Written by Marisa Glaser Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00
The Glen Cove boys basketball team, who missed the playoffs by one win last season with an 8-8 record, are looking to improve upon that record and make the playoffs this year. However they have a difficult task ahead of them, as they moved up a league this year and are now competing against larger schools. “We’re going to need to play solid defense in order to contend,” Coach Peter Falen told the Record Pilot.
The team is a mix of young talent and veteran leadership, with only two seniors returning from last year’s squad and only four seniors on an 11-man roster. Two guys who they’ll be turning to are senior point guard Austin Bresky and senior forward Devin Hayes. Hayes, who hadn’t played since tenth-grade, is one of the key players to watch this season as he’s not only aggressive under the basket but also reads the game incredibly well. AS far as Bresky, he is the team’s leader on the floor, said Coach Falen. “He loves the game,” Falen said. “He needs to keep us calm out there.”
The Knights will be mostly playing a quick, up-tempo style of play, and will be relying on their inside game, specifically that of Hayes and junior forward Mauro Carignano under the basket. Sophomore guard Frankie Mickens is also a player to watch, as his ability to penetrate the opposing team’s defense and drive to the basket is going to be a key part of the Glen Cove offense as well.
Though they’d matched up well in their scrimmages against Locust Valley, Roosevelt, and Friends Academy, the team’s first test came on Dec. 9 and they passed, with a victory in their first non-league game over Valley Stream North High School. They played tough, aggressive defense, utilizing a full court press for most of the game, and came away with a 50-46 victory.
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