Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
The playoffs have begun and the Massapequa High School boys’ basketball squad is off to a solid start, as they won an away game against Carey High School, 53-44 in Class AA play.
Carey jumped out to a slim 15-13 lead, but the Chiefs answered with a rousing run in the second quarter, outscoring Carey, 16-7. Patrick Meehan led a well-balanced scoring attack with 14 points. He was assisted by Kevin Flecker who had 12 points, and John Cerulli, who chipped in with 11 points.
The boys’ squad finished the regular season with a winning record going 9-6 overall and 7-5 in Conference AA-II play.
The Chiefs closed the year winning two of the last three games, a momentum that has carried into the playoffs. After losing to Oceanside, the Chiefs came back with wins over Great Neck South (46-35) and Hicksville (51-47). In between, the Chiefs lost a tough one to MacArthur, 38-34.
In the win over Great Neck, Michael Donohue scored 15 points, while Matt Young added 11. Patrick Meehan was a monster on the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds.
The Chiefs were paced in the Hicksville win by Matt Young with 13 points and Matt Smocovich, who chipped in with 11.
Meanwhile, the girls’ basketball squad played its first game of the playoff season on Feb. 17, too late for this week’s edition of The Massapequan Observer. This also is the case with the Chiefs second round game, played on Thursday, Feb. 18 against Farmingdale. Full coverage on the progress of both teams will appear in next week’s edition.
Always a powerhouse in Nassau County basketball, the Lady Chiefs had another winning year in 2009-2010.
The Lady Chiefs finished the regular season with an 11-6 record overall, while going 8-4 in Conference AA-I play.
This year, Massapequa had plenty of competition, as both Uniondale and Baldwin finished ahead of them in conference play. Now, it’s on to the playoffs where Massapequa’s scoring machine usually hits high gear.
Massapequa closed the season with wins over MacArthur and Oceanside, sandwiched in the middle with a loss to Uniondale.
Nikki Daly had a big game in the Oceanside win, scoring 20 points. Danielle Doherty added 11. Casey Bartels paced Massapequa in the low-scoring MacArthur. Casey scored 13 points, followed by Nikki Daly with nine tallies.