The most dangerous team in the postseason is the one with nothing to lose. That team in Class AA is Ramapo. And on Saturday morning, the Gryphons provided the first real sign of playoff madness in the Section 1 Tournament.
No. 18 seed Ramapo scored the final 14 points in the last five minutes to knock off second-seeded Clarkstown South 49-40 on the road in a Class AA opening round contest.
“We told the kids that the last two times we played South, the games were over by halftime,” Ramapo coach Steve Loscher said. “We said that if we could be in the game late, the advantage goes to us. We played such a tough schedule and had so many close games. The guys just responded.”
This is what make the playoffs so great. No. 18 seed Ramapo upsets No. 2 Clarkstown South. pic.twitter.com/9VmK582UJ6
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Elijah Fenton gave Ramapo its first lead since the first quarter when he knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:30 to play. South was fouled on the other end but missed both free throws. The Rams were 2 of 11 at the line in the game.
Out of a timeout, Brian Aldeus scored on a backdoor cut for a layup to push the lead to four with under a minute left and all but seal the win.
Aldeus scored 15 points and Fenton and Franc Wilson each had 12 as Ramapo — a team that barely qualified for the postseason — advanced to the Class AA quarterfinals.
Check out highlights of the game here: