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King, Williams, Jones spur Wyandanch past shorthanded Stony Brook

Suffolk County Class BCD Finals, Wyandanch HS vs

Suffolk County Class BCD Finals, Wyandanch HS vs Stony Brook HS. Wyandanch HS's Maliek Redwinell drives to the net during his teams victory over Stony Brook. Photo Credit: Photo by Bob Mitchell

There's no debating how much of a mismatch it was between Wyandanch and Stony Brook in the Suffolk BCD final at Farmingdale State on Sunday.

With Stony Brook missing six players, including four starters who were away on vacation, it was easy pickings for Wyandanch in a 58-25 win.

The final score notwithstanding, players and coaches from both teams said they learned things.

"We lack things on defense sometimes, so this was a good game to work on it," Wyandanch forward Alexander Williams said. "We worked hard on it today and got the job done."

Wyandanch will play Harborfields in the small school final at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Farmingdale State. After that, the Warriors (14-7) will face Nassau champion Malverne for the Long Island Class B championship March 9 at Bay Shore.

"Malverne's just like us," Wyandanch forward Saheam King said. "They like to press and get into the paint."

King said finding the open man will be a priority against Malverne. "I need to keep my head up more and pass the ball better," he said. "As a team, we have to be able to open up the paint and get layups.

The Warriors took advantage of 11 first-half turnovers by Stony Brook (14-4) and bolted to a 29-12 halftime lead. The third quarter was more of the same as the Warriors outscored Stony Brook 15-8 for a 44-20 lead.

King led Wyandanch with 14 points and nine rebounds, Williams had 13 points and Qualice Jones added 10. Wes Woodley led Stony Brook with 13 points.

"We needed to work on the small things like ball movement and finishing in the paint," Wyandanch coach Andre Edwards said. "The small things will help us win the big games."

Stony Brook coach Mike Hickey knew his team had an uphill climb.

"I have some young guys who will be back next year, so the experience will help," said Hickey, whose team will play Friends in the Long Island Class C championship game March 9.

Said Hickey, "What they all really need to have in their minds is to be strong with the ball against a good ball-hawking team like Wyandanch."


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