Jayson Robinson, “the new bringer of rain’’ — and deliverer of championships.
Robinson drilled three of Amityville’s four three-pointers in a 1:54 span of the fourth quarter as the Warriors broke open a close game and went on to an 84-71 win over previously undefeated Garden City in the Long Island Class A boys basketball championship game Saturday at Farmingdale State College.
It was Amityville’s first Long Island title since 2013, and the Warriors (25-1) qualified for the state’s Final Four next weekend in Binghamton. The Trojans finished 22-1.
Robinson scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, raining long, high-arching three-pointers on Garden City’s comeback attempt.
The Trojans had battled back from double-digit deficits throughout the game and drew within 58-49 on Kevin McNiff’s driving layup. That’s when Robinson let loose some NBA-length threes. The scoring onslaught ignited the capacity crowd and opened a 67-49 lead with 4:48 left.
“Jayson’s range is really incredible and he was feeling it tonight,” Amityville coach Gordon Thomas said. “He’d been a little off in previous playoff games and it was good to see him fill it up.”
Robinson’s explosive fourth quarter mirrored the first half of backcourt mate Josh Serrano, who helped the Warriors take a 41-20 lead with 23 of his 29 points.
“When I’m hot, I’m hot, and when Josh is hot, watch out,” Robinson said. “He set the tone out there. And we’re an unselfish team that understands how to play together.”
Garden City never led, but the Trojans never were out of it. Andrew DeSantis scored 32 points, including 15 from three-point range, and he and James Cashwell battled for every loose ball and contested every shot.
“I’m proud of our effort and how our players left it all on the floor,” Garden City coach James Hegmann said. “Our kids fight in the true Garden City spirit. Amityville had the height, the shooters and they’re very athletic. And we played them so tough.”
DeSantis helped the Trojans draw within 73-63, scoring five straight points. “We were warriors out there,” he said. “We kept coming back and I’m proud of my guys. I’m sorry it’s over.”
Serrano shot 10-for-14, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, in his red-hot first half.
“Shots were falling early for me and it felt good,” he said. “But I thought we played much better team defense in the second half and that was the key to the championship. And of course, Jayson got hot.”
Serrano dribbled out the final seconds uncontested and the celebration was on. Thomas gathered his players after the awards ceremony and commended them for their team defense.
“I wanted them to understand that we beat a team that executed its offense, played with discipline and knew how to use the 35-second clock,” Thomas said. “They were an excellent team and 22-0 for a reason. We played well to beat them. And I thought Josh and Jayson were a great 1-2 punch.”