Max Twyman isn’t one to boast. But anytime he and his brothers debate their basketball skills, Max has end-all response.
The Rye senior became on Wednesday the only member of his basketball-rich family to score 1,000 career points. Twyman, the younger brother of former Rye stars Jack and Chris Twyman, scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the 64-49 win over Sleepy Hollow in a Class A outbracket game.
“I definitely have the bragging rights over them now,” Twyman said with a laugh.
Twyman, who said he plans to attend the University of Cincinnati and play as a walk-on, leads 15th-seeded Rye into Friday’s opening round at No. 2 Eastchester. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Rye surges into the next round after a strong second-half performance against Sleepy Hollow. The 18th-seeded Headless Horseman came out firing and had an early lead on a
“We knew they had some good shooters and they showed that early,” Twyman said. “We came out flat and were a little lackadaisical in the first half. But then we gave the effort needed.”
Twyman was at the center of that. He had five assists and three blocks, and keyed a 23-15 with a 3-pointer, which put him over the 1,000-point plateau.
“The second I let it go, I knew it was good,” said Twyman, who had the crowd chanting how many more points he needed for 1,000 in the first half. “It was definitely in the back of my mind and it was hard to ignore. I just had to come out and non rush it, just play in the flow of the game.”
The flow picked up for the Garnets as they broke the game open in the third quarter. Mike O’Neill scored 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and Drew Abate scored 14 points, shooting 7-of-9 from the floor and grabbing six rebounds.
Twyman said the Garnets feel confident despite facing a 17-win Eastchester team on the road on Friday.
“It’s happened before,” Twyman said. “When I was a freshman, we went to Sleepy Hollow in the first round and they were the No. 2 seed. We were expected to get blown out and, in the back of our mind, we knew were could beat them and we did.
“We definitely feel confident. We played Eastchester in a scrimmage and know the way they play. We are happy with our draw.”
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