Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00
The winter break is over and both the Roslyn High School boys and girls basketball squads have started the new year in grand style, winning both of their games and serving notice that they will be a force to reckon with as the season heads into the home stretch.
On Jan. 2, with New Year’s Day festivities finished, the Roslyn girls’ squad traveled to East Rockaway for an exciting road win, 50-47. Roslyn held a solid 25-15 halftime lead, only to see East Rockaway come back and tie the score in the third quarter. But the Lady Bulldogs responded with a 17-14 fourth quarter advantage, winning the contest in the process.
Samantha Richman scored only four points, but they are huge ones. Samantha connected on two free throws in the game’s final seconds to give Roslyn a three-point lead that it would never relinquish. Stefanie Klapper (18) and Jennifer Kim (10) were two players to score in double digits. Klapper also had 13 rebounds.
The Jan. 5 road win over Locust Valley saw similar heroics. Again, Roslyn built up a 22-12 halftime lead, only to see Locust Valley tie the game by going on a 19-10 run in the third quarter. But the Lady Bulldogs turned on the jets in the final frame, outscoring Locust Valley 19-11 for the convincing 51-42 win.
Nina Hadzibabic was the scoring star with 17 points and three assists. Once again, Stefanie Klapper starred on both ends of the court. Stefanie had 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Lady Bulldogs improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in Conference ABC-II play. This Saturday, Roslyn hosts Roosevelt for a 12:15 p.m. day game. This week, Roslyn had games against North Shore and Seaford. Roosevelt is currently leading Conference ABC-II action, so a good crowd is needed to root on Roslyn as they hope to continue their winning ways.
As the new year got under way, the boys’ squad, in dramatic fashion, certainly continued their winning ways.
On Jan. 5, Roslyn won a thrilling home game against archrival Jericho, 51-49. The Bulldogs trailed 22-20 at halftime only to come out strong in the third quarter to take a 37-32 lead. In the final quarter, Jericho mounted a comeback of their own, but it wasn’t enough to close the earlier deficit.
Jordan Richman had a monster game, scoring 24 points and adding 13 rebounds. But it was his last seconds’ heroics that won the game. With four seconds left and the scored tied, Tom Gloznek missed a jump shot. However, Richman grabbed the rebound and put back the winning shot with just one second left, securing the heart-stopping victory.
After losing their third quarter lead to Jericho, the Roslyn defense clamped down, holding Jericho scoreless in the game’s final half-minute of action. In the meantime, two pressure-packed free throws by Nick Hadzibabic tied the score with just 42 seconds left. The Roslyn defense held the line, setting up Richman’s game-winning bucket. On the offensive side, Hadzibabic scored 12 points and Gloznek added nine assists.
As if the Jericho game didn’t provide enough last seconds heroics, the Jan. 8 road win over Lynbrook provided more of the same—-with the same happy results.
The Bulldogs jumped out to another good lead, outscoring Lynbrook 28-18 in the first half, while going into the fourth quarter with a 43-30 lead. But Lynbrook mounted a furious fourth quarter rally of their own. With the score tied 53-53, it was time for more heroics from Jordan Richman. With 32 seconds left, Richman scored on a lay-up and was fouled while doing so. Richman hit the free throw to secure the three-point play and another Roslyn win.
For the game, Richman scored 23 points, with 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Nick Hadzibabic scored 13 points, while Tom Gloznek added nine points.
On Jan. 12, the Bulldogs traveled to Manhasset for a road game. This Friday, they travel to Malverne for another road game. On Jan. 19, the Bulldogs host Valley Stream South as they attempt to improve on their 6-3 overall record and their undefeated 3-0 record in Conference ABC-II action.