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Bittersweet day for Floyd despite comeback victory

William Floyd boys' basketball varsity head coach Bob

William Floyd boys' basketball varsity head coach Bob Hodgson. (Jan. 17, 2012) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Saturday was a bittersweet day at Floyd as Bob and Rob Hodgson were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. Rob took over the boys basketball program from Bob, his dad, who passed away in March after winning 265 games.

Before a packed house that included members of the 1994 Suffolk Class A championship team (of which Rob was a member), the host Colonials beat Commack, 56-53.

"My dad's legacy is about basketball and wins and good teams, but it is also every bit as important that he molded individuals," said Rob, who starred for Floyd and Rutgers. "I could never pretend to be him, but I try to build a family like he did and I coach in his likeness."

Devin Burney and Devonte Dixon scored all but two of Floyd's points in the second half, as Burney scored 16 of his 24 and Dixon added 13 of his 15.

Commack scored the last 10 points of the game. Dillon Hertell drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 56-48 and Nick Arnold sank another three-pointer to make it 56-53.

"It was a very satisfying win, especially on a day like today," Hodgson said. "We beat a really good opponent. We're 6-0, which is a pleasant surprise, and I'm just proud of how our players have grown from the summer until now. That was something my dad always enjoyed."

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