It wasn’t pretty. There wasn’t much offense. But it was exciting at the end.

Stony Brook made a key steal and nailed some late free throws and held off gritty Friends Academy, 35-29, Tuesday night in the Long Island Class C championship played at Bay Shore.

Stony Brook advances to the Southeast Regional Friday night at Pace University and is one victory away from a trip to Glens Falls.

Stony Brook improved to 14-4. Friends finished at 12-7.

Tim Pandolfi, after a scoreless third quarter, scored a crucial layup to make it 31-26 with one minute left. Pandolfi and Logan Vimont also sank two free throws apiece in the final minute.

Friends had cut the deficit to three points after a three-pointer by the coach’s son, T.J. Hefele, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the final quarter. Pandolfi led all scorers with 16 points. Vimont had 12 and was a force on the boards. Josh Feshbach added nine points for the Quakers.

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Third quarter

I didn’t think the offenses could struggle any more, but incredibly, the third quarter was the lowest yet.

A three-pointer by Josh Feshbach brought Friends to within 23-17 with 5:30 left. But Javon George, who earlier in the quarter missed to layups, converted Stony Brook’s only field and the Bears held a 25-17 lead after three. For the quarter, it was 5-3 in favor of Friends.

Second quarter

Tim Pandolfi led Stony Brook in the second quarter, as the Suffolk Class C champs built their lead to 14 points. Pandolfi, who scored seven points in the quarter and 12 in the first half, made it 20-6 with a breakaway layup after a blocked shot by Mike Webster. Pandolfi had the only two treys of the game in the first half.

After that, Friends tightened its defense. Josh Feshbach scored four points as the Quakers cut the deficit to 10, trailing at halftime, 22-12.

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First quarter

In the Long Island Class C championship game Tuesday night at Bay Shore, Nassau champ Friends Academy got off to a very tough start. Unable to penetrate the Stony Brook zone, the Quakers trailed, 11-4, after the first quarter.

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Stony Brook started slowly, as well, scoring its first basket with 4:23 left on a turnaround in the lane by Javon George. Josh Feshbach anwered for Friends on a pull-up jumper. But Friends didn’t score again until the final minute of the quarter on Trevor Williams’ basket.

In between, the Bears scored nine straight points, with Tim Pandolfi scoring five, including a three-pointer, and Logan Vimont scoring four.

 

 

Fourth quarter