Reh brothers lead Rocky Point's turnaround
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"Well, last season we really didn't have Justin," he said.
That would be Justin Reh.
Troy and Justin are twin brothers. They're seniors. They'll play for Albany together next year. Together, they have helped lead Rocky Point (16-1) to the No. 1 seed in Suffolk Class B after the team went 6-10 in 2013.
For the majority of last season, however, the Reh brothers did not share the field. Justin, an attack, suffered a Jones fracture of his pinkie toe and played in only the first three games.
An injured Justin meant a compromised Troy.
Without his brother, Troy, who split time last year, was not given the opportunity to showcase all of his talents. Troy also plays defense, so it was normal that he only had two points last season. With his brother back on the field this season, however, Troy has racked up 28 goals and 12 assists. Troy is still a shutdown defender, too. That's not normal.
"It's been the best experience I've had because every time he crosses that midfield line, I'm always looking for him," Justin said. "He gets open, I feed him and I just know he's going to put the ball in the back of the net."
Eagles coach Mike Bowler said he doesn't know any other defender in Suffolk with as many points as Troy.
"Not even close," Justin said. "The first couple of games he crossed the mid-line, teams didn't know what to do, but now teams are starting to lock him up once he crosses that line."
Especially since it's the playoffs. The No. 1 Eagles will host No. 4 Sayville at 4 p.m. Thursday in a quarterfinal. Troy isn't the only one who has benefitted from his brother's presence. Justin has 60 goals and 40 assists.
"Justin has had such a great season," Troy said. "I put my stick up in the crease and Justin puts it right in my stick and I just turn around and finish so it's kind of hard to defend even if a defender is on me."
Though both are enjoying fantastic individual seasons, the Rehs are most proud of leading the Eagles to a winning season, one they aren't surprised by, either. Goalie Patrick Dallon has had an incredible season in net and faceoff specialist Jack Sullivan is a groundball machine who also has 11 goals.
"It was frustrating to be on the sidelines so I just knew I had to come out with a bang this year," Justin said. "We all thought, since middle school, that this would be our year, just because as seniors now, it's kind of our time."
Said Troy, "Last year, not having Justin killed us. Coming into it this year, I knew this would be our year."