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Glen Cove Goes Into Must-win Game

Big Red Basketball Trying to Rebound From Slide

The Glen Cove boys’ basketball team will be looking to put a stop to its four-game losing streak on Tuesday with a must-win game against Valley Stream South, which currently sits one spot ahead of them in the conference standings.

Valley Stream is currently 3-7 while Glen Cove is 3-6 in league play. The Big Red defeated Valley Stream the first time the two teams met by a score of 71-67, and is hoping for another repeat performance on Tuesday. However, that was at a time when the team was scoring 50-60 points per game; the past few games they have only managed to put up 40 some odd points per game.

A big part of their lack of scoring is due to the loss of point guard Austin Bresky and forward Devin Hayes, who haven’t dressed in the past three games, and only scored 3 points each in the last game both players played (the Jan. 19 loss to first place Manhasset). Since that game, Glen Cove has lost games to West Hempstead and Great Neck North, and most recently to second place Floral Park.

Bresky, the team’s point guard, plays a huge part in running the team’s offense, and Hayes has been their leading scorer this season and is more often than not the best player on the court as well. Their offensive contributions have been sorely missed, though the other players on Coach Peter Falen’s shortened bench have been working hard in an attempt to pick up some of the offensive slack. Forward Mauro Carignano has been averaging 10 points per game in the absence of Hayes and Bresky, and has been the team’s leading scorer, with Chris Theodoreou and Yadiyah Letelier making contributions as well, but the team sorely misses its two big guns, especially with only three games left in the season.

The team, who missed playoffs last season by one game, looks doomed to another playoff miss if they can’t find a way to get some points in these last three games. With two of the team’s remaining games against teams they’ve already beaten, including another Friday night rivalry match-up against North Shore High School this week, the playoffs aren’t totally out of reach for the boys, though it might require some help from the teams above them to get there. First things is first though, and for them to remain in the playoff hunt they must find a way to beat Valley Stream South on Tuesday.

The two teams face off at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Stream South High School.