Sunday Special: Irvington vs. Ossining
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Watch a replay of the Irvington-Ossining game on MSG Varsity iO Ch. 14 on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m.
At Irvington High School
Rye vs. Kennedy, noon
Edgemont vs. Valhalla, 1:45 p.m.
Carmel vs. Ursuline, 3:30 p.m.
Irvington vs. Ossining, 5:15 p.m.
Hudson Valley Game of the Year
Gold Balls won’t be handed out for another month. But the true Section 1 champion could be decided today.
Ossining (10-0), the reigning Class AA champions in Section 1, and two-time Class B state champ Irvington, square in the final game of the Autism Classic, a four-game showcase at Irvington High School. Due to delays in the schedule, tip-off will be approximately 6 p.m.
Both teams are undefeated (through Monday’s games) and come highly-ranked. Ossining is the No. 1 team in the MSG Varsity Hudson Valley regional poll, No. 11 in the MSG Varsity Tri-State Top 20 and sixth in the New York State poll in Class AA.
Irvington (10-0) is No. 2 in MSG Varsity’s regional poll, 18 in the Tri-State rankings and No. 1 in the state in Class B.
The game is a matchup of the region’s top player, junior Saniya Chong, against the area’s most dynamic trio in Irvington veteran Marley Giddins, Lexi Martins and Brittni Lai — all three are 1,000-point scorers.
Chong’s record-breaking career has continued this season. She’s averaging an area-best 33.1 points per game, highlighted by a 55-point effort in a win over Molloy. Chong is also averaging 9.2 assists, 5.2 steals, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
As a team, Ossining is averaging 86.3 points per game and hasn’t scored under 76 in a contest. The Pride resume also includes a tournament title at the KSA Girls Basketball Tournament at Walt Disney World last month.
Irvington has been just as dominant, although far more balanced. The Bulldogs already have wins over three Class AA powers — blowouts against Ursuline, Mount Vernon and Jamestown — and won a Slam Dunk title at the County Center two weeks ago.
None of the Bulldogs’ games have been decided by less than 20 points and they’ve won their first 10 games by a 31.2 point-per-game margin.
Martins, Giddins and Lai are all averaging in double-figures this season.
The last time Ossining and Irvington met was back in 2009, a game Irvington won on a last-minute 3-pointer.
A game-by-game breakdown of Ossining star Saniya Chong
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