Manhasset Boys Basketball Wins County Championship


Andrew Hahn

On Sunday afternoon at SUNY Farmingdale, the 4th seeded Manhasset Indians took on the 2nd seeded Lynbrook Owls in the Nassau County Class A championship game. In a thrilling come-from-behind effort, the Indians posted a 55-42 win catapulting them into the Long Island Championship game.

Manhasset was hot, coming off a 51-43 victory against the one-seeded Elmont in the semifinal game on February 27. The team’s starting lineup was composed of 5 seniors: John Mastando, Chris Themelis, Joe LoCurto, Louis Perfetto, and Thomas Santella. Sophomore phenom and game MVP, Ahmad Crowell, also received a great deal of time on the court.

The game got off to a rough start for the Indians, where Manhasset found themselves in a 9 point deficit, trailing 13-4. The hundreds of Manhasset fans were silent, as they watched nervously. However, the Indians managed to get into a rhythm, and were only losing by 2 points at the half. Mastando had a tremendous first half, splashing a handful of three-pointers, and finishing the game with 12 points.

The spirit of the Manhasset student section was through the roof in the second half, as senior Ben Russell led the chants. Ahmad Crowell went off in the second half, scoring 18 of his 20 points, which include 2 three-pointers and 8 free throws.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Manhasset led 36-35, and they never lost the lead. The final score of the game was 55-42, clinching Manhasset’s first county championship since 2011.

Manhasset (20-3) advanced to play in the Long Island championship game this Sunday (March 10) at 6:00 PM. Their opponent is the Suffolk County Class A champion Wyandanch (17-7). The game will be held at the 14,500-seat NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum, the former home of the New York Islanders. This will be a thrilling and important game, as the Manhasset boys continue their road to a state championship. The last time this was accomplished was in 1986.