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Pandolfi & Co. Bury Ross

February 5, 2011

On a frigid Friday night in Stony Brook, the boys’ basketball team did all they could to thaw out the spirits of the crowd with a 75-35 drubbing of the Ross School. In the last match-up, which the Blue and White won 72-41, the boys allowed 14 points in the opening quarter. This time around, the Cosmos had 14 at the half as the Bears used an incredible defensive effort and a balanced scoring attack to overwhelm the visitors.

1st Quarter

The Bears wasted no time in wresting away the game’s momentum. Jerome Washington scored on the first two possessions and, after a slew of turnovers by Ross, Farqu Taylor scored the next four points followed by a putback by Washington to build an immediate 10-0 lead. After Ross brought their deficit back to 12-4, Kai Strachan came off the bench to give the Brook an immediate lift. He scored the Bears’ next eight points, connecting on his first four shots to push their edge to 20-7. Tim Pandolfi closed the frame with a 3-pointer that gave him 1,062 career points as he moved past Jonas Fischer ’94 and his 1,060 to become Stony Brook’s second all-time leading scorer. | 23-7

2nd Quarter

Pandolfi began with two straight scores then, after a pair of Cosmo free throws, the Bears unleashed a 12-2 run. Strachan connected on his fifth of six field goal attempts to begin the spurt, Pandolfi followed with a 3-pointer and a layup, and Taylor converted an and-1 opportunity as the lead blossomed to 37-11. The Blue and White defense was tenacious as they pilfered the ball five times and caused a variety of turnovers. | 37-14

3rd Quarter

The third quarter could have easily been labeled “The Tim Pandolfi Show” as our incomparable guard scored the first 12 Stony Brook points in what felt like a span of 90 seconds. He began with a difficult double-clutch layup in traffic, a fast break layup, a near dunk on a fast break, a back door layup, another fast break layup, and two free throws. Pandolfi found a zone where he could score at will and the Cosmos were powerless to stop him. He may have gone for 40 on a night like tonight, but coach Mike Hickey opted to maintain a spirit of sportsmanship and our #13 would have to settle for 26 points in two and a half quarters. | 59-22

4th Quarter

After a job well done, the starters sat for most of the fourth, allowing Forrest Hull, Anuraag Sah, Lukas Alijosius, Alex Zhang, and Robbie Sequeira to play some deserved minutes. The intensity did not drop as the reserves took the floor. Sah and Alijosius played aggressive defense, Hull was a solid presence inside, and Zhang pleased the crowd with a difficult bank shot going to his right while drawing the foul. The spirited play was a nice way to cap off a resounding victory. | 75-35

Impressions

Against a weaker opponent the Bears kept their edge and never allowed the game to become a close affair. Their intensity on both sides of the ball, illustrated by Taylor’s fourth quarter dive into the stands for a loose ball, is what excited me about last night’s performance. It is that desire to compete, that killer instinct, that we will need as important games approach in the next few weeks. Another exciting development were the performances of Washington and Strachan, two players that had a huge impact in the game’s early moments. If they can consistently put together complete games this team could be even more deadly than it has been this season. The Bears’ next match-up comes on Monday February 7 at Shelter Island @ 6:15pm.

Notes

The win was the 232nd of coach Mike Hickey’s career as he improved to 20-0 all-time vs. Ross… Tim Pandolfi is currently 1st on Long Island in scoring with 27.3 points per game… The junior varsity also defeated Ross, overcoming a ten-point deficit with a 26-0 run to win 58-35 and remain tied for first in League VIII… Stony Brook Hall of Famer Harold Spooner ’70 was in attendance and cheered on his former squad.

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