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Dalers Halt Hempstead

It was a tale of two halves for the Farmingdale boys basketball team.     Carrying momentum after topping Syosset 60-42 on Friday, Dec. 14, the Dalers (3-1, 2-0 Nassau Conference AA-I) danced past Hempstead 71-43 in a return to their home court on Tuesday, Dec. 18, but not without some growing pains.

Senior guards Dalique Mingo and P.J. Spadalik led the Farmingdale side in scoring with 21 and 14 points each, but the Tigers (2-2, 0-1 AA-I) got off to the stronger start in the matchup, applying an early pressure that forced 12 turnovers.

Dalers coach Jim Pastier cited a lack of focus that contributed to his team’s early struggles.

“We still haven’t played a complete game,” Pastier said. “We had a bunch of turnovers in the first half that kept Hempstead in the game, and we weren’t able to expand our lead. Second half, we came out a little more focused, didn’t turn the ball over at all, and that’s what created the difference in the game.”

Spadalik, along with junior guard Curtis Jenkins, controlled the pace of the game for Farmingdale in the first half, combining for 14 points with 12 of them coming from three-point land, while Mingo quietly added five boards and four assists before halftime.

Senior forward Tidell Pierre powered Hempstead’s offense, earning 20 points, including 10 from the charity stripe. Pierre’s 12 points through two quarters of play was followed closely on the scoreboard by senior guard Tywan Watson, who put away six points in 16 minutes en route to 10 points overall.

Although outscoring the Tigers 31-24 at the half, Mingo said a shift in mindset propelled the Dalers moving forward.     

“In the first half we had 12 turnovers and that equals 12 times where we’re not able to shoot the ball,” Mingo said. “Our coach said we warmed up lackadaisical, so we were probably walking through the motions at first, but we just tried to limit the amount of turnovers that we had and keep on going forward.”

Pastier noted the resiliency of his squad after missing junior guard Jack Burke for most of the contest due to flu-like symptoms.

“There was no fire to be lit underneath these guys—these guys are very explosive as is—they’ve just got to come out more focused and not give up easy buckets,” Pastier said. We were without Burke, he was sick with the flu so we had to rest him for a half. We didn’t really have a true point guard out there and it took a little while for these guys to gel together, but they came back in the second half and they answered the bell.”

Farmingdale charged out of the gate as Mingo and Spadalik teamed up to record eight unanswered points, just one minute, 13 seconds into the third quarter. Six minutes later, the Dalers found themselves on the right side of a 57-29 tilt after outscoring Hempstead 26-5 in the third frame.

Despite an offensive surge by the Tigers in the final quarter, matching Farmingdale’s output at 14, it was too little too late as Hempstead suffered its first division loss of the year.

Spadalik acknowledged the stronger offensive play, but said his team’s second-half defense was the key to success.

“We picked up a lot more defensively in the second half,” Spadalik said. Shots weren’t falling down in the first half and [in the second] we came out with a lot of energy and knocked down big shots. We’ve just got to go out with the same mindset that we’re going to win every game that we can.”

The Dalers went on a brief hiatus following a Christmas tournament held at Amityville High School, but return to action on Friday, Jan. 4 as they travel to Freeport for a 4:30 p.m. tip-off.

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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