Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
In their two previous encounters, the Roslyn Bulldogs couldn’t solve their archrivals, Jericho High School and last Saturday’s Nassau County Conference A-I championship game was no different as the Bulldogs fell, 62-45, ending a terrific season in which Roslyn compiled a superlative 15-5 record overall and an 8-3 mark in conference play.
In the title game, played at Hofstra University, the Bulldogs grabbed an early lead, but were unable to overcome Jericho’s superior height inside. Jericho often had more than one shot on the offensive end, while generally holding the Bulldogs’ high-powered offense to only one shot on the defensive side. In addition, the Roslyn offense ran cold as the Bulldogs were unable to get star center Mark Gjonlekaj involved in the attack. Jericho held a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs stayed in the game as Jericho had its own cold streak in the second quarter. Back-to-back baskets by Gjonlekaj pulled Roslyn to within six points and a three-point basket by Harris Silverstein got the Jericho advantage down to 24-19, while also getting the large Roslyn cheering section back in the game. However, that same play also saw an offensive foul by a Roslyn player. The round of free throws extended the Jericho lead, which stood at 29-19 at halftime.
In the third quarter, senior Terrence Pierce, playing in what would be his final game, took charge of the Roslyn offense, scoring the bulk of his 15 points. With a lead and an advantage in height, Jericho had the luxury of playing an aggressive game on defense, sending Roslyn players to the free throw line all throughout the second half. Too often, the Bulldogs failed on the front end of a two-shot foul. “We’d only be six points down if we had hit all our free throws,” one fan in the cheering section said as Jericho maintained a double-digit lead in the final frame.
In addition to Pierce’s 15 points, Mark Gjonlekaj, also playing in the final game of a prolific career, scored 10 points, while Silverstein scored eight points. For Jericho, Garrett Johnson led four players in double digits with 16 points.
The Bulldogs cruised into the finals on the heels of an easy 59-42 win over South Side. Roslyn pulled out to a 16-9 first quarter lead and then repeated that exact same score in the second quarter for a comfortable 32-18 halftime lead. South Side made a minor comeback in the third quarter, but Roslyn was never threatened. The South Side defense had no more luck than other squads in containing Mark Gjonlekaj. The senior center scored 19 points, while pulling down eight rebounds with three blocked shots. Three of Mark’s buckets came from regulation field goals, while the big man had two three-point scores. South Side’s collapsing defense resulted in numerous fouls and Gjonlekaj added seven points from the free throw line. Andrew Slutsky and Terrence Pierce also had two three-pointers apiece as both scored in double digits. Ben Rashbaum, who was one of the big stars of the quarterfinal win over Mineola added eight points on four field goals.
The great mystery is how such a great team received such a low ranking. The Bulldogs probably didn’t need the motivation, but it had to stick in their craw that they were ranked below teams they clearly were superior to.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The mourning period after the death of a loved one can be a difficult period for any family. Roslyn resident Elissa Zodipoff, along with her business partner, Old Westbury resident Gayle Gelbard, are offering a new service, Shiva On Call, to help families of the Jewish faith deal with such sad situations.
The business, Zodipoff said, has been in existence for eight months now. It is being run out of her home in Roslyn, but Zodipoff hopes to expand it to a business center somewhere in the Garden City or Mineola area.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Don’t forget: The vote on the budget for the 2013-2014 school year will take place this Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School.
Residents of the Roslyn School District will be voting on the 2013-2014 budget, three seats on the Roslyn Board of Education, the Bryant Library budget and two propositions, one concerning capital projects and the other on transportation vehicles.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen members of the Green Vale Pacers, a girls’ running club, ran the 5K Race of the Long Island Marathon held at Eisenhower Park on May 4. All fifteen finished the race and a few finished at the top of their age divisions and within the top ten for all 354 female racers.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen Wheatley High School students have been recognized by the Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship and leadership qualities for the winter 2012-2013 season. All winter teams were recognized as NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Award winners. The Boys Indoor Track team was crowned NYS State Scholar Athlete Team Champions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Nassau County Class B Championship.