A have a bunch of notes to share from local basketball and nothing but space to share them.
Most have been posted on Twitter (which is why you should join my crew of 2,000 strong and follow me), but here are a few nuggets Ive acquired in recent days:
• New Rochelle junior Joe Clarke (left) will play on Friday against Mamaroneck. This is according to Bill Murphy, whose team played without its leading scorer and rebounder last Friday in a loss at Mount Vernon. After that game, Murphy had been uncertain whether Clarke would play in the playoffs.
• Dobbs Ferry sophomore Eric Paschall returned to practice after missing last weeks season finale with a sore knee. The Eagles nearly lost to rival Irvington, hastening the need for Paschalls return. Coach Scott Patrillo said Paschall participated in a full scrimmage Monday and a full practice Tuesday.
Even if Paschall needs rest, the schedule works in his favor. Since Dobbs earned the top seed, it wont play until next Wednesday Class B quarterfinals. That means Paschall will have 16 days between games. He last played Feb. 6 at Woodlands.
• As youve probably seen me mention, Byram Hills junior Jeff Lynch is expected to play Friday. He has been his best when rested, meaning the playoff schedule could be his best medicine. If Byram were to reach the Class A final, hed have four, six and three days to rest between each round.
• Horace Greeley will play at Arlington at 7 p.m. Friday night. All of the other start times have held steady other than 15 minutes here or there. This post it updated with the correct times. I will let you know if anything changes.
• If you missed it last night, I posted the complete Championship Week schedule for the County Center. The Class D final between Greenburgh Academy and Biondi has been moved to Monday, Feb. 27 at 4:15 p.m. This gives Section 1 several opportunities to reschedule it in case of inclement weather. Smart move. Of course, that pushes the Class C semis back to 6:15 and 8.
• Iona Preps playoff schedule couldnt have worked out better. The Gaels play St. Anthonys Tuesday in a non-playoff game, then dont play until Saturday, Feb. 25. As I mentioned yesterday, that gives big man Tim McCarthy exactly two weeks to heal because he last played on Feb. 10 against White Plains. (That was his doctors suggestion.)
The question with McCarthy is: Will he push it? The powerful right-hander locked up a scholarship to pitch at Temple.
• Stepinac and Iona Prep will finally meetsort of. Theyll scrimmage at Stepinac on Thursday. Im told the scrimmage is closed. (Malik Omess of Stepinac pictured right.)
• Mount St. Michaels Malik Gill, a New Rochelle resident and former New Rochelle High School player, has received Division I interest. Hes had an all-league type senior season for Mount in the vaunted CHSAA AA.
• The CHSAA AA seeds were tweaked after yesterdays game, leading to new matchups. One many may find interesting is Stepinac-Mount III on Sunday a game I will attend. You can find the complete AA schedule here. (I will post start times for Sundays games as soon as I get them.)
• If you missed it, wellyou probably dont watch SportsCenter. Mount Vernon grad Sherrod Wright hit the biggest shot of the season in the CAA last night. His deeeeeep 3 beat the buzzer and sent the George Mason crowd into a frenzy. The former Final Four Cinderella remained tied atop the conference and shocked bitter rival VCU.
Wright told the Washington Post: I made the shot of my dreams. Its a quote that gives you the chills.
If you want to see video of the shot, check out SportsCenters Top Plays or search for it on YouTube.
• Good news for Pelham. KeShaun Stallworth, who committed to play football at Cortland this week, said he was cleared to play. Stallworth was questionable after suffering a concussion. Now, it appears he will play when Pelham hosts the winner of Poughkeepsie and Hen Hud on Friday.