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Scarsdale wins 11th of last 12, a 65-57 win at Clarkstown South

Varsity vs Clarkstown South HS on 1/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Posted Monday, January 28, 2013 by Zac Sullivan
Maybe they should be called the cardiac kids. Maybe the fans should be dubbed the nail-biters.  But one thing is for sure.  The 2012-2013 Raiders are closers.  On Saturday, SHS brought its 11-2 record into Clarkstown South in the 3rd game of the Coaches vs Cancer Showcase, pitting Westchester teams versus Rockland High Schools.  Scarsdale's 65-57 win was the lone bright spot for the Westchester schools, the only team to return from across the Tappan Zee Bridge with a victory.  The Raiders rushed out to an 11-2 lead, with 3 threes, 2 from Jon Cohen, and 1 from Tyler Nathan.  Robert Plummer exploded for 8 of his game total 15 in the opening session. The 9 point lead was exactly what SHS held at the half, 30-21.  The key to the lead though was the defense the Maroon and White played against CS's two best scorers, Joey Zayer and Connor McGuinness.  The two combined for 8 points in the first 16 minutes, all coming from Zayer(Zayer has been averaging 21 points a game in his last 4).  "Both Alex Squadron and Tyler Nathan kept the two in check.  "Squadron and Nathan were the difference in the game.  Their lock down defense was the reason we won," said Hewitt.  But the Raiders defense had a third quarter letdown, as they were outscored 21-13 in the first 8 minutes of the second half.  And on the opening possession of the 4th quarter, South took the lead as Tyler Mager, who ended with a team high 16, made a layup, but missed the "and-1."  It was 44-43 Vikings, and it was deja vu from the New Rochelle game.  The team had been through this before, and knew what it needed to do.  "Continue to feed the big man the ball," said Coach Feld, and the team did just that.  Jack Hewitt had 8 of his game high 19 in the final quarter, and South had no answer for the 6'7" center.  A couple of big layups and rebounds by Plummer(he finished with 13 boards) and a big three by Cohen, who finished with 13, extended the Raiders lead back to 7 and SHS would go on to an 8 point victory.  South was 19 of 25 from the FT line, and the Raiders were only 9 of 17, clearly its worst performance from the stripe this season.  Hewitt was named game MVP with 19 points and 15 rebounds, but it was once again, a team effort that propelled SHS to its 11th win in 12 games.

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