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Hooks, Smith grab the boards in Freeport's big conference win
When Davelle Hooks and Te'Korey Smith attack the glass, Freeport’s tough to beat.
It hasn’t happened as often as Red Devils coach Bob DeBonis would like, but on Tuesday, Hooks and Smith were relentless in their pursuit of the basketball.
That’s the main reason Freeport handed Farmingdale its first loss of the season in the Red Devils’ 49-44 home win in Conference I.
“We’re starting to realize that we need to come to play with this effort every night,” DeBonis said. “That falls on our big guys to rebound the ball. We haven’t always done that in the past and that’s why we’ve been up and down this season.”
Hooks and Smith are two of DeBonis’ “big guys” and each had a team-high seven rebounds. Not only that, but Hooks and Smith combined for 11 of Freeport’s 16 third quarter points that helped put the game out of reach for the Dalers (4-1).
The Red Devils improved to 4-2 in the conference and sit tied for second with Uniondale (4-2) and Syosset (4-2), one game behind Farmingdale.
“We have a very tough league and you have to protect your home court,” said DeBonis, who credited the play of Stafford Nicholas (five points) for giving the Red Devils a much needed lift in the scoring department. “I thought defensively, we played terrific.”
Hooks scored a game-high 13 points and Smith had 11 points. Nino Rodriguez chipped in with 12 points. The Dalers were led by Curtis Jenkins’ 12 points.