Baldwin gains steam down stretch
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The Bruins stretched their winning streak to four games in advance of a crucial Conference AA-II battle with Hicksville earlier this week. The two sat atop the conference with identical 7-1 marks, and the Comets won the first meeting, 65-55, on Dec. 20, draining a dozen threes, including six from Michael Julka. The loss snapped Baldwin’s 36-game conference winning streak that dated back to 2010. “We didn’t make the shots against their zone,” Burton said. “They played better than us.”
Hylton scored 20 points in a 53-32 victory over Longwood, a perennial power in Suffolk County, in the Martin Luther King Jr., Nassau-Suffolk Challenge at the Hicksville PAL Complex on Jan. 20. The Bruins defense limited the Lions to single-digit point totals in three of the four quarters, and held Longwood’s top offensive weapon, guard Latrell Washington, to just one basket. “It was great the way we came out,” Burton said. “They are one of the teams to beat out in Suffolk.”
Hylton captured the tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award, while Mack scored six points to go along with five assists and 10 rebounds.
“We knew we had a lot of talent but we knew it would take some time,” Burton said of having just one returning player with varsity experience. “But the kids have bought in and believe what it takes to be successful.”