Where’s Tom Brady’s equipment guy when you need him ?!
The first few minutes of this game was a sloppy, slippery ball, turnover fest ….
Elmont’s defensive speed seemed to begin to swing the game to their favor as the first period ensued. Frosh pg Javon Santos had 4 points and 2 assists. And , despite two blown uncontested layups, the Spartans took an 11-6 first quarter lead.
Southampton seemed an unlikely Suffolk Champion. In fact, in that County’s ” Tournament of Champions “, the Mariners were slapped down by Hills East, 87-71 on March 5th. According to the report by LIbasketball.com, Southampton couldn’t handle Hills’ defensive pressure.
I guess Elmont didn’t read that report.
Actually, I’m sure they didn’t read that report because in it, Ted Thomas calls Andre Franklin’s 19 points in a tough loss ” a heroic performance “.
Franklin came off the Southampton bench to hit 4 threes in a 19-11 second period for the Mariners.
They led at halftime 25-22.
I like to figure out what coaching adjustments will be made at halftime, and how the game will unfold.
Southampton’s point guard, Timmy Alejo, a 6’2 senior was shaky on an ankle sprained the week before.
I expected Elmont to pressure Alejo, trap in the half court and extend pressure full.
That did not happen.
Elmont scored only 1 point in the first 6 minutes of the second half .
At the end of the third quarter, the Mariners led 42-27.
The Spartans pressed in desperation in the fourth and scored 26 points in 8 minutes but it wasn’t enough in their 60-53 loss.
Elmont’s KC Ndefo had 26 points, 13 on free throws.
Southampton’s Andre Franklin (pictured below) scored 29 points, including 7 threes!!!
Congratulations to the Southampton Mariners!!
They played with tremendous energy and grit today, remaining focused on their desired outcome!
They are the Long Island “A” Champions ‼️