After a non league 64-46 loss to Half Hollow Hills East Wednesday, the Syosset Braves basketball team will look to rebound quickly, as the team faces the Farmingdale Dalers Friday night at Syosset High School.
The Braves battled a very talented Hills East team in the first half of the game. At the end of the first half, Syosset only trailed by nine. However, the quickness and size of the Thunderbirds proved to be too much for Syosset to handle, as the Braves struggled in the third quarter. Syosset was outscored 21 to 12 in the 3rd, and the team was not able to recover from the rough stretch to open up the second half.
After the game, Syosset head coach Bobby Kopp expressed disappointment in the team. as he felt like the game should have been a lot closer than the scoreboard indicated.
“We had some opportunities in that first half to make shots, hit layups, and to convert our free throws, but we didn’t do enough of that,” Kopp said. “When you play a team that athletic it is going to come back to hurt you. It was a tough game and it just got away from us.”
Though Syosset lost against Hills East, many of the players feel they can learn from the mistakes the team made against such an elite team in Suffolk County. Hopefully, improving in time for the first league game against Farmingdale.
Kopp indicated that Hills East and Farmingdale are very similar teams and he feels that the formula he coaches with is in place to give one of the best teams in Nassau County a run for their money on Friday.
“We have to do two things,” Kopp said. “We have to do a better job of making shots by getting the ball inside more, not settling for the three and not turning the ball over. I think the formula is pretty simple. We had a good chance tonight to keep it close but we just let it get away from us by turning the ball over and letting them get more possessions.”
Senior Samm Falk says Syosset has to play with determination in order to have a chance against Farmingdale.
“We have to play a full 32 minutes,” Falk said. “If we just play our game I know that we can win against them. We can’t get discouraged after this loss we need to stay focussed and be smart with the ball. I know those guys in that locker room all want it so badly. I know that if we can play our best we can compete with any team in our league. Period.”
For the Braves to compete with the Dalers they are going to need to play a complete 32 minutes for the first time all season. Farmingdale can beat teams with their great guards and their ability to work the ball inside and get easy baskets underneath the cylinder. Syosset will need to come out sharp and not fall behind early in the contest. If Senior point guard Jake Canner can work the pick and roll with Senior Jake Laine, and free up open looks for sharp shooter Nick Albernas, the team can definitely put up a strong fight.
Laine says the team confidence is really high and he expects to compete with the Dalers.
“Our confidence as a team is really high,” Laine said. “I know if we play our game we can compete with anyone. We know out capabilities and aren’t afraid of anyone.”
The Braves are saying all the right things heading into the seasons biggest matchup. Now it’s time to turn words into actions, taking the W from talented Farmingdale.