Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Curtis Jenkins, two-sport star for Farmingdale, scored the go-ahead, fade away jump shot with 3:00 remaining in overtime to put the Dalers up by two over Freeport. Farmingdale ultimately won the see-saw battle by a score of 57-52—and thereby won a spot in the playoffs.
Jenkins led the scoring with 21 points on Senior Night.
“Jenkins is probably the best athlete on Long Island,” said Head Coach Jim Pastier. “He’s one of the best basketball players around here right now. We need him to do what he did tonight, and we expect that out of him.”
Farmingdale came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, seemingly playing at a different speed than Freeport. They played confidently, and benefitted from Matt McKeon’s touch from three-point range, as he knocked down two in the first quarter. The Dalers outscored Freeport 21-6 in the quarter.
Freeport stepped up in the second quarter, and played much more efficiently. They were not turning the ball over, and Marcell Smiley connected from long distance twice to cut the lead down. On the defensive end, Te’Korey Smith was a force in the paint and was a reason the Dalers lead began to evaporate. Entering halftime, the Dalers led 35-21.
The third quarter was the turning point in the game. Freeport’s defense played stout and limited the Dalers to a mere nine points. Pastier admitted his team “fell asleep a little” in the quarter. Freeport also rebounded extremely well, which basically eliminated the
second chance opportunities. The third quarter ended with the Dalers’ lead being trimmed to 44-41.
Smiley hit a jump shot to start the fourth quarter which brought the lead down to one. Pastier called a timeout to regroup the team. It seemed to work, as Ron Winkler scored on consecutive drives to put the Dalers up three. Freeport would not give up and the lead was back within one when Jenkins was fouled in the act of shooting.
He made the first free throw but missed the second with 40 seconds remaining. Freeport took advantage by taking a one point lead and the Dalers had their backs against the wall. On the ensuing possession, McKeon received a pass and launched a three-point attempt that was perfect and the crowd erupted. Freeport called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining.
Inbounding the ball from halftime, a failed alley-oop resulted in a put back shot by Stafford Nicholas that tied the game as the buzzer went off. 52-52, it was headed to overtime.
In overtime, Farmingdale’s biggest playmaker took over. Jenkins hit the go-ahead jump shot to put his team up. It proved to be the game-winning shot, as the Dalers did not allow Freeport to score a basket in OT.
“No pressure,” said Jenkins. “It’s just part of my job as a leader on the team,” said Jenkins.
With the victory, the Dalers move to 10-2 as they enter the playoffs. Freeport dropped to 7-5 with the defeat. Come down and watch the Dalers battle for the Nassau County title.