The Great Neck South Rebels clinched at least a share of the Conference A-1 title with a dominating 80-45 win over Jericho.
The Rebels started fast and never let up. Junior center Rory Grady scored the Rebels' first six points, and finished the first quarter having scored eight of his game-high 14 points as the Rebels led 18-12.
The Rebels blew open the game in the second quarter, outscoring Jericho 22-5. Senior guard Josh Kent hit three three-point baskets that keyed a 13-1 run to finish the half and put the game beyond reach. Senior forward Michael Sudberg also contributed to the surge, scoring six of his 12 points during the second quarter.
The Rebels also used tenacious defense to hold Jericho at bay. Jericho's talented guard Josh Rudin scored only seven points, and the Rebels forced 11 Jericho turnovers.
Off the bench, Randy Belfiore scored 12 points, while Joe Gainer scored eight.
Assistant coach Marty Harrison was pleased with the team's effort. "The kids are just so great, they all want to win," he said afterwards. "If we can continue to play like we did today, I think we could go really far in the playoffs."
Junior guard Jeff Weiland was also impressed, but said the Rebels still have a lot of work to do. "We want the outright title," he said. The Rebels, now 10-0 in Conference A-1 and 11-3 overall, will clinch the title if they beat Great Neck North or New Hyde Park this week.