MONTROSE – The John Jay Patriots played about as well as could be expected considering the fact the Patriot’s only return three players are one is out with a knee injury. Still, in the Hendrick Hudson Tournament Jay showed some glimpses of glory.
Mike Scarpelli led all scorers with 27 points, a career high for the senior guard. Scarpelli contributed with four three pointers including a dramatic buzzer beater to send the game into overtime.
Fellow senior, Tommy DiRusso also had four three pointers and a buzzer beater to end the first half, giving Jay a 35-28 lead.
Junior forward Jahni Gainer was the third Patriot to score in double digits with 11 points.
The glaring difference was that Irvington had five players in double digits with Sydney Thybulle leading the way with 18 points, followed by Brandt Steinberg with 15 points, Dylan Seymour with 12 points, Jalen Cartley with 11, and James Rhodes with 10.
The other glaring stat was that Irvington went to the foul line 29 times while Jay only had eight appearances at the charity stripe. Irvington converted 16 of those chances into points.
Jay plays again Friday in the tournament and then comes home for a December 12th game against Fox Lane at 5:45 p.m. According to the Section 1 schedule, Irvington ‘s next seven games are on the road. The team does not play at home until January 17th when Hastings comes calling.