Three times in the fourth quarter, Mike Smith let his right hand linger high in the air after launching his shot. Three times that shooting form resulted in game-changing three-point baskets.
"It's all about the follow-through," said Smith, a sophomore playing in his first varsity season at Amityville. "If your hand isn't up, it isn't going in."
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Smith made sure Amityville could raise its hands in victory last night, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter to spark an impressive 65-61 comeback win over visiting Farmingdale in the championship game of the annual Fred Williams Classic.
"If we have a hot man, we go to him," said Amityville's Kavione Green, who was named tournament MVP after scoring 22 points, including one of the Warriors' five three-pointers in the final period that helped erase a nine-point deficit. Andy Laurent added 15 points for Amityville (4-0). "When we started hitting those shots,'' Green said, "the crowd was in it, the bench was in it, the coach was in it."
Until then, however, Farmingdale (4-2) was into it more. Dalique Mingo had 25 points for the Dalers, who led 49-41 after three and seemed to be in control. Until Smith led an 18-4 fourth-quarter burst that he punctuated with back-to-back treys for a 61-55 edge.
"I wasn't getting the ball much in the first half," said Smith, who was in foul trouble early. "Then it was all about working hard and moving without the ball. I got open and they got me the ball."
Yet another three, by Sean Walters off the bench, put Amityville up 64-57 with 44 seconds left. But Farmingdale's defense stiffened and Mingo's four points made it 64-61 with 22.1 left. The Dalers forced a turnover and Amityville missed two one-and-ones, but Farmingdale had two empty trips. With 1.9 seconds left, Green sank one of two foul shots to clinch it.
"Once Mike got hot, that opened it up for Kavione," coach Jack Agostino said. "He hit that first three and everyone let out a sigh of relief."