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Marcus St. Furcy, Lawrence score big points

Lawrence's Marcus St. Furcy takes an inbounds pass

Lawrence's Marcus St. Furcy takes an inbounds pass during the third quarter of a Nassau County Conference A-I varsity boys basketball game vs. host Hewlett. (Jan. 7, 2014) Credit: James Escher

Sixteen pairs of matching bright yellow sneakers.

Dunking during warm-ups.

No-look passes during the game.

And many, many points in transition Tuesday night, leading to a big win.

The players on the Lawrence boys basketball team certainly make for a fun-to-watch, athletic and flashy group, but they're also very adept at shooting from the perimeter and they're extremely diligent defensively.

It was all advertised in an 80-54 win at Hewlett in a Nassau Conference A-II game.

Lawrence had four players score in double figures. Marcus St. Furcy had 21 points, nine rebounds, six steals and five assists. Hamed Shamseldin had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Dwayne Daniel added 18 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Jymeek Jenkins chipped in 12 points.

Lawrence opened with an 8-0 run and never looked back. It led 16-5 after the first quarter and 34-11 at halftime. Many baskets were the result of steals and stops on defense.

"We're a shooting team, so when we get up the court more, it's even that much better for our shots," said Daniel, who is headed to Iona next season and is one of Nassau's most talented players. "It's a great feeling to win against a team that's had success in this conference."

Hewlett (3-2), led by Avery Feldman's 23 points, cut the deficit to 16 early in the third quarter. That was as close as Hewlett got down the stretch. Lawrence began to capitalize again on missed shots by Hewlett and utilized its up-tempo style superbly.

Lawrence's largest lead was 31 points.

"Playing hard on defense motivates me a lot because it's key to winning games," said St. Furcy, who tends to play aggressively on the perimeter, anticipating passes for steals.

For Lawrence (5-0), team chemistry is paramount, too.

The experienced players on the team have said that this group is the closest Lawrence team that they've ever played on. It shows in more ways than one on the court, demonstrated by the matching sneakers.

Before this season, as a group, the Lawrence players said they decided they would each wear a pair of matching bright yellow Nike sneakers. No one on the team seems to want credit for the idea, but Shamseldin knows who thought of the color.

"I did. Yellow pops more," he said. "We've been together forever, so the sneakers are kind of a sign."

And it's been kind of an omen for opposing teams.

"Hamed picked the bright yellow color," Daniel said. "I wanted bronze, but nobody else wanted to get them. I like them, though. They're comfortable."

Perhaps even more so Tuesday night, considering the cushion.

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