GREENLAWN, New York, Jan. 15
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Perfect; you can’t ask for a better start to the league season, or at least Head Coach Chris Agostino can’t.
“For us it’s very important to get off to a fast start,” Agostino said. “We played a tough non-league schedule… and it’s helped us to prevail in the league.”
On Tuesday, the Tornadoes kept that perfection going for, at least, another game with a 70-61 triumph over Islip (1-2). Robert Pecorelli, a guard, paced Harborfields in the win with a double-double as he recorded 11 rebounds to go along with his 24 points to lead all scorers.
“He’s just an incredible competitor, and the way he competes is infectious,” Agostino said. “When he’s playing like that, other guys start to play the same way… That’s the key to Robert’s success and it’s why this year he’s taking over the team.”
At 19.6 points per game overall – and 22.7 points per game in league play – Pecorelli has been one of Suffolk County’s top scorers in the dawn of his junior season.
But Pecorelli wasn’t the only one to get hot from the floor against Islip as Malcom Wynter (13 points), Alex Bloom (11 points) and Dan Morgan all reached double-figures in scoring. Both Morgan and Wynter also claimed double-doubles as Morgan grabbed 13 rebounds and Wynter dished out 10 assists.
“That’s just effort,” the head coach said of his team’s ability to contribute up and down the categories on the statistical score sheet. “We say it all the time: ‘Effort measures our success…’ We have a really good core group of kids that are playing hard.”
For Harborfields (3-0), the win secured the team’s first-place standing in Suffolk County’s League V. Including earlier wins over Comsewogue (1-2) and Sayville (2-1), the Tornadoes are hoping the success in the start of the season – including the experience of facing top teams like Brentwood (7-0) and Smithtown West (4-1) in non-league play – can fuel them to continued wins down the road and into the playoffs.
On Friday, the Tornadoes hit the court once again as they welcome Westhampton (1-2) to town for another divisional showdown.
“They’re an interesting team with several different defenses,” Agostino said. “[But] if we control the tempo, then we’ll control the game and beat them.”
Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Harborfields High School.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015; A34)