Colts Charge Through Winning Streak
Charging through the midpoint of the season—and not to mention their opponents’ defensemen—the Half Hollow Hills West varsity boys basketball team is on a high after a four-game winning streak last week.
Last Thursday, the Colts (6-2) went neck and neck with the Kingsmen (4-4), the second place team in League IV, and crushed their opposition with a 17-point victory. In the first quarter alone, Hill put up 22 points on the scoreboard, and continued to execute double-digit periods throughout all four periods.
Against Kings Park, senior captain and guard Terry Harris added 22 points and 10 rebounds while junior forward Justin Leonard recorded a career-high of 11 points in one game and had 8 rebounds. Colt rookies this season like sophomore forward Rich Altenord and freshman forward Cameron Jordan also kept the Hills scoreboard climbing, with Altenord adding 8 points and Jordan adding 5.
Some would argue it was senior captain and guard Ross Greenfield who really set the tone for a Colts victory Jan. 16, when he made a slam dunk over one of the Kings Park defenders in the first quarter of the game. Greenfeld added 19 total points and 7 rebounds against Kings Park, propelling Hills to a 69-52 victory.
The Colts outscored East Islip on Jan. 14, when they continued to average well over 50 points by the final and kept their opponent from surpassing the 50-point threshold. Harris scored 25 points at the East Islip game, a contribution not too far off from his season average of 24 points per game, Mitiritonna said. Greenfield scored 131 points with 11 rebounds, while Leonard added 6 with 10 rebounds.
Hills West’s offense skyrocketed, however, during a Jan. 9 home game versus West Babylon (4-4), and walked away with a 75-63 victory. Establishing a steady lead early from the offensive side, it was the strong and dynamic defense that sealed the Colts’ favor that day.
“I think the reason for our winning streak has been the way our young guys have understood our team’s defense. It’s starting to click as a unit and we’re able to get stops on defense and… hold the other teams to around 50 points, so that’s been huge,” Mitaritonna said.
Charging the net throughout the season and stealing the offensive spotlight against West Babylon, Harris added 35 points with 10 rebounds, Greenfield scored 17 with 11 rebounds and Leonard added 8 points, while sophomore guard Kian Dalyrimple scored 7 for Hills West.
The streak all started at Hills West’s Jan. 7 game at Hauppauge, where the Colts dominated 70-50. Captain Harris and Greenfield carried the team on the offensive, scoring 28 and 18 points, respectively.
“Because we have so many new players… it takes time for everybody to know their role, and now, we are able to perform at that high level,” the coach said.
With the Suffolk AA playoffs in sight, the Colts have no time for horseplay. Hills West was scheduled to play at Huntington on Tuesday, weather permitting. The Colts have a league game set for Jan. 23 at Bellport and another away game at Deer Park on Jan. 28. The boys will return to their home court for a game against Hauppauge Jan. 30, the coach said.