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Dalers Halt Hempstead

It was a tale of two halves for the Farmingdale boys basketball team.     Carrying momentum after topping Syosset 60-42 on Friday, Dec. 14, the Dalers (3-1, 2-0 Nassau Conference AA-I) danced past Hempstead 71-43 in a return to their home court on Tuesday, Dec. 18, but not without some growing pains.

Senior guards Dalique Mingo and P.J. Spadalik led the Farmingdale side in scoring with 21 and 14 points each, but the Tigers (2-2, 0-1 AA-I) got off to the stronger start in the matchup, applying an early pressure that forced 12 turnovers.

Dalers coach Jim Pastier cited a lack of focus that contributed to his team’s early struggles.

“We still haven’t played a complete game,” Pastier said. “We had a bunch of turnovers in the first half that kept Hempstead in the game, and we weren’t able to expand our lead. Second half, we came out a little more focused, didn’t turn the ball over at all, and that’s what created the difference in the game.”

Spadalik, along with junior guard Curtis Jenkins, controlled the pace of the game for Farmingdale in the first half, combining for 14 points with 12 of them coming from three-point land, while Mingo quietly added five boards and four assists before halftime.

Senior forward Tidell Pierre powered Hempstead’s offense, earning 20 points, including 10 from the charity stripe. Pierre’s 12 points through two quarters of play was followed closely on the scoreboard by senior guard Tywan Watson, who put away six points in 16 minutes en route to 10 points overall.

Although outscoring the Tigers 31-24 at the half, Mingo said a shift in mindset propelled the Dalers moving forward.     

“In the first half we had 12 turnovers and that equals 12 times where we’re not able to shoot the ball,” Mingo said. “Our coach said we warmed up lackadaisical, so we were probably walking through the motions at first, but we just tried to limit the amount of turnovers that we had and keep on going forward.”

Pastier noted the resiliency of his squad after missing junior guard Jack Burke for most of the contest due to flu-like symptoms.

“There was no fire to be lit underneath these guys—these guys are very explosive as is—they’ve just got to come out more focused and not give up easy buckets,” Pastier said. We were without Burke, he was sick with the flu so we had to rest him for a half. We didn’t really have a true point guard out there and it took a little while for these guys to gel together, but they came back in the second half and they answered the bell.”

Farmingdale charged out of the gate as Mingo and Spadalik teamed up to record eight unanswered points, just one minute, 13 seconds into the third quarter. Six minutes later, the Dalers found themselves on the right side of a 57-29 tilt after outscoring Hempstead 26-5 in the third frame.

Despite an offensive surge by the Tigers in the final quarter, matching Farmingdale’s output at 14, it was too little too late as Hempstead suffered its first division loss of the year.

Spadalik acknowledged the stronger offensive play, but said his team’s second-half defense was the key to success.

“We picked up a lot more defensively in the second half,” Spadalik said. Shots weren’t falling down in the first half and [in the second] we came out with a lot of energy and knocked down big shots. We’ve just got to go out with the same mindset that we’re going to win every game that we can.”

The Dalers went on a brief hiatus following a Christmas tournament held at Amityville High School, but return to action on Friday, Jan. 4 as they travel to Freeport for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off.

News

These days Long Island residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, Republican Sen. Kemp Hannon and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano recently teamed up for a property tax exemption workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library.

 

Communications Director Randolph Yunker with the Nassau County Department of Assessment explained that the workshops, which are held throughout the year in various communities, are a collaborative effort to bring the Nassau County Department of Assessments operations from Mineola to different communities, such as Farmingdale. He added that applications were on-hand in case any attendees were first-timers or pursuing a renewal of an existing exemption. 

If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.

 

“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”

 

Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 6

Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)

 

Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)

Runners and walkers from Farmingdale and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.

 

The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.  


Calendar

Wounded Warrior Dinner - July 16

Youth Council Concert - July 17

Roller Rebels Tryouts - July 19


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