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Big Red Sports: December 17, 2010

The Glen Cove High School Boys Basketball Team opened up their season on Thursday, Dec. 9, with a non-league victory over Valley Stream North High School. The Knights, who were one win away from a playoff spot last year, won by a score of 50-46.

The team relied on its quick defensive play and strong inside game to win a hard fought game. Glen Cove, who took the lead quickly, thanks to some key rebounds and put backs by junior Mauro Carignano and the team’s opening success with the full court press. Valley Stream had trouble combating Glen Cove’s aggressive press, turning the ball over and leading to Glen Cove taking the lead.

However, Glen Cove’s quick and aggressive play resulted in the Knights getting themselves into foul trouble early on in the second quarter, giving Valley Stream an opportunity to close down the gap, leaving the Knights with only a six point lead at halftime.

The Knights, while they calmed down in the second half through the play of point guard senior Austin Bresky, still were engaged in a title battle with Valley Stream for the remainder of the game.

Valley Stream utilized their outside shooters, and took the lead for the first time with five minutes left in the game. Coach Falen called a time-out to settle his team, and the Knights went on to score nine points in the final five minutes to Valley Stream’s two, capped off by sophomore Frankie Mickens’ s basket with 46 seconds left, to win the game. The team had matched up well in its scrimmages against Roosevelt and Friends Academy, and this game proved as a good opening test for them.

Mickens finished with 14 points, as did Carignano, and senior forward Devin Hayes added 13 points. Senior Alex Ham had 6 points and junior Yadiyah Letellier had 3 points to round out the scoring.