All other teams in Nassau AI are looking for wrestlers from New Hyde Park. They have a 20/20 focus on claiming the conference title.
They took another step on Wednesday night at home, defeating Great Nick North, 56-42, behind a balanced attack led by Arch Singh’s 11 points and a controlling defensive effort that left Detective Luke Cronin pointless.
The 1st place wrestlers improved to 5-1 in AI and 6-5 overall. They are 4-1 in their last five games.
“They have just come from day one and are working hard,” said coach Ben Krause. “They’ve learned how to train. If you go hard, good things will happen. They’re really convinced of that, and they live it every day.”
Cronin saw how difficult it was for the gladiators to defend.
New Hyde Park doubled the junior middle 6-6 when the ball came on the low post.
“Our two legs in the middle have to make sure we control the paint,” Krause said of Amal Kiani and Siren Brown’s mantra.
At the other end, Cronin blocked six shots. It averages 9.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks.
“We have to find a way to get him to get some easy finishing touches on the inside,” GNN coach Kevin Graham said.
Graham listed Cronin’s strengths: “I just think of his height; his basketball IQ; he bounces and takes shots really well; and he has a really good mid-range game.”
Cronin said he had a bid from Manhattan. The Northwest, Miami, and Tulane regions have also expressed interest. He wants to commit to “the end of my first year in my last year”.
He admired the Northwest. Academically and athletically, I really like their school,” Cronin said. “We’ll see from there…I want to go to a school with good academics and I also want to play really good basketball.”
The Blazers (4-9, 3-4), trailing Jared Ohebshalom’s 10-point lead, jumped to a 4-0 lead.
The match then turned 12-1 after the wrestlers closed out the opening quarter.
Isaiah Alex hit two consecutive jumps, making it 24-9 with 1:34 left until the break.
In the third, Brandon Thomas buried thirty. When Francesco Mangione made another, the margin moved to 20 at 39-19. The wrestlers raised their lead in fourth place.