For the defending Section One and New York State champion Knights, this was familiar territory.
Top-seeded Mount Vernon and Coach Bob Cimmino entered the matchup against upstart Ramapo a decided favorite but taking nothing for granted against a dangerous opponent.
Seniors Demetre Roberts and Jason Douglas-Stanley, 32 points and 14 points, respectively, performed as expected in leading the team on a state championship run that would fall just short.
Ramapo rides 18 seed to Section One finals
No one likes to have their bracket busted, but there’s few things more fun than watching the team that busts it. Ramapo boys did just that, leveraging an unlikely 18 seed to make a run at a Section One title.
The Gryphons knocked off No. 3 Mamaroneck for a shot at mighty Mount Vernon, eventual winners in the AA championship game.
Underdog Ardsley goes far
It wasn’t just Julian McGarvey’s last-second marksmanship in the sectional final game that distinguished the Panthers’ amazing postseason.
The run that ended with a state championship game loss to Amityville began with the eighth seed in Section One’s Class A.
Ardsley had to make its way past No. 1, No. 4 and No. 6 seeds - Rye, Hendrick Hudson and Tappan Zee, respectively - first. They won by margins of nine, five and one point, respectively.
McGarvey himself put the experience in proper perspective after the Amityville game. “That team was the best team I've probably ever played in AAU or high school,” he told lohud.com, “but this journey is something I'll probably never forget."
Irvington Girls: Key quartet makes it 4 straight
Winning championships is hard, but keeping a championship unit intact may be even harder. Irvington did just that.
Seniors Olivia Valdes, Heather Hall, Mary Brereton, and Kelly Degnan led the Bulldogs to a Section One Class B, where they raised the gold ball following a win over Briarcliff. The number 1 seed won 74-64 at Pace University.
Remarkably, this wasn’t just the quartet’s fourth-straight title. It was also Irvington’s second four-in-a-row title run since 2010.
Can anyone say “one for the thumb”?
Briarcliff Boys move on to state tournament
Falling just short a year ago in a bid for the Section One Class B crown, the Bears followed through on their mission to go one better than they did in 2017.
Briarcliff defeated Blind Brook 48-39 at the Goldstein Center, their second time raising the gold ball in three years. Jackson Gonseth, a senior, was named MVP. Gonseth was on the squad that took the title in 2016.