Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00
The Roslyn High School basketball team is going into the final two games of the season with a winning record as they continue to play intense basketball against Conference A-I rivals.
Going into the Jan. 28 away contest against league-leading South Side, the Bulldogs had just come off a tough 58-57 away loss to Wantagh. On Jan. 28, Roslyn put up a tremendous battle against an undefeated in conference play South Side, only to lose a heartbreaker, 62-59.
That game was followed by another road game, this one against New Hyde Park. The Bulldogs found themselves in another thriller. However, this time they prevailed, winning 48-46.
Finally, on Feb. 3, the Bulldogs entertained Garden City in their first home game since Jan. 17. Roslyn jumped out to a 13-10 first quarter and then blew the game open in the final frame, outscoring Garden City, 14-7 while on their way to a 54-43 win.
Mark Gjonlekaj and Terence Pierce both had 16 points, with Pierce scoring two three-pointers.
In the loss to South Side, the Bulldogs, befitting their nickname, showed enormous tenacity while playing a top team on the road. Falling behind 34-22 at halftime, Roslyn fought back, outscoring South Side 18-13 in the third quarter and 19-15 in the final frame to fall only three points short of victory. Three Bulldogs scored in double digits, with Gjonlekaj leading the way with 16 points, followed by Harris Silverstein with 11 and Malik Forte with 10 points. Silverstein’s total included three three-point buckets.
Playing at home against New Hyde Park, the Bulldogs nearly saw the tables turned against them, as they pulled out to a 39-30 lead after three quarters, only to hold off a furious New Hyde Park rally to win 48-46.
Once again, Gjonlekaj and Silverstein were the scoring stars, with both scoring 16 points. Silverstein knocked down two more three pointers, while Gjonlekaj had 12 rebounds.
As of press time Bulldogs sport a 4-4 record in conference play and a 9-6 record overall. They hope to maintain that mark and remain in the top tier of Conference A-I play as the regular draws to a close this week and preparations for the playoffs begin.