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McLeod, Fessenden among hobbled Tornadoes

Matt McLeod gets inside the Amityville defense during

Matt McLeod gets inside the Amityville defense during the Boys Basketball Suffolk Class A Final between Harborfields and Amityville. (March 2, 2011) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Harborfields won the Suffolk Small School title with a 57-49 win over Port Jefferson earlier today at Stony Brook, but did it without two of its top three scorers — seniors Matt McLeod (pictured above) and Nick Fessenden.

Some thought coach Chris Agostino held them out becuase it wasn't a do-or-die game, but he insisted that wasn't the case.

Fessenden suffered a concussion after taking an elbow to the head in the Tornadoes' win over Amityville in the Suffolk Class A final on Wednesday. He was checked by a doctor, who wouldn't clear him because of a mild headache.

Fessenden, like McLeod, is questionable for Sunday's overall Suffolk final at Farmingdale State and next Sunday's Long Island final. The forward says he should be back for the latter, though.

As for McLeod, Agostino said he "could be done for the season." McLeod had been playing with a torn ligament in his right big toe, and aggravated it on Wednesday. He was wearing a boot on the bench during yesterday's game.

The Tornadoes could use both scorers back for the stretch run. Yesterday, they shot just 23-of-58 from the field (39.6 percent), including 5-of-20 from three-point range.

Though Agostino took the glass half-full outlook.

"That's still 58 more shots than the Nassau teams shot in this gym," he said, referencing the L.I. championship site.

We'll see if McLeod and Fessenden are ready by then.

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