On a rainy Sunday fit only for indoor sports, the NYO Majors basketball league staged a round to remember forever, at the Boyd gym at Pace Academy, with their quarter-finals. The average margin at the end of regulation for the 4 games was 2 points, as the higher-seeded Irish, Commodores, Tarheels and Blue Devils all scraped by and survived. No big lead was safe, as the day was marked by furious comebacks.
In the first game of the day, the Tarheels prevailed in overtime, by a score of 45-41, as Gabriel Alterman and Ben Grice hit free throws in overtime to overcome the ferocious Tigers, led by James Rhee. The Tarheels had come back from a 4-point half-time deficit, to take the game.
In the second game of the day, the #3 seeded Blue Devils beat the Wildcats, 45-41, behind double figure scoring of Justin Early, James Lasco and Michael Dollar. The Blue Devils overcame an 8 point half-time deficit, as the wildcats had run out to a 34-26 half-time advantage behind Kyle Coleman, Andrew Willis and the 3-point shooting of Wyatt Alford.
In the third game, the #1 seeded Commodores staged a furious comeback to best the short-handed Bulldogs, 59-57. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-point lead in the first half behind the hot shooting of Jack Wasserman and Wesley Bass, but the Commodores, behind Jack Landers, ultimately prevailed.
In the final game, the balanced Irish, behind Alex Berry; Rainer Langford; Ryan Ohde and Jackson Hausner, overcame a 23-point effort by Walker Richens of the Tide, to win, 42-40. The Irish led by 16 at the half, but a trapping defense and furious comeback by the Tide almost turned that half-time deficit around.
The tournament continues at NYO on Wednesday night, as the Commodores and Devils square off, to be followed by the Tarheels and Irish, in the semi-finals round. They cannot be any more exciting than Sunday’s games, but stop by the Chastain game to watch the contests.