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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Lynbrook rallies past VSN
By Joe Galotti
Neil Miller/Herald
Lynbrook's Anthony Mackie, center, battled with Valley Stream North's Malik McLeod, left, and Ricardo Richardson for a rebound during last Friday's game.

An all-around solid performance by Lynbrook boys basketball’s Michael McVeigh helped the Owls pull out a 37-34 victory against Nassau Conference A-III opponent Valley Stream North last Friday. The Owls came away with their third straight victory in front of a packed home crowd, on a night in which the team honored their senior players before the game.

“Playing together and playing defense was our main goal,” McVeigh said. “The guys on team really stepped up.” 

McVeigh lead the way early for his team, making three first quarter three-pointers, and scoring all of his team’s 11 points over the opening eight minutes. But as the game progressed the defense tightened up on the senior guard, who has also been dealing with a back injury. 

In the second McVeigh’s teammates began to take over the scoring load for the Owls. Four different players scored for Lynbrook in the second quarter to help the team take a 22-16 lead into halftime. 

Early in the second half, it seemed as if Lynbrook was ready to pull away, as they held a 10-point advantage with 5:12 left remaining in the third. But Valley Stream North would answer with a 9-2 run to end the quarter, led by the scoring efforts of senior Ricardo Richardson. 

The Spartans continued their strong play into the fourth, as they held a 32-28 lead with 4:53 to play. But a pair of big three pointers by Owls’ sophomore guard Frank Boni would help Lynbrook regain the lead. 

“We needed those threes,” Lynbrook head coach Chris Rube said. “Every time he shoots we believe it’s going in.”

During the final two minutes, with Lynbrook holding a two-point lead, the game came down to the two teams knocking down their free throws. McVeigh, who had not scored since the first quarter, was able to deliver a pair of clutch free throws to give his team a four-point lead. 


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