Watch out. There’s another Voigt in Massapequa’s boys basketball program.
Marty Voigt — a staple of Massapequa basketball in his 24th season as head coach — has a new challenge separating home from work as his son, Kevin, a sophomore, is the Chiefs’ newest big-time contributor.
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In Friday night’s 49-32 victory at MacArthur High School to win the Jeff Shaw Memorial Tournament, Kevin scored nine points off the bench with two blocks after a team-leading 13-point performance in Thursday’s victory.
“I’m embracing it,“ said Marty about coaching him son. “There’s always going to be people who think he’s here because he’s my son but he’s here because he can play.”
And with a young squad only starting two seniors, Kevin’s taken advantage of his early minutes — an opportunity he’s been waiting his whole life for saying, “I’ve always wanted to since I was little and it’s crazy that I’ve already started.”
Massapequa’s defense shined — especially early — in its win. After MacArthur (1-1) gained an early 8-4 lead, the Chiefs kept the Generals off the scoreboard for the next eight minutes in a 10-0 run. Massapequa ended the first half leading 22-12.
“I think our defense is hopefully going to be our strong point,” Marty said. “We are very young. We don’t exactly get the concept of scoring yet so that’s going to keep us in games.”
But Marty has a three-year player in junior Tom Ammendola — who he called a “gym rat” — leading the offense. Ammendola finished with a team-leading 12 points and dictated the game as floor general.
“Holding them to 12 points really gave us confidence which helped us knock down shots,” Ammendola said. “We got the ball moving around and everyone spaced out and we were able to turn that into offense.”
Massapequa (2-0) expanded its lead in the third quarter to 21 points, thanks in part to two buckets by Ammendola, Kevin and Bryce Palladino. Gary Rettig added four points in the fourth quarter.
Jared Wolfe finished with six points and Mike Creaven had nine points — all coming in the second half — for MacArthur.
As for the coach’s son dynamic, neither Marty nor Kevin seems very concerned.
“He gets it,” Marty said. “We work very hard separating coach and dad. When the game’s over I’m dad and at practice I’m coach.”