Shore in every quarter except for the decisive second behind a balanced scoring attack. Dan Casey led with 13 points, Musheed Muhammad added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Ramon Seawright finished with 10 points in the loss. The Red Devils shot 8-for-29 from behind the arc as a team.
Ossining 90, Irvington 84
Saniya Chong continued to add to her legacy as she posted aSlam Dunk Tournament record 51 points in the victory over the Bulldogs. She also had nine assists, six rebounds, and four steals.
Irvington ran with Ossining for 32 minutes but couldn't keep pace falling behind by 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs cut it to six in the final minute but Chong was too much at the line for Ossining.
Lexi Martins had 30 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists for Irvington. Brittni Lai added 27 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Alyssa DiCampli posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
In two games against Irvington (including last January), Chong scored 106 points. She's approximately 290 points away from the Section 1 career scoring record. She scored her 2,000th point in the Westchester County Center last March.
Stepinac 60, New Rochelle 50
Stepinac closed the game on a 10-1 run behind a running layup from Naim Thomas and a basket and a foul from Andrew Murray. New Rochelle cut into a nine-point deficit, but the Crusaders wouldn't allow the Huguenots another comeback.
Thomas led all scorers with 23 points, and Monmouth-bound point guard Josh James finished with 12 points, five rebounds, and eight assists. He also had four steals. Murray chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds against the bigger New Rochelle squad.
Joe Clarke worked hard for 22 points and 14 rebounds in the loss but shot 7-for-19 in the game and was forced into three offensive fouls down the stretch. Khalil Edney came off the bench to score 9 points and grab seven rebounds. He added three assists.
Friday, December 28
Boys challenge game
Croton-Harmon 61, North Salem 56
Croton-Harmon held off a tough North Salem team behind a dominant performance from Ian Thom. The senior point guard poured in 33 points and pulled down seven rebounds to earn MVP honors.
North Salem took just its second lead of the game with 1:35 left on a Tomas Salaverria basket, but Peter Dinger tied it up after an offensive rebound seconds later.
Thom hit a runner off the glass with 40 seconds left to give Croton the lead for good. He hit three free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Overall, Thom went 13-of-17 from the charity stripe.
North Salem stayed in the game with tough rebounding. Umar Singh, a burly 6-foot-5 power forward, led the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Irvington 59, Long Island Lutheran 58
Brittni Lai hit two free throws with six seconds left to lift Irvington to a come-from-behind victory over nemesis Long Island Lutheran.
The Bulldogs trailed 27-11 in the second quarter before making a furious comeback over the final 2 1/2 quarters. The dynamic duo of Lai and forward Lexi Martins contined to impress for Irvington.
Irvington will face the Ossining-St. Anthony's winner in the championship on Sunday at 5 p.m. LuHi will face the loser of that game in the consolation round at 11 a.m.
Ossining 80, St. Anthony's 70
Saniya Chong poured in 46 points including six 3-pointers and an 18-for-18 day from the free throw line to beat St. Anthony's, one of the top teams on the east coast.
Ossining trailed 36-35 at halftime before the Pride turned it on in the second half. Sophomore center, Jalay Knowles, battled down low for 15 points and 13 rebounds.
St. Anthony's had four players in double figures including Kalifa Davy (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Rebecca Musgrove (16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists), but the Friars unraveled a bit in the third quarter as Ossining built a 17-point lead.
Ossining will face Irvington in the final on Sunday at 5 p.m. St. Anthony's will take on Long Island Lutheran at 11 a.m. in the consolation game.
Stepinac 66, Mahopac 44
The Crusaders jumped out to 28-19 halftime lead and cruised in the second half against the Indians in a Slam Dunk semifinal game at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
Naim Thomas, playing in his second game back from a foot injury, had 16 points. DeMarcus Miller had 15 points and Josh James had 10 points for the Crusaders.
Stepinac forced 28 Mahopac turnovers, and finished the game with 15 steals, as their speed was too much for the bigger, taller Indians team.
The Indians, who were paced by Brendan Hynes’ 11 points, were able to cut the lead to nine at the end of the third quarter. But the Crusaders capitalized when Hynes picked up his fourth foul and started the fourth quarter by scoring seven straight to put the game out of reach.
The Crusaders will play the New Rochelle-St. Mary’s winner in the Slam Dunk final on Sunday afternoon at the county center.
New Rochelle 71, St. Mary's (LI) 64
Joe Clarke scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half including 12 points in the final minutes to beat the fifth-ranked Class A team in the state. Clarke added 11 rebounds as well.
New Rochelle trailed by 10 at halftime due to the dominance of 6-foot-10 sophomore Jessie Govan (24 points, 10 rebounds).
Patrick Jackson finished with 18 points. Freshman Devonte Green showed flashes of brilliance with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists and Stephen Milhaven added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Khalil Edney came off the bench to post big numbers for the Huguenots with 14 points and 10 boards. He added four steals. Smooth-shooting Derek Dorn added 16 points, including 13 in the first half to keep New Rochelle in the game.
Thursday, December 27
Hackley 59, Albertus Magnus 43
Alexandra Coppola recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds and Stefanie Frolo added 17 points and 14 boards as Hackley won the consolation game. Hackley had 32 of its 59 points in the paint and outrebounded the Falcons 46-30.
Maeve Parahus led Albertus Magnus with 21 points, 11 rebounds and three rebounds.
White Plains 30, Poly Prep 28
Justin Tapper scored a game-high 11 points with five rebounds as the Tigers hung on the final seconds to salvage a split. Robbie Lorden grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds in the victory.
Najee Taylor led Poly Prep with eight points and nine rebounds and Wolfgang Novogratz added nine points and three steals in the loss.
Boys challenge game
Somers 59, Iona Prep 58
Conor Cousin hit three 3-pointers in the final minute, including one at the buzzer, as the Tuskers stunned Iona Prep in a challenge game. Cousin only scored nine points in the contest.
John Decker had a game-high 39 points and six steals for the Tuskers, who trailed by as many as 15 and was down seven with 1:19 remaining.
Matt Ryan led Iona Prep with 27 points. The Gaels were playing without starting guard Tom Capuano, who was home sick.
Alexander Hamilton 68, The Mary Louis Academy 39
The Red Raiders raced out to a 13-point halftime lead and poured it on in the second half to beat a strong Mary Louis Academy team in the Slam Dunk Tournament final.
Maia Hood (27 points, 11 rebounds) and Tiffany Corselli (19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) took home co-MVP honors. Jasmine Robinson added 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals.
Nazareth 47, Sacred Heart 38
Samson Usilo threw down three second-half alley-oops to spur the Kingsmen on to a 15-point comeback victory. Usilo finished the game with 16 points and five rebounds and took home tournamen MVP honors.
Ammad Alkulaidi added 11 points and eight rebounds for Nazareth.
Sacred Heart was led by John Gause's 14 points and eight rebounds, but the Irish couldn't hang on the board after the first quarter. Nazareth had 17 offensive rebounds in the game to just five for Sacred Heart.
Wednesday, December 26
Girls challenge game
Dobbs Ferry 42, Rye 38
Kristen Foresti scored the go-ahead basket with less than 25 seconds to go to give the Eagled the lead for good in a closely-contested victory over Rye.
Alyssa Chipello led the Eagles with 14 points and Molly Altholtz chipped in with nine points in the win.
Rye was led by Hannah Billingsley's 10 points.
Hamilton 64, Hackley 55
Alexander Hamilton overcame a slow start to upend Hackley School in the first round of the Slam Dunk Tournament. Tiffany Corselli had 27 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals to lead the Red Raiders. Jasmine Robinson had 15 points, five rebounds, and nine steals. Maia Hood added 16 points and eight rebounds in the victory.
Hackley's Alexandra Coppolla ad 26 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Stefanie Frolo added 12 points, and 13 rebounds. Hamilton will face Mary Louis Academy at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Hackley will face Albertus Magnus in the consolation game at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
Mary Louis Academy 65, Albertus Magnus 50
Mary Louis used its solid defense and quick penetration to methodically take care of the Falcons.
Simone Hobdy had a game-high 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers. Kate Goldman added 16 points and seven rebounds. Kadijah Dickson had eight points, seven rebounds, and five steals.
Ryan Doherty led the Falcons with 15 points and seven rebounds. Maeve Parahus finished with 11 points and five boards. The Falcons shot 13-for-55 from the floor including 6-for-29 from 3-point range.
Mary Louis will face Alexander Hamilton in the Slam Dunk final at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Albertus Magnus will face Hackley in the 11 a.m. consolation game.
Sacred Heart 52, Poly Prep 48
Sacred Heart came from behind to beat Brooklyn's Poly Prep with a big fourth quarter. The Irish outscored Poly 17-7 in the decisive final frame.
Arjon Bequri scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory on 11-of-16 shooting. John Gause added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Irish.
Poly Prep was led by its freshman sensation Najee Taylor. The Newark, N.J. native was perfect from the field and scored 23 points to go with three blocks. The rest of the Blue Devils combined to shoot just 9-of-32 from the floor.
Sacred Heart will face Nazareth in the tournament final, while Poly Prep will square off against White Plains in the consolation.
Nazareth 54, White Plains 50 OT
Tisean Emmanuel came off the bench to stick a huge 3-pointer for Nazareth in the final seconds to force overtime against White Plains. They were his first points of the game. He finished with seven point.The Kingsmen outplayed the Tigers in the overtime period and pulled out the victory.
Samson Usilo led Nazareth with 17 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Ammad Alkhulaidi added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Kingsmen.
White Plains was led by Mike DeMello's 23 points and three assists. Justin Tapper added 10 points and five rebounds.
Nazareth will face Sacred Heart in the final at 7 p.m. on Thursday. White Plains will face Poly Prep in the consolation game.