Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00
In their second meeting of the season in front of a standing room only crowd at the Glen Cove High School Gymnasium, Glen Cove defeated North Shore High School 62-50 on Friday, Jan. 14. Glen Cove is now 3-2 in league play and 5-4 overall. North Shore is 0-5 in league and 0-10 overall.
Students, alumni, and parents from both schools, Gold Coast area rivals, filed into the gymnasium to bear witness to this Friday night match-up. Players from the North Shore athletic teams showed up to show their support for their school, donning their school colors and uniforms, as did several teachers as well.
To combat the North Shore pep, Glen Cove filled the gym with their own “Red Army.” The Red Army is a pep squad of sorts that goes to the high school games to lend their support to their school’s teams. While their presence hasn’t been big at many athletic events this season, with several alumni home for winter break they were at the game in full force. By the start of the game, spectators first showing up were having a very difficult time finding a place to sit, as fans from both schools flooded the bleachers.
“I think this game means a lot not only for the students but for the community as well,” a recent Glen Cove High School graduate told the Record Pilot. “Growing up with kids from North Shore and vice-versa for the North Shore kids from Glen Cove, there’s always that playful rivalry between the schools. With the series being on a hiatus for a few years, a lot of students didn’t have the opportunity to experience the rivalry that parents and teachers always spoke about from the ’70s and ’80s. Now with the two teams playing each other for the fifth time in just over a year, the kids have the opportunity to show up and make noise and root for their teams. I think it just helps build that pride and spirit within each respective high school that extends way beyond the 2-hour basketball game.”
Glen Cove seemed to be energized by the crowd and the atmosphere in their home gym. Led by Devin Hayes, who finished the game with 19 points and 8 rebounds, the team was 15-2 at the end of the first quarter. Their high energy play, led by Austin Bresky and Frankie Mickens (who finished with 10 and 9 points each), forced North Shore to turn over the ball and make mistakes through much of the start of the game.
North Shore, while quiet for much of the first half and down 29-13 at the end, woke up to start the second half and did not make things easy on a Glen Cove squad that seemed to get a little too comfortable with their lead. Justin Bell showed why he’s one of his squad’s best players, as he took matters into his own hands, either by taking the outside shot or driving to the basket and drawing fouls. His teammates followed his example in the second half and the result was Hayes getting into foul trouble and having to sit for much of the third quarter and the start of the fourth as well. They forced many turnovers, and Bell, along with teammate Liam Joyce, led their team with 18 and 12 points respectively and pulled within 7 points with under a minute left in the game. Glen Cove however sank their foul shots when it mattered, and were able to pull away with a victory over their rival high school.
The two teams will meet again for the third and final time this season at North Shore High School for another Friday night game on Feb. 11.