Girls Class A
Under first year head coach Ray Franklin, the 15-seed Eagles secured home court–at least for a play-in round game–when they host 18-seed Nanuet on Feb. 13. Both Nanuet and the Eagles have played well since the turn of 2014, as the Eagles have picked up some big wins, including a victory over rival Pelham, and Nanuet finished the regular season by winning two of its last three games.
The Golden Knights nearly finished the season with three straight victories, but fell by a point on Feb. 7 to Pearl River, who enters sectionals as the eighth seed.
The winner of the outbracket game will take on second-seeded Albertus Magnus on Feb. 14.
Girls Class B
11th-seeded Bronxville might not be favored in its Feb. 14 showdown with sixth-seeded Valhalla, but the Broncos have shown flashes this year that could point to a favorable outcome in the first-round. In fact, Bronxville’s signature performance may have come in a Feb. 3 loss to Class A Pelham in a game that saw the Broncos come within one point of pulling off a major upset.
Valhalla, on the other hand, holds wins over a few common opponents with the Broncos, notably Edgemont, who has two victories over Bronxville this year.
Girls Class C
The Tuckahoe girls have had a remarkable regular season, punching their ticket to the Class C semifinals as a two-seed and earning the right to take on Keio. Despite the Tigers’ dominance at times this season, the third-seeded Unicorns are no pushover. On Dec. 18, Keio beat Tuckahoe by nine points, extending its slim first-half lead in the third quarter. Tuckahoe will need to play a solid four quarters of basketball to advance to the section final.
Boys Class A
After a dominant 16-2 season, the Eagles were rewarded with the top seed and a first-round bye in the Class A playoffs. They will be watching the outbracket game between Gorton and Rye to see which club comes away with the dubious honor of trying to knock the Eagles off their perch on Feb. 14. With stellar guard play from Jack Daly and Benny Dimirco, versatile forwards like Mike Milo and Andrew Schultz, and an unrelenting, fast-paced tempo, the Eagles should be favorites to once again make it to the County Center.
Boys Class B
The 11th-seeded Broncos will take on Croton Harmon on Feb. 14, in what should be an entertaining first-round game. The Broncos’ schedule might have been a bit tougher–as evidenced their record–but the teams have fared roughly the same against similar opponents. Both Croton and Bronxville fell by double digits to a powerful Irvington team, while cruising to easy wins against Hastings. This should be a good test for a mature–but still young–Bronxville squad.
Class C Boys
At 7-11 on the year, Tuckahoe won’t go automatically to the County Center, but will instead have to play a quarterfinal game against Children’s Village on Feb. 18 for the right to play top-seeded Martin Luther King in the semis. But, as the Tigers have shown, their brutal schedule often means seedings don’t really matter in the postseason as they are perennially one of the toughest outs in the Class C tourney.
In fact, Tuckahoe played MLK on Jan. 30 and headed into the fourth quarter with the score knotted up before losing a 47-45 heartbreaker.
The Tigers have played well as of late, avenging an early-season loss to Bronxville on Feb. 7 in a game which saw Max Pearce explode to drop 25 points on the Broncos. Look for a King-Tuckahoe rematch at the County Center to be in the card.
-Reporting by Mike Smith