Washingtonville Wizards Hold Off Monroe-Woodbury
in Overtime to Start Season 3-0
By Sean Lynch
WOODBURY —The Wizards were trailing by two with 1:28 left when Washingtonville head coach Todd Rose used two timeouts before an inbounds play. Every possession mattered; every second with the ball mattered, and Rose waited until his team got the look they were hoping for with the game on the line.
Senior forward Kareem Lubin found junior center Romeo Aquino for a wide-open layup coming off a play in stack formation.
The layup tied the game for the Wizards, who hadn’t led since early in the third quarter.
They went on a 6-0 run to start the second half, but Monroe-Woodbury answered with a 17-3 run of their own to end the third quarter.
“We came out in the fourth quarter with a lot of energy,” said Aquino. “The crowd helped us a lot. We got behind them and that’s when we went on that fourth quarter scoring run.”
In the last 6:38 of the game (including overtime), Washingtonville went on a 13-0 to secure a hard-fought 49-41 win over Monroe-Woodbury.
“There’s some highs and lows in every game,” said Rose. “We’ve been down before, but these guys never give up. They always believe they can get the job done, and I think that’s what pushed us until the final whistle tonight.”
(Photo Caption) Ryan Graham (#13) passing the ball in the post to Romeo Aquino Photo Credit: Christine Graha