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McIntosh's 31 leads Floral Park victory

Floral Park's Shamoy McIntosh shoots from outside as

Floral Park's Shamoy McIntosh shoots from outside as Floral Park beats West hempstead 69-56. (Jan. 18, 2011) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Shamoy McIntosh isn't a PC, he's a PG - for point guard - though he doesn't act like it.

The senior scored a season-high 31 points for Floral Park in a 69-56 Conference A-III win at West Hempstead Tuesday in a Nassau Conference A-III boys basketball game.

McIntosh said after the game he models his play after another shoot-first point guard, former Knick Jamal Crawford. It shows.

McIntosh was 12-for-22 from the field, but hit just 2 of 12 three-point attempts. Justin Wilson, his shooter in crime, finished with nine points as he shot just 4-for-18, including misfires on all nine of his threes.

"It's just trying to get into a rhythm," McIntosh said. "We were a little off with our shot tonight, so we had to get as many layups as we could."

Good thinking. In the first quarter, McIntosh was as red hot as his sneaker-and-sock combination. He had a personal 7-0 run on a three-point play, a steal and a dunk, and a steal and a layup that gave Floral Park (5-1) a 17-6 lead.

McIntosh, who also had eight rebounds and five steals, closed the period with a three-pointer to give him 11 points for the quarter and his team a 22-10 lead.

Then came the erratic shooting that allowed West Hempstead (3-3) back into the game. McIntosh and Wilson attempted threes from near-NBA range, and, on some possessions, McIntosh would fire away before any of his teammates even touched the ball.

"It's not my preferred style, but it's been working for us," Floral Park coach Nick Simone said. "Teams may look at us and say it's undisciplined, but we can score in bunches. We're a hot-and-cold team."

Kijana Rogers scored four of his 12 points in the last 2:25 of the second quarter to pull the Rams within three at the break.

McIntosh opened the second half with a pair of free throws. But Floral Park's second big run of the afternoon - the one that put the game out of reach for good - came with him on the bench after he picked up his third foul 21 seconds into the third quarter.

Lloyd Wheeler's three-point play and putback capped a 13-2 run to give Floral Park a 47-33 lead. Said Simone: "Shamoy was the biggest cheerleader."

Makes sense. After all, you can't shoot from the bench.

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