Depth carries South Side
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Shirland, Shaw, senior Matt Pandolfi and sophomore Matt Diluccio are making large contributions. “We don’t send all four out at once, but there are times when they’re playing together and we don’t sacrifice a thing,” D’Angelo said.
Ten players got on the floor within the first 10 minutes of last Friday’s 67-46 win over Wantagh. Phifer and Ruiz led a trapping defense that forced the Warriors’ backcourt into mistakes and led to transition baskets. South Side led 24-6 after eight minutes and never looked back. Pandolfi had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Phifer added 11 points, six rebounds and five steals.
On Jan. 7, the reserves combined for 31 points to lead a 73-50 victory at Jericho. Shirland had 13 to set the pace, and Matt Pandolfi added 11. Sorensen popped for 18 in a game that saw the Cyclones sink seven three-pointers.
“We’ve been starting off well and closing games out,” D’Angelo said.
The second half of the conference schedule begins Friday when South Side hosts Carey in a 6:30 p.m. tipoff.