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The Suffolk County news. (Sayville, N.Y.) 1888-current, February 15, 1996, Image 20

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THURSD,A'Y - F E 8 'A ·u ' ' ' t .A y s ., . Phantom playoff hopes dashed Gwmeq played throUJJh :'Febrtiary 13 :Buys\ iBasketltall :Bayport .. Bhte Point .,7, J.krclcy' Pamt 59 ·-Mount ·smw 55, Bayport-:Bine P.O.in1;'\16 · 'Central Islip '78, CO:nnetq:uot 56 Lindenhurst 61·Connetqu.&t 55 ·Copiague '62. :Sf;yrille-'53. :Sayville '69, Deer.Park2l lirlsf Basketball ·.Bayport .. Blue Polnt:St,:Ro.cq Peint-40 . Mt. :Sinai-:50. !BaJPOrt-Blu.e·.Point 3l Fmncis'-~p-U,,Don~tquot.a& ,.,:,Dolnnetqao1t '67.-• '~l\tral.:rsup:oo ,.,:SawiJle::4:4:. Deer.P.arlt34 :::s.n~~te. ·tSkO~e:sv-. Baypo:rt-Blue Poh1t b·oys' b:as.ketb:aU lO'S'e{s 55--46 to Mo:unt Sinai :by Hank Shaw It wgu:Id ihave been the Cinderella story of the year . Had the Bayport-Blue Point .boys·· basketball team beaten :Mount Sinai 'Tuesday night, 'it would have set 11p a showdown against League VI power- house Westhampton tomorrow. After losing :55-4'6 in .Mount Sinail though, tomorrow's game will .merely be a con- test to finish .'500. In effect, however, the Phantoms had been ·in a playoff mode since beating playoff-bound Shoreham-Wading River on January 30. Sporting a 2-'5 record going into that contest, Bayport-Blue .Point coach Bob Vacca knew he need- ed all five of his remaining games to earn a postseason berth ·- something no Phantom team had done in 19 yems. Shoreham went down. Then Comsewogue. Then; just last week., Rocky Point. Suddenly, Bayport-Blue Point was 5-:5 and right in the hot seat for a playoff spot. The pressure might have rattled them, though, because their match against the Mustangs of Mount Sinai could not have been more important. \It was an identical situation for both teams,\ Vacca said. \We both had to win our last two game~, and we hadn't Please rum fo page 15 by!chn L.ee In many ways, it was a miraculous case of symmetry. The last time a Sayville varsity wrestling team won a league championship was 13 years ago and a senior 119-pounder by the name of Gary Pesko was on the team. Now he's the coach. ~ This year, Pesko's fJ.rSt full season as varsity coach, the Sayville wrestling squad racked up a six-game league undefeated streak all season long, lead- ing up to their final League IV match against equally undefeated North Babylon in Sayville Friday night \I'm happy, but disappointed,\ Coach Pesko said after his Flashes tied the Bulldogs 24-24. Happy at the way his team had performed all season long, disappointed that they hadn't won the championship free and clear. What did he consider the highlights of the match? \Well he said, \the level of Bobby Haas (Number 42) lifts a jumper Into ,..traffic during the opening min- utes of Bayport-Blue Point's 67-55 win over~ocity Point last Thursday~ Suffolk County News/Hank Shaw support was a-eally gratifying. There were more than 350 spectators in the gym and there have never been that many before.\ As far as the bouts were concerned, Pesko was most impressed by Michael Cox's win over Tony Dellauniversite at 98 poun~, because the North Babylon athlete had been winning all season long and he and his team expected an easy win. It should also be noted that Cox wrestled the final period with a taped, strained left thumb. The other win that especially pleased Pesko with was Jason Homestead's over Steve Pamiccioli at 105 pounds. Sayville did well at the lighter weights and was buoyed up by Liam O'Keefe's come-from-behind win with 20 seconds left in the third period of the 138 pound bout. North Babylon, however, was equally fueled and replied with two quick pins. Mter the 167 pound bout, Sayville was trailing by six points, need- ing both heaVfWeight matches to win. With two decisive bouts to go, the noise was deafening as both sides cheered on their respective teams. Bleachers rocked and the boards .rang and groaned under thundering feet as the Flashes began to pull away. Erich Hellmold, at 177 pounds, defeat- ed John Simucik 10-3. Now it was down to heavyweight Jim Knote. If he could defeat the 215-pound Hassan McBroom_, the match would end in a tie. If he lost.. When the final horn sounded the Flashes and their supporters in the stands erupted. Shoulders on the Babylon side drooped, though heads stayed high. They had thought they were going to win and the tie was bit- tersweet Sayville had looked at defeat and had bullied past it. They were jubi- lant at the fmal score of 24-24. Now it's on to the league and county tournaments and, hopefully, the state championships for some of the squad as the season's emphasis shifts from the team to the individual •

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