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On This Day in History | 2009

February 18, 2018

On this day nine years ago, the boys’ basketball team advanced to the County Championship for a second straight year in a 57-51 semifinal win over Mercy.

In their two regular season match-ups with the Monarchs, the Brook pulled out narrow victories. In the third match-up, the Bears found themselves down 24-25 at the half and still trailed by one after a taut third quarter that included a Mercy flagrant foul. In the final frame, with a championship berth on the line, the Bears outscored Mercy, 20-13, thanks to three of Tim Pandolfi’s four 3-pointers. His first broke a 41-41 tie. Then, he drained another to extend a Bear lead to 52-48. On the ensuing possession he sank a dagger into Mercy hearts with a sensational double-clutch 3-pointer, directly out of a spin move, that put the Brook up 55-48 and brought the Swanson crowd roaring to its feet.

Pandolfi finished with 19 points while Logan Vimont turned in his best game of the year, scoring 18.

The Stony Brook School Boys’ Basketball team defeated Mercy, 57-51, Tuesday night in a Section XI Class C semifinal game held on the campus of The Stony Brook School. Sophomore Tim Pandolfi hit back-to-back three-pointers, the second coming with 27 seconds remaining in the game, to put No. 2 Stony Brook up 55-48 and seal the victory over No. 3 Mercy.

Pandolfi finished with 19 points and seven assists. Junior Logan Vimont added 18 points and nine rebounds, as well as being a defensive presence in the middle. Also strong defensively for the Bears were senior captains Franz Lawrence and Aaron Frazier, who were very aggressive in Coach Hickey’s man-to-man scheme.

The game was very close until the last minute, as Mercy led by one at the end of the first half and again going into the fourth quarter. With the win, Stony Brook improves to 13-5 on the season, including three wins against Mercy, all hard-fought victories.

~ Village Times Herald


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