Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
Sometimes having a passionate fan base can affect the home team. The Farmingdale Dalers admitted the volume and intensity of the crowd at the game against Calhoun “forced them to rush their shots” in the first quarter, according to Dan McKeon.
Fortunately for the home crowd, the Dalers were able to relax and overcome an 11-point deficit against their opponent to advance to the Nassau County quarterfinals with a 47-38 victory.
While the Dalers would strike first to put up an early 2-0 lead, the squad’s scoring chances were quickly stifled by the Colts’ defense—scoring only one more basket in the first quarter of the game.
“Our shots weren’t falling at first,” said McKeon.
At the end of the first quarter, it appeared Calhoun had put a scare into the Dalers with a 15-4 lead.
“We spoke before the game about playing the game, not playing to the crowd,” said Head Coach Jim Pastier. “A home crowd like this, place is packed, there’s electricity in the air, the players were too amped up,” he added.
From that point on, the script flipped completely.
The Dalers outscored the Colts 18-8 in the second quarter, which was really crucial for the team. Farmingdale began playing with more continuity on offense and were making the baskets that they were supposed to. Malik Seelal, Ron Winkler and Dallas Creamer all contributed on both ends and it took the pressure off Jenkins, who did not need to force difficult shots. The Dalers went into halftime down only one point, 23-22.
The Colts played a little tight in the third quarter, only managing to score six points. This was not just attributed to poor offensive execution, but also tremendous defense on the part of the Dalers.
“We know we can play defense,” said Pastier. “We take pride in our defense. That’s the backbone to the team,” he added.
The interior defense of Wrinkler and Creamer was a key to limiting the Colts. But, it did not hurt that they have athletes like Jenkins and Burke who are strong defending the perimeter. Farmingdale’s Curtis Jenkins also led the team with 17 points, putting up eight rebounds in the game.
The Dalers briefly lost their focus in the final quarter, as Calhoun’s Eric Ohlendorf gave the Colts the lead, with 5:26 remaining in the game, on a difficult layup.
Perhaps most crucial to the Dalers victory, was the clutch shooting of McKeon, who spurred a comeback by putting up a three-point field goal with three minutes remaining to put the Dalers ahead 37-35.
After a couple of possessions had gone by the wayside, McKeon grabbed a pass and chucked up the long-range attempt. It was perfect and the crowd was launched into a frenzy. The Colts were never able to recover. Just a couple of free throw attempts separated the Dalers from the victory and Jenkins nailed them to put the game out of reach.
“We have the utmost confidence in ourselves,” said McKeon. “We know we can play with anybody.”
The Dalers will advance to the semifinals next Wednesday at Old Westbury College, against either Baldwin or Freeport.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:43
Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:04
The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8.
Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race
On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.