The Cold Spring Harbor boys basketball team is still the top dog in Nassau’s ABC conference.
The Seahawks further cemented their status atop the standings with a 12th win in conference play on Tuesday, a 51-41 triumph over Locust Valley.
Cold Spring Harbor gained the lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Junior Pete Licciardi scoring 12 points in the game, and also added four assists. Coach Jason Mercurio said Licciardi was instrumental in winning the game, which he wasn’t even sure he’d play in; he recently overcame the flu.
Licciardi “was able to calm our team down and keep everyone composed,” Mercurio said.
Also contributing to the Seahawk victory were junior Thomas Milana, with 10 points and three assists; junior captain Aidan Adomaites, with eight points and 12 rebounds; freshman Kip Dallaris and senior Jack Phelan with six points each; junior captain Jack Vavassis, with five points; and junior captain Nick Suter and senior Steve Dallaris, with two points each.
The Seahawks will play their last conference game tonight, 7 p.m. at Oyster Bay. Mercurio said the outcome will determine whether the Seahawks finish as the conference champion, or a tie for first place with the Baymen.
“I think our kids are looking forward it,” the coach said. “We know that Oyster Bay is really good, so the game is going to have a playoff-like atmosphere. It will be a really good test for us.”
In regards to the upcoming playoffs, Mercurio said, the Seahawks will learn Sunday their seed number and opponent in the opening round.
“We have as much talent as anyone else going into the playoffs. We just need to focus on playing our game and having confidence that we can beat anybody,” Mercurio said. “I definitely feel like we can win a couple of games in the playoffs. That’s our expectation, that’s our goal, and that’s what we’re striving for.”