BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Zack Rollins’ shot was not falling in the second and third quarters Friday, but the Pelham senior remained positive.
Rollins became more assertive in the fourth quarter, scoring six points and leading Pelham to a 53-47 win over Pleasantville in a Bill Green Boys Basketball Tournament first-round game.
Pelham advances to the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday, when it will play the Bronxville-Iona Prep “B” winner.
Pat Condy led Pelham with 14 points, and Rollins scored six of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. Rollins also finished with six rebounds and five blocks. Chris Ayson added 10 points, six assists and three steals.
"In the fourth quarter, when I took my first shot and it went in, I kept shooting,” Rollins said.
He hit a 12-footer in the lane to open the fourth quarter, giving Pelham a 34-26 lead. Pleasantville would move to within five points on two occasions, but Rollins took the ball into the lane, elevated and swished a pair of 10-footers both times.
“That’s my sweet spot, so to speak,” Rollins said of taking the ball into the lane and hitting his three baskets in the fourth.
Even though Rollins did not score in the second and third quarters, he made his 6-foot-3 presence felt on the defensive end. Rollins either altered Pleasantville’s shots in the lane or swatted them away.
“Zach was a big presence for us defensively,” Pelham coach Mark Finegan said. “Pleasantville is an interior team with No. 50 and No. 44 being their big scorers. Zack took them away and forced them outside. It’s an unusual luxury to have a shot blocker in high school.”
Finegan felt that once Rollins asserted himself defensively, it led to his regaining confidence offensively.
“Zach has such a smooth midrange jumper, with a good touch, that we want him to keep shooting," Finegan said.
Jack Eisenberg had a huge fourth quarter for Pleasantville, scoring 12 of his game-high 19 points on four 3-pointers. James Leyden added 17 points, five rebounds and four steals, and Charlie Montgomery handed out seven assists.
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