Written by Nick Palma Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00
The Mineola Boys Basketball team has high expectations for this upcoming season in which the head coach and players think that they have a good amount of talent to bring them towards their first playoff appearance since 2008. Head coach Jim Hegmann has built this team into a more shooting-base team considering the lack of big men down low on the court.
That’s not to say that they don’t have talent down low as they have two star seniors playing at the center and power forward position. These two players would be, four-year varsity player Jimmy Bulva and three-year varsity player Tom Ward.
Bulva, standing at 6’5”, plays center and already has an All-County Award under his belt as he is striving for that very same goal this season. Tom Ward (6’1”) plays power forward where he seems to be another go-to man on this team as he is always looking to put the ball in the basket.
Both of these players are two of the teams three captains who show high levels of confidence and leadership on and off the court as they look to lead this team to a playoff appearance this year. The team’s third captain is senior-guard Louis Amaya, who shows a lot of perseverance when playing on the court.
Although Louis isn’t a full-time starter, he often comes off the bench to help lift the team up during important parts of the game. With the team being more of a shooting team, they carry young-talent up top on the floor. Sophomores Brian Gaffney and Mike Waszczuk both played on the varsity basketball last year as freshmen so they look to bring youth experience at the guard position.
The Mustangs opened up its season on Friday Dec. 10, when Mineola played the Hicksville Comets at Hicksville. The game was a close game through the first half when the score was 25-24, but the Mustangs opened up the second half by scoring 22 points in the third quarter with help from a variety of the players.
Hicksville battled its way back in the fourth quarter by making it a close game once again but the Mustangs stood in there and came out with the victory by winning the game 57-50. Jimmy Bulva led all scorers with 20 points along with racking up 15 rebounds.
Mineola’s other top scorers consisted of two more seniors, Tom Ward and Ryan Jenkins, as they both had 11 points.