Mt. Sinai, which starts three sophomores and four underclassmen, is short on experience but not on hope for the future.
There's nothing short about Bayport-Blue Point.
The Phantoms, who routed Mt. Sinai, 83-39, in a League V boys basketball opener last night, start seniors Reid Drzal and Miles Prendergast, 6-6 and 6-5 respectively, and 6-4 junior Gary Farley.
Prendergast scored 20 points, Drzal had 10 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks and Farley had eight points. Senior point guard Brandon Mincher added 10 points, eight assists and three steals.
And they're experienced. Drzal has been starting on varsity for four years; Prendergast and Mincher have been there for three. The senior trio has played together since they were third graders on CYO.
"This year means everything," Drzal said. "We know each other's games very well."
That was evident as the Phantoms built a 52-16 halftime lead. Mincher fed down low to Prendergast and Drzal, who took advantage of their height difference. Mt. Sinai has just two seniors and two players taller than 6-foot.
"I just try to push the ball in and create for them," Mincher said. "I've got the two twin towers down there. I have the easiest job on this team."
Drzal and Prendergast also benefited from each other, switching off between the high and low posts and passing to each other to exploit the mismatches.
"It creates a lot of opportunities," Prendergast said. "We share the ball easily."
By the time Mt. Sinai's Michael Guzzardi beat the buzzer with a steal and a layup at the end of the third, BBP led 72-28 and the starters were sitting.
Bayport-Blue Point also showed off its depth, getting points from 11 players and 14 points off the bench from junior Shane Young.
Said BBP coach Skip Hart: "I think it might be the toughest league on Long Island. All those teams might wind up 7-7."
Mt. Sinai has reason to be optimistic. Guzzardi, a freshman, had 16 points and 26 of the 39 points came from freshmen or sophomores. Said coach Chris Herrschaft: "It's a rebuilding process. The best way to do that is start them young."
Added Hart: "I wouldn't want to play them later."