They shoot quickly. They shoot often. They shoot from long distance. When they shoot accurately, it's a deadly combination.
That was the case last night when Lindenhurst connected on 17 of 37 three-pointers and ran away from visiting North Babylon, 97-57, in a non-league game.
"When the ball moves well and we get open, we shoot well," Lindenhurst coach John Albano said after his Suffolk League II team improved to 11-3 overall. North Babylon of League III fell to 3-11.
That was especially true late in the second quarter. After North Babylon cut a 10-point deficit to 33-30 with 3:26 left before halftime, Lindy caught fire, closing the half on an 11-0 run and extending the burst to 14-0 with a three-pointer to open the second half. Jelaun Johns had two putbacks, Kamil Parzych had a three and a breakaway layup and Stew Warren had a putback and a three to account for the game-changing sequence.
"Every time we push it, defenses drop back and think we'll go to the basket," Warren said. "We'll kick it out. If we're open, we shoot. We all have confidence in our shots."
Warren (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Johns (11 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles. Parzych nearly made it a trio, scoring 20 and adding eight assists. The most downtown damage was done by Rob Balkam, who nailed six treys on his way to 19 points.
It was Balkam who provided the game's best SportsCenter-type highlight. He took a feed from Parzych on the right wing, got off his shot from beyond the arc as a defender came flying into his face, and absorbed a hard foul as the ball swished through the net. After picking himself up from the first row of bleachers, Balkam hit the free throw for Lindenhurst's first four-point play of the season.
"I'm always moving without the ball," said Balkam, who has made seven three-pointers in a game twice this season. "The big men set us up with screens and we get a lot of open looks."
Balkam's four-ball made it 53-34 and the lead rose quickly from there. North Babylon, which got 20 points from Vitchel Toussaint, did cut it back to 67-51 by scoring the last seven points of the third quarter. But quickly, Lindy went on a 15-2 run that made it 86-56.
"I told them 'get a stop' and 'push it,' " Albano said. His team complied, outscoring the visitors 30-6 in the fourth quarter.
"Those points came out of our offense," Warren said. "We run a lot of drills in practice that wind up with outside shots. Everybody gets to shoot it."
As Johns said of Lindenhurst's hurry-up style, "Get the ball and go. That's what we do."
Get the ball and shoot was last night's recipe.