Written by Nick Palma Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00
It was an exciting day for both the boys and girls Mineola varsity basketball teams as both teams came out on top in two fascinating wins on Reggie Carter Night on Friday night, Jan. 15.
Reggie Carter Night consists of two memorial games played in dedication of former New York Knick-player and Mineola High School vice principal at the Mineola High School gymnasium.
The girls’ game tipped off at 6:45 p.m. against Jericho as the team is still fighting to be their conference champions. Senior captain Sami Stavish scored a team-high 12 points including a 3-pointer.
The game was a battle right until the end. Mineola ended up defeating Jericho in a thrilling 48-45 win.
In between the two games, both girls head coach Denise Zuno and boys head coach Jim Hegmann announced the award winners of the Reggie Carter Award. This award is given to a player who shows great leadership on and off the court and embodies the qualities Mr. Carter possessed.
The two winners were Stavish for the girls and three-year varsity starter Jimmy Bulva. Both were interviewed on MSG Varsity.
The boys’ game didn’t tip off until 9 p.m. against Plainedge, but it got moving quickly as Mineola never seemed to get out of their groove throughout the game. Bulva, a junior, racked up a game-high 22 points including 14 free-throws. The 6’ 5” center is currently ranked among the top-10 leading scorers on Long Island.
The team also got some help from its other captain, Tom Ward, as he put up a key 12 points to help Mineola defeat Plainedge 70-51.
Bulva said he was more shocked than excited at first since he didn’t figure to win the Reggie Carter Award as a junior. As the game went on though, he got more comfortable and was able to play impressively, as he has throughout the whole season.
For the boys’ team, the Reggie Carter Award Winner is given his jersey with the number 35 on the jersey, just as Reggie had worn it throughout his basketball career.
Although the boys’ basketball team’s playoff hopes have fallen, they still look to play tough throughout the whole season.