Written by Robert B. Bonaparte Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka’s boys basketball team stepped onto its court Friday night, knowing its playoff hopes would be ruined with one more loss.
So the Indians left nothing to chance.
Junior Carlos Bodden scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Sewanhaka scored the game’s first 18 points en route to a 77-39 victory over Plainedge in a Nassau Conference A-II game on Feb. 7.
“As long as we have good energy, no team can guard us,” said senior Jabryl Chin, who added 13 points. “It’s all about our energy and heart. If we don’t have that than our skills won’t do the trick.”
As of press time. Sewanhaka (9-7 overall, 6-7 league) needed to win its season-finale on Monday, Feb. 10 at Roslyn in order to make the playoffs for the second time in three years.
“We don’t feel pressure at all,” said senior Phil Repalone, who scored nine points. “We’re ready.”
The Indians stormed out to an 18-0 run in the first quarter using a tenacious full-court press that caused four Plainedge turnovers. Bodden scored six points in the run including two put-back buckets. The Red Devils (4-11, 1-11) were held scoreless until Tyler
Audette converted on a layup with 1:23 remaining in the first quarter to make it 18-2.
Sewankaha scored 18 unanswered points again to start the second quarter. The run was highlighted by consecutive 3-pointers by Chin and Danori Williams and capped by a Jemil Are bucket to make it 40-6 with less than two minutes remaining in the second.
“The guys just came out with so much intensity and set the tone right from the bat, “ said Sewanhaka’s third-year coach Jason Allen. “It was the defense that set the tone for us.”
John Danielo led Plainedge with 14 points. Pat Reilly added seven points and Billy Keenan six points. Audette netted five points including a 3-pointer before time expired in the third quarter to cut the lead to 61-27.
For Sewanhaka, Dominick Roberge scored four points with nine rebounds and Malik Elliot six points and eight rebounds.
The Indians were once again led by Bodden, a forward, who scored 23 points in Sewanhaka’s first victory over Plainedge, a 77-62 win on Jan. 11.
“He gets the ball anywhere around the paint,” said Plainedge coach Brian Buckley. Before their final home game, the Indians honored their six seniors, which included: Repalone, Chin, Are, Roberge, Elliot and Jacques Francois.
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A fatal car accident on Tuesday, Aug. 19 that claimed the life of a 55-year-old man on Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park could fast-track a $250,000 Nassau County project announced last month to install traffic calming features along the road. The project would run north from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont.
“The project is already ongoing and will continue to progress,” said Nassau County Department of Public Works rep Michael Martino.
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The Association of Generational Experts for Seniors (AGES) is accepting nominations for “Savvy Senior” citizens, now through Sunday, Aug. 31. The winners will be crowned at AGES’ Fifth Annual Savvy Senior Day on Grandparents Day Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Parker Jewish Institute in New Hyde Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Participating in the coronation of this year’s Savvy Senior King and Queen will be last year’s King, Frank Zizzo of Levittown, and last year’s Queen, Rose Laccone of Whitestone. All nominated seniors will be publicly recognized, with this year’s King and Queen receiving gift certificates toward professional studio portraits, compliments of Bradford Renaissance Portraits. Live music will be provided throughout the event by the five-piece band, Pazazz.
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Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park, recently participated in a talent show at the school. This was a great way to not only show their talent but to go out of their every day comfort zone and perform in front of an audience.
Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is a full-time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
The New Hyde Park Firecats defeated Huntington’s HBC Sudden Impact in a shootout in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final recently. After tying 1-1 in regulation, New Hyde Park advanced from the shootout, 3-1.
New Hyde Park’s Izzy Glennon beat three defenders and chipped the HBC keeper to equalize after HBC’s Ryan Conway scored in the first half.