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Section 1 boys basketball tournament preview

Posted Thursday, February 12, 2009 by The Journal News

February 12, 2009

Class A

Favorite: Peekskill. The Red Devils have won the last four sectional titles and are the heaviest of favorites in all classes.

Challenger: Lakeland. The Hornets have all the pieces to contend with Peekskill, led by rapidly improving point guard Gary Austin.

Best first-round game: No. 12 Tappan Zee at No. 5 Pearl River. Does it get any better than this? Two rivals on a Friday night in the playoffs. Arrive early.

Cinderella: Harrison. The 14th-seeded Huskies are making their first playoff appearance in five seasons, and face rival Rye in the opening round.

Upset special: No. 10 Kennedy over No. 7 Pelham. Pelham upset Kennedy in the first round last season, so the Gaels are eager to return the favor.

MVP candidates: Daquan Brickhouse, Peekskill; Lavor Morris, Lakeland; Ralph Watts, Peekskill

County Center-bound: Peekskill, Lourdes, Rye, Lakeland

Championship: Peekskill over Lakeland

Additional Facts
Section 1 boys basketball tournament schedule

Tomorrow
Opening round
Class AA
No. 11 Horace Greeley at No. 6 New Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
No. 9 Gorton at No. 8 Lincoln, 4:30 p.m.
Mamaroneck-White Plains winner at No. 3 Poughkeepsie, 5 p.m.
Ramapo-Roosevelt winner at No. 1 Mount Vernon, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Fox Lane at No. 5 Mahopac, 7 p.m. No. 13 John Jay-EF at No. 4 Yorktown, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Clarkstown South at No. 7 Arlington, 7 p.m.
Ossining-Scarsdale winner at No. 2 North Rockland, TBA
Class A
No. 14 Harrison at No. 3 Rye, 4:30 p.m.
No. 11 Ardsley at No. 6 Yonkers, 4:30 p.m.
No. 15 Beacon at No. 2 Lakeland, 6 p.m.
No. 9 Byram Hills at No. 8 Spring Valley, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Tappan Zee at No. 5 Pearl River, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Brewster at No. 4 Lourdes, TBA
No. 10 Kennedy at No. 7 Pelham, TBA
Class B
No. 13 Briarcliff at No. 4 Nanuet, 5 p.m.
No. 14 Rye Neck at No. 3 Pawling, 5:30 p.m.
No. 9 Bronxville at No. 8 Hastings, 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 Irvington at No. 5 Lincoln Hall, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Westlake at No. 6 Croton-Harmon, 7 p.m.
No. 10 Edgemont at No. 7 Pleasantville, TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 17
Section 1 quarterfinals:
Class AA
Lincoln-Gorton winner vs. Mount Vernon-Ramapo/Roosevelt winner
Fox Lane-Mahopac winner vs. John Jay-EF-Yorktown winner
New Rochelle-Horace Greeley winner vs. Poughkeepsie-Mamaroneck/White Plains winner
Clarkstown South-Arlington winner vs. North Rockland-Ossining/Scarsdale winner
Class C
No. 7 Hawthorne-CK at No. 2 Valhalla, 4:30 p.m.
No. 8 Tuckahoe at No. 1 Blind Brook, 6 p.m.
No. 5 Children's Village at No. 4 North Salem, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Solomon Schechter at No. 3 Hamilton, TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Section 1 playoffs
Class A
Spring Valley-Byram Hills winner at Peekskill
Pearl River-Tappan Zee winner vs. Brewster-Lourdes
Rye-Harrison winner vs. Ardsley-Yonkers winner
Pelham-Kennedy winner vs. Beacon-Lakeland
Class B
Hastings-Bronxville at No. 1 Albertus Magnus
Nanuet-Briarcliff winner vs. Lincoln Hall-Irvington winner
Pawling-Rye Neck winner vs. Westlake-Croton winner
Pleasantville-Edgemont winner at No. 2 Dobbs Ferry

Monday, Feb. 23-27
Semifinals, at Westchester County Center

Saturday, Feb, 28-March 1
Championships, at Westchester County Center

March 10-11
State regional semifinals, site and times TBA

March 13-14
State regional finals, site and times TBA

March 20-22
State final four, at Glens Falls Civic Center

March 27-29
Federation tournament, at Glens Falls Civic Center


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