Growing up small wound up producing the elements of Malcolm Wynter’s games that turned him into a big-time player.
The combination of breathtaking blowby speed and high, arcing set shots from downtown are the signature moves of Harborfields’ 5-10 point guard. Both were on display last night as Wynter scored 19 points with seven assists in a 63-48 victory over Southampton in the Suffolk Small School championship at Suffolk CCC-Brentwood.
“When I was younger, I was the smallest guy so I had to work on getting off my shot,” Wynter said of his lofting, lefthanded three-pointers, of which he sank four in helping the Tornadoes improve to 19-3.
As for his lightning bolts to the basket, that, too, was a product of being the little kid on the block. “That quick first step was something I learned early, because I was small and it was the only way I could get to the basket,” Wynter said. “There are certain times in a game when I like to be aggressive and go to the basket.”
Many of Wynter’s moves were learned playing with fellow Harborfields seniors Alex Bloom (15 points) and Rob Pecorelli (10 points). In advancing to Friday night’s Suffolk Overall Championship game against Half Hollow Hills West, at 8 p.m. at Stony Brook, the Suffolk Class A champions hit a trio of treys in the first 3 1⁄2 minutes and built a 17-3 first-quarter lead that was never threatened. The Tornadoes hit 11 threes in the game.
Suffolk Class B champion Southampton (15-7) was led by Israel Johnson with 17 points and Chad Pike with 12, on four three-pointers.
“Move the ball, share the ball,” is how Wynter described the Tornadoes’ first-quarter flurry. “A lot of us have played together for a long time. We move the ball and share the ball. It doesn’t matter who scores the most.”
As long as Harborfields has the biggest number at the end.