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Mingo, Spadalik Lead Dalers Over Syosset

On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the Farmingdale boys’ basketball team (4-1 overall, 1-0 in-conference) hosted the Syosset Braves (4-3 overall, 0-2 in-conference). This was the Dalers’ first game of 2012, after Navreet Dhaliwal hit a late three-pointer to win in Hempstead on Dec. 20.

The Dalers’ leading scorer, point guard Dalique Mingo, scored the game’s first points with a layup. Jack Burke hit a three-pointer from the corner and Kevin Petit-Frere added a layup after the Dalers forced a turnover, and Farmingdale quickly led 7-1. A big block in the paint by DeAndre Fogan led to an easy fast break basket for Mingo. After making two free throws, Dhaliwal hustled back on defense to come up with a huge block from behind to deny Syosset’s fast break opportunity. At the end of the first quarter, the Dalers led 14-6.

The Braves came out shooting in the second period, hitting two threes to cut the lead to four. After a deep in-bound pass over Farmingdale’s full-court press led to an easy basket, the Dalers’ lead was 20-16 three minutes into the quarter. Farmingdale then went on a tear, a 15-0 run that kept Syosset scoreless for the rest of the half.

Mingo and fellow junior P.J. Spadalik both were crucial in this three-minute stretch. Off a steal by Spadalik, Mingo scored a basket in transition for a 24-16 lead. Mingo added a three-pointer, assisted by Spadalik, and then assisted Spadalik’s fast break layup. After a three by Spadalik and another fast break basket by Mingo, the Dalers led 35-16 at halftime. Syosset struggled terribly from the free throw line, making only two of nine in the first half.

Farmingdale’s offense continued to thrive in the third quarter, putting up 23 points. Mingo scored 11 in this quarter, capped by a three-pointer from well beyond the arc as the buzzer sounded. Spadalik and Pierre St. Simon each scored four points each in the quarter. The Braves’ foul shooting improved, converting five of seven. Farmingdale led comfortably, 58-31, going into the fourth.

Syosset opened the quarter with three consecutive layups and a free throw, until Jack Burke made a tough layup after a good bounce pass from Dhaliwal. DeAndre Fogan added a basket with an aggressive drive to the hoop and Spadalik made two three-pointers as Farmingdale easily cruised to a 68-49 victory.

Mingo finished the game with a season high 24 points and Spadalik scored 20 for a new career high. The Braves, doomed by making just 10 of 23 from the free throw line, were led by Chris Friedman’s 10 points.