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Trojans Unable To Slay Dragons

Garden City suffers tough loss

The Trojans of Garden City are still holding onto control of their own playoff destiny, even after a tough loss to Westbury 62-45.

“We got some good shots, we just didn’t finish,” said Garden City Head Coach Larry Steiner. “Westbury did a job on defense,” he added. Westbury chose to play a 1-3-1 half court trap to limit the effectiveness of Garden City’s strength, which is its outside shooting. The Trojans struggled to get through the trap.  

In defeating New Hyde Park in the previous game, the Trojans had hit a program-record 12 three-pointers, four of those by Joe Leighton. It was a different story in this game, as the team forced some bad passes and was unable to complete some baskets from close range. “We missed a lot of layups and easy shots in the beginning,” Steiner acknowledged.

Westbury head coach Dave Graff had nothing but praise for his team’s opponents, noting that he and his team and pointedly chosen a strategy to defeat this strong team.

“They are an excellent outside shooting team, they have demonstrated it all year long,” Graff said. “We wanted to make sure we picked them up as soon as they crossed over half court and trap the corners.”  Graff felt that the team did a good job in executing the 1-3-1 trap.

The key to the game was the third quarter. The Trojans were outscored 16-6, which essentially put a stamp on the game. At halftime, the team was down 34-24 a sizable but certainly surpassable margin. Westbury’s Shakel Cafield led the game in scoring with 21 points, and also played strong defense. In the fourth quarter, Westbury seemed to take its foot off the gas pedal. They did allow a 15-point quarter and were outscored by three points. But by that time, the game was out of reach and Westbury was simply looking to run out the clock.

The Trojans were led in scoring by David Butler and Matt Kelly, both of whom scored seven points. The team remains in playoff contention with three games left in the season.

News

Multiple options help village avoid problems

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, it’s not necessarily the case for Garden City residents, who have five departure points to choose from. The stations—Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, Stewart Manor, Country Life Press and the south side of Merillon Avenue—provide a grand total of 866 spots. (See page 13 sidebar for lot-by-lot breakdown). It’s a luxury many municipalities don’t have, particularly during the holidays. Annual permits run $150 for residents and $300 for non-residents and while people who call Garden City can use any of these five stations, non-residents are restricted to using the 70 spots allocated for their use over at the Stewart Manor station.

LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

Country Life Press

106 spaces

88 permit-only

3 handicapped

15 2-hour only


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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