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Noah Shy lifts Valley Stream North past St. Anthony’s

Noah Shy of Valley Stream North shoots the

Noah Shy of Valley Stream North shoots the ball against Jack Doyle of St. Anthony's on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Credit: Anna Sergeeva

His name is Shy. His game is not.

Valley Stream North guard Noah Shy, despite a mid-game dry spell, was not gun-shy in the second half, scoring 10 of his 15 points as the Spartans defeated St. Anthony’s, 55-45, Saturday in the second of the five-game Public-Catholic Challenge played at Elmont High School.

“Coach is always saying ‘keep shooting,’ and he gives me all the confidence in the world,” said Shy, a 6-1 senior who added six assists and five rebounds. “There are certain times in a game that’s I’ve just got to make shots.”

Several of those moments helped VSN improve to 3-0 in a tightly-contested, defensive struggle. Shy made a slick scoop shot on which he drew a foul and converted for a three-point play and a 31-25 lead midway through the third quarter. He also drained a three from downtown, his only long-range basket, for a 41-34 advantage early in the fourth.

St. Anthony’s (2-2), which got 16 points from Tyrone Lyons and 15 from Jon Harewood, moved to within 44-40 before John Alimo, capitalizing on some excellent ball movement by the Spartans, got open for a three-pointer from the right wing. A minute and a half later, he drove hard to the rim for another basket that produced a 51-40 with 1:01 left.

“I was looking for that shot,” Alimo, who scored 17 points, said of his third trey. “Even though I was cold [he hadn’t scored since early in the second quarter], my teammates told me to keep shooting.”

Of his curling drive, Alimo said, “It was late in the shot clock and I saw a breakdown in the defense. I drove hard and shot a floater. Fortunately, I got a good bounce.”

VSN coach Dan Achatz said it was good to see his players get rewarded for their persistence. “We always talk about it: How do we recover from not making shots? We grind it out on defense and keep shooting.”

Taliq Abdul-Rahim added 10 points and five assists for the Spartans while Shamari Griffith had nine rebounds and was the benefit of Shy’s lob off an in-bounds play early in the third quarter for a crowd-pleasing, two-hand slam.

Shy had a much less flashy assist to Alimo in the closing seconds. On a two-man breakaway, Shy bypassed an easy layup and pushed a soft bounce pass to Alimo for the basket. “We’re all bros,” Alimo said.

“He was feeling it and had a great game,” Shy said. “I shared the ball and gave him an extra bucket.”

Nothing shy about that.

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