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JV wins League Championship in League III

Posted Thursday, February 25, 2010 by Wriiten by Coach Kuhn
2009/2010 Season Summary
This season the Smithtown East boy’s JV basketball team finished with a 16 and 2 overall record and an 11 and 1 league record winning the coveted league championship. Improvement would be the best word to sum up this season. Every player on the team improved from the start of the season to the end of the season. The individual improvement led to an overall team improvement throughout the course of the year. As the team improved so did their confidence and it showed especially in the last two games where they refused to lose and found a way to win.
The team began the year by beating Ward Melville, John Glenn, and Smithtown West. The bull’s then went on to trounce Hampton Bays by 25 points as Paul DiBenedetto scored his first career points at the JV level sinking a jumper just outside the block that sent the bench into a frenzy! In the same game Matthew “Jimmy the ballerina” Capustin also scored 4 points and pulled down close to 10 rebounds in the elegant fashion that only “the Ballerina” could provide. The team then won their first league game beating Centereach and then beat Sachem North with Ryan Burton leading the way with 21 points. The team then had an unfortunate bump in the road losing to Connetquot on a buzzer beater. The team learned from this experience and soldiered on to beat West Islip. The team then beat East Islip, where Dan Vanderwaag scored his first 2 points of the season at a crucial point in the fourth quarter where he made a great post move and kissed the ball high off the glass to give the team the boost it needed to finish the game. After East Islip, the Bull’s rolled over Newfield and then lost by 4 points to North Babylon as coach Kuhn received his first career ejection by the worst officials he has ever encountered in his coaching career. The JV would not lose a game from this point on as they won their next game beating Hills East for their coach who was in exile. After only losing one game through the first half of the league schedule, the team had their sights set for a rematch with North Babylon; but the team realized they had four games to focus on before their epic show down. With the second go around of the league schedule the JV kicked it into high gear beating Centereach 57-33 with Brandon Kenah leading the way with 16 points and Kobe Castagna providing a spark scoring 5 points off the bench, including a three pointer off a beautifully executed play just for Kobe. The Islip’s, east and west were both no match, especially east as the JV won by 40 points watching Daniel McKeever sink 3 points from the foul line. Ronnie Dwyer also scored six points that game on a step back three pointer and another three pointer where he called glass and banked the shot in! Newfield next fell victim to the most dangerous JV squad in the universe as Timmy McVeety scored a career high 7 points that game. Next up would be the game of the year for the Bull’s as they set out to avenge their only league loss against North Babylon. The squad was out to prove that last time was a fluke and they were the best team in the league. The game had a varsity feel to it. Despite no help from the officials and a nine point deficit with 3 minutes to go the team pulled one of the greatest comebacks in JV history behind the scoring of Brain Quadrino (21 points) and Mikey Mo scoring 27! Mikey Mo carried the team in the fourth quarter scoring 11 points and hitting three 3pointers, including the eventual game winning three with 20 seconds left. The team would then pull together on the defensive end preventing North Babylon from scoring to preserve the victory. Winning this game the team knew they had to beat Hills East to be the league champs. The Bull’s again would come from behind in another exciting win, where Andrew Ward scored the quietest 20 points I have ever seen. Behind Ward’s 20 points, the team was down by four with about a minute to go; back to back steals by Brian Quadrino and Timmy McVeety tied the game up at 51. After another steal and an aggressive offensive possession, Brain Quadrino was fouled with 3.3 seconds left. Brain Quadrino on the foul line summed up the word to best describe the season. In the beginning of the year Brain was the team’s worst foul shooter; but when the team needed him most he stepped up to the line and calmly sank two free throws to give his team the win and the league championship.
 Good teams always make their lay-ups and foul shots first, and at the end of the year this team did that, proving that they were indeed the best team. This was an exciting and fun group of player’s to coach. I was truly blessed as a coach this year. A coach is only as good as his player’s, so I thank each and every one of you for my success as a coach this season. But the greatest successes were watching each and every one of you mature as young men and improve as players from November to February. Thank you for a truly wonderful season!
Sincerely,
Coach Kuhn

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