Carle Place High School's boys' varsity basketball team won their second consecutive Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Championship hosted by the Frogs. The team posted big wins over Herricks 59-45 and Mineola 62-50 in the championship game.
The Carle Place High School's Boy's Varsity Basketball Team is shown with Assistant Coach Stu Raphael and Volunteer Coach Jack Kearney.
But more important than winning the tournament, members of the boys' varsity basketball team and their coach were able to collect almost $1,100 in donations for the American Cancer Society. The four participating teams raised over $3,100 for cancer research. The Frogs would like to thank the Carle Place teachers, parents, and students (including the JV team) for their continued generosity.
In the game against Herricks, the Frogs were led by senior point-guard Mike Kelly who scored a game high 24 points. Mike also collected six of the team's 18 steals. Senior Bill Smalley led the team with 10 rebounds and sophomore Evan Shanahan (8), Jim McGintee (8) and Mark Sterlacci (6) combined for 22 rebounds. Senior tri-captain Colin McLaughlin also contributed with ten points and six rebounds.
During the championship game, Mike Kelly scored 16 to his 19 points in the fourth quarter, shooting 10 for 10 from the foul line. Both Jim McGintee (12) and Colin McLaughlin (12) combined for 24 points. The Frogs overcame a four-point deficit outscoring the Mustangs 44 to 28 in the second half. Mike Kely led the team with three assists and three steals. Senior Bill Smalley (10) and Mark Sterlacci (12) combined for 22 of the team's 36 total rebounds.
Mike Kelly earned the tournament's Most Valuable Player Award and joined senior tri-captain Colin McLaughlin and senior Bill Smalley on the All-Tournament Team.
Although the team graduated four starters from last year's team, they have continued to work hard and improve throughout the non-league season.