V845 Notebook: Kevin Stein’s insane third quarter, basketball for a cause and more

As I noted in my introductory column, this is a space where I will be posting two times a week to highlight standout athletes, fill in extra pieces of my news stories that didn’t make print, and leave notes or thoughts on any other big local news items of the week that I didn’t have the opportunity to write about more in-depth. I hope you take something of value away from this.

Standout performances

One quarter of a high school basketball game is eight minutes long. I just wanted to preface that so everyone understands how ridiculous it is that Chester Academy’s Kevin Stein scored 31 points(!!!) in the third quarter alone on Saturday in a 79-57 win over S.S. Seward. His 40 total points would be a headline all its own, but the fact that the guy they call “Stizzle” matched his team’s first-half output in one period is astounding. Stein said his unbelievable quarter reminded him of Klay Thompson scoring an NBA-record 37 points in the third quarter of a game three years ago against Sacramento.

“I missed, like, two 3-pointers,” Stein said on what more could have been of his eight minutes to remember. Here’s his full Q&A on the game.

Amanda Zeno scored her 1,000th point for Fallsburg in a 54-45 win over Onteora on Friday.

New Paltz’s Hailey Osborne also eclipsed 1,000 career points Friday in a 24-point output in a 52-45 triumph over Saugerties.

Charity basketball

The fifth annual Slam Dunk Heart Disease Games raised more than $16,000 for the American Heart Association to fight the number one killer in America. The event, which took place Saturday at Mount Saint Mary College, included Chester Academy, S.S. Seward, Monticello, Washingtonville, O’Neill, Cornwall, Minisink, Valley Central, Fallsburg and Goshen.

In between games, I talked to co-chairs of the event, Washingtonville head coach Todd Rose and Monticello head coach Chris Russo (Seward head coach Rob Gravelle is the third event co-chair).

“It’s been a really great event to get all the schools here,” Russo said. “Mount Saint Mary College is great. They’re very supportive.”

Rose thanked a long list of people who helped organize the event, including the Orange County Board of Officials. The officials who worked the game donated the $1,500 they would have made refereeing the game to the American Heart Association. Russo said each year, the event has grown, and both he and Rose hope to draw even more support next year.

“It’s important to give back to the community in that way,” Russo said, “and we’re happy to be able to do it here at the Mount.”

If anyone is curious, Rose’s Washingtonville team beat Russo’s Monticello’s team 59-42 in Game 2 of the event to move to 9-0 on the season. Rose said the teams that participate rotate each season, but he and Russo always make sure to play each other.

Post-game interview

I spoke to Cornwall boys basketball head coach Tom Howe on Saturday following the 51-44 loss to O’Neill at Mount Saint Mary College. Here were some things he had to say:

“O’Neill is very athletic. We did a much better job on Darius Boben than we did last game, but he still hurt us some in penetration. [Tony Njoga] did a real nice job at hitting some outside shots against us. We struggled a little bit offensively.”

“We played a little better in the first and fourth quarter, and didn’t play as well as we needed to certainly in the second and the third.”

“When a team has a really good penetrator, we need to make sure that we don’t allow him to create shots either for himself or for other shots for players. Force them to get past their first and second penetration, and we’re a lot better off.”

Looking back

If you haven’t read my story on Dave Powers’ 500th win, click here. I briefly talked to Powers before the game Wednesday about its significance, and he said, simply, “I’m not thinking about that right now.” After the game, he admitted it meant something.

“It means that I’ve had a lot of really good players and been in some fortunate situations in some places to coach. If you hang around long enough, good things happen, so it means a lot, [especially] with these guys.”

On why he didn’t tell his team at first that he was nearing 500: “I wanted to focus on the kids and I didn’t really want them to know, so they’re not thinking about it.”

This week in sports journalism

Finally, I want to share with you some of the best sports journalism I’ve read throughout the week. As a journalist who is constantly working to improve my reporting and writing, I often read some of the greats in the business. As a consumer of quality sports journalism, I hope you appreciate it as well.

  • Kent Babb for the Washington Post offers an honest look into the life of conflicted Texans defensive back Tyrann Matthieu.
  • Craig Custance for The Athletic writes about a Rangers fan who heckled Sidney Crosby, then got an autographed hockey stick.
  • Mirin Fader for Bleacher Report profiles a high school girls basketball player some are calling the next Maya Moore.
  • Greg Bishop and Ben Baskin for Sports Illustrated on the familiar feeling for Nick Foles and the Eagles.
  • Alyssa Roenigk for ESPN explores the comeback of a supercross star after surviving two crashes.
  • Dan Pompei for Bleacher Report profiles electrifying Cowboys rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.
  • Sam Fortier for The Athletic follows Philip Rivers as he prepares for the Baltimore Ravens.
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