Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00
The MacArthur boys’ basketball team took sole possession of second place in its eight-team conference as senior guard William Cheshire netted a career-high 22 points in a 52-43 win against East Meadow on Jan. 13.
Senior guard Tyler Eppich’s steal and pass to Cheshire, who converted a layup and foul shot, opened an 11-point lead for the Generals with 78 seconds remaining and sealed the victory.
In Coach Eric Rubin’s 100th game leading the Generals, MacArthur never trailed in improving to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in Conference AA-II. Baldwin occupies first place at 6-0.
Junior guard Brendan Smith contributed a career-high five points, including a clutch three-pointer late in the third quarter that halted a 13-5 East Meadow run.
Three days earlier, the Generals won a road game against Valley Stream Central, 65-59, as senior forward Kevin Roach followed a 30-point performance against Baldwin by pouring in 29 points. The consecutive scoring outbursts by Roach rank second and third in Rubin’s six seasons leading MacArthur.
Roach’s jumper with 3:54 remaining against Valley Stream Central broke a 54-all tie. Cheshire’s field goal then opened a four-point lead. Svenelid ripped down a rebound at the defensive end, leading to a free throw from Eppich that made it 59-54.
Roach’s offensive rebound and putback of Eppich’s missed three-point attempt gave MacArthur a 61-55 lead and prompted host Valley Stream Central to call timeout with 1:39 remaining. Eppich then produced a steal to help secure the win.
The Generals return to action on Friday, Jan. 20 at home against Calhoun.