Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 13 January 2012 00:00
As the Christmas break comes to an end, the Roslyn boys basketball squads is eager to get back in action, after coming off a solid start to the first half of the 2011-2012 campaign.
The Bulldogs lost to Hempstead, 62-53 in overtime in the finals of the Baldwin Tournament, but they headed into the second half of the season with a 5-2 record, one that has dropped to three losses following a Jan. 6 defeat at the hands of South Shore. To reach the finals of the tournament, Roslyn topped the host school, Baldwin, in a semifinal thriller, 61-60.
The Baldwin win came on the heels of a tough loss to perennial powerhouse Chaminade, a game that the Bulldogs lost by a 61-57 margin.
Up to the Chaminade contest, the Bulldogs were undefeated, wrapping up wins over North Shore, Oyster Bay, Roosevelt, and Massapequa. The wins over Roosevelt and Massapequa were especially impressive with the Bulldogs winning the Dec. 8 contest at Roosevelt, 75-41, while winning a road game against Massapequa by a lopsided, 61-43 margin.
The Bulldog scoring attack has been remarkably balanced, with Terrance Pierce scoring in double digits in the wins over Baldwin, Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, and North Shore. Mark Gjonlekaj also scored in double digits in the Roosevelt and Oyster Bay triumphs. Also having big games for the Bulldogs are Gabriel Mabatah, Malik Forte, Andrew Wolfe, Andrew Slutsky, and Harris Silverstein.
The girls squad was off to a 2-4 mark for the first half of its season. The year began with a tough loss to Manhasset, but the Lady Bulldogs rebounded with wins. Nina Hadzibabic had monster games in the wins over Plainedge and St. Dominic. Nina had 25 points and 17 rebounds in the 50-39 win over Plainedge and 25 points, 15 rebounds, and five steals in the 44-37 home game win over St. Dominic’s.
In all, both squads hope to add more glory to the Roslyn High School basketball program as they head down the homestretch of the season and into the playoffs.