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Mineola HS Doubles It Up in Basketball Playoffs

The talk of the town is not just about one but both varsity basketball teams at Mineola High School. Both the boys and girls varsity teams won their first playoff game recently.

On Thursday Feb.17, the boys, who were ranked 8th, played a 9th ranked Jericho Jayhawks team. No game goes by without mentioning the name Jimmy Bulva and this game was no different.

Known as “Jimmy Mustang,” Bulva was 8 for 11 from the foul line and had double digit rebounds and two assists. The second half was his shining moment when he crashed the boards and started to drive.

Bulva scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Tom Ward is the team’s energizer. He is always the fuel needed to get the fire started for this Mustang squad.

Ward gets everybody into the spirit of the game and that hypes him up on the court. Ward’s defense was stellar and is seen by his five defensive rebounds and a pair of steals. On offense, Ward had three rebounds and three assists which led to his nine points throughout the game.

Brian Gaffney did exceptionally well on both sides of the court. He had a pair of steals and 2 defensive rebounds. Gaffney was 6 for 9 on the foul line and hit a clutch 3-pointer in the second half.

Mike Waszczuk came off the bench hitting 2 of his 3 foul shots and he had 3 offensive rebounds. Waszczuk finished the game with 11 points. Malcolm Brown had a starting position and didn’t let down. He was 2 for 2 on the foul line, had 2 offensive rebounds and 4 defensive rebounds. Brown’s ball handling and sharp passing helped the Mustangs seal the win. Matt Moro has grown immensely over the course of the season, which has earned him a starting spot in the lineup. Moro doesn’t upset when he crashes the boards and helps split the defense on a press. He had 2 offensive rebounds and 4 defensive rebounds. His ability to box out and get the ball to an outlet player gave the advantage to the Mustangs throughout the 66-58 victory.

The 8th ranked Lady Mustangs defeated the 9th ranked Wantagh Warriors on Friday Feb. 18, 34-33. Coach Denise Zunno had been working the girls hard during practice and focusing on fundamentals and repetition. “Repetition makes the muscle memory stronger” is a saying you can catch Zunno saying on any given day as well as “Love to run.” To make sure that the girls were at the top of their game for defense and hustling, running and defensive slides were also a big part of practices.

With a low foul game, Julie Falotico was 2 for 2 on the foul line, 2 defensive rebounds, a steal and an assist. Krystie Kern had 8 points and an offensive rebound. But two of her steals helped keep Mineola on top when they needed it most.

Heather Gessner hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter to change the pace of the game. Although she didn’t have a big night of scoring, her 4 assists led to other layups that gave the Lady Mustangs a lead over the Warriors. Gessner also came out strong on defense with 4 blocks.

Kerri Medlock was all about the number 2 in this game. She had 2 offensive rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists. To round out the game she had 3 defensive rebounds.

Kalie Medlock during this close game was the rock of this Lady Mustang squad. She was extremely powerful on both sides of the court. She had a steal, was 2 for 2 on the foul line and finished with a total of 8 points. If Kalie wasn’t shooting, she was the constant box out under the boards. She had 3 offensive rebounds and 7 defensive.

This girl’s team is in its second consecutive year of playoffs and has two conference championship titles.