Peekskill is not believable
The three-time defending state champion Red Devils are going to Glens Falls for a fourth straight time, searching for the history as we discussed below.
And they are doing it in jaw-dropping fashion. They have won their last two games — championship games — by a combined 110 points. Be afraid, you other Final Four teams. Be very afraid. I mean, Daquann Brickhouse is just flying, Ralph Watts, Elliot Watson and Darien Thomas are playing great, and now Peekskill has a deep bench.
Jamesville-DeWitt, which Peekskill beat by three in the Slam Dunk at County Center in December, plays Bishop Gibbons — which bombed an Albany Academy team which Peekskill beat by four in Albany in January — today in the other regional final. The winner of that game gets Peekskill next, and you have to figure this will be the Red Devils biggest challenge this year.
As for Mookie Jones, I asked him tonight: which is more accurate, that you’ve been thinking about this fourth state title all along, or that you’re not thinking of it at all?
â€œIâ€™m not even thinking about that,â€ Jones said. â€œYou canâ€™t think about it because youâ€™ll jinx yourself. Itâ€™s like when I was a young boy and Iâ€™d ask for something for Christmas, and you say, â€˜I know itâ€™s coming, I know itâ€™s comingâ€™ and then it doesnâ€™t come and youâ€™re sad. And when I didnâ€™t think about it, it did come to me. So if I donâ€™t think about it, take care of business and stay humble, itâ€™s going to come to me.â€
Hard to imagine it won’t, not after seeing this stretch of games by the Red Devils.
It could be a fantastic week upstate, with Mount Vernon, North Salem and Tuckahoe all one win today from going to the final four, too. And on the girls side, Haldane and Briarcliff are already going. Plus we have a whole slew of area private and parochial teams still in the hunt for Federation Tournament of Champions berths.