Written by Tim Ahmed Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00
Clouds covered the sky above Carle Place High School this past Friday night, when the boys’ junior varsity team defeated East Rockaway 55-42, with a performance that resembled a torrential downpour of shots from beyond the arc. The highlight of the night was the 11 three-point shots made by seven players in Coach Conor Reardon’s squad. This was one of the Frogs highest scoring games of the winter season.
Carle Place had a slow but auspicious start with a 10-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Nate Armstrong scored 12 points in the first half to keep Carle Place in a comfortable lead above East Rockaway. At halftime, the Frogs were ahead 22-15.
It wasn’t until the second half when Carle Place shifted into a higher gear and expanded their lead against the struggling Rocks of East Rockaway. Mike O’Connell knocked down the first three-pointer of the half to kick-off the festivities from downtown.
Eric Chiaponne then fired up the home crowd after scoring three consecutive shots from three-point territory. Chiaponne’s nine points in the third quarter was the defining moment of the night. From that point on, the Rocks appeared deflated and their chances of making a comeback were far-fetched.
After leading 38-25 through three quarters, Coach Reardon decided to unload the bench in the final quarter, and they continued the mayhem of raining threes. Five of the 11 three-point field goals were scored in the fourth quarter alone. East Rockaway managed to score three of their own shots from three-point land, but it was not enough to sustain the defeat.
Armstrong led the team in scoring with 12 points. Chiappone’s nine points and O’Connell’s eight points were second and third highest in team scoring. Chris Ruscillo also had a notable performance, finishing the night with 7 points.
Other than the 11 three-point field goals made, the most interesting stat was that the Frogs increased their scoring each quarter. They started off slowly with 10 points in the first quarter, but then added 12, 16, and 17 points in succeeding quarters, for a remarkable home court victory.