They gave the Blue Devils everything they had and will never be forgotten. Six seniors were honored by the Huntington boys’ basketball team prior to Tuesday night’s game in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
Max Angstadt, Keegan Dunne, Taqwan Gooden-Hill, Alejandro Hinds, Kevin Lawrence and James Shea were all called out on the court where they were joined by their parents. Team statistician Jolena Smith was also recognized.
“These guys exemplify the commitment we seek in our players,” head coach Brian Carey said. “Win or lose they have given us the best they have on any given day. They work hard in practice, too. They’re just fine young men and all of us on the staff expect them to go on and find success in life. No matter where they go, they will always be members of our Blue Devil family.”
Following the ceremony, Huntington went out and nearly pulled off an upset of highly ranked Copiague (9-2 league; 11-6 overall), which had to stage a furious rally in the final minutes to hold off the Blue Devils.
The two teams lit up the scoreboard early, battling to a 15-all standoff over the first eight minutes. The Eagles gained some momentum in the second quarter, knocking down a series of long outside shots while on a 21-12 run. Copiague led at halftime 36-27.
Huntington edged closer during the third period, outscoring Copiague, 19-16 to cut the Blue Devil deficit to six points at 52-46.
Carey fired up his team between periods and when play resumed, Huntington took it to the visitors. The Blue Devils went on an 11-4 run, bringing the crowd to its feet and gaining a one-point lead at 57-56 with 2:43 to play.
Copiague stormed back in the final minutes, outscoring Huntington 17-6 in an almost surreal offense performance to claim a 10 point victory, 73-63.
Lawrence dropped a team-high 24 points for the Blue Devils. Gooden-Hill had 18 points and Shea added 10 points. Mike Abbondandelo scored eight points and Nick Inman had three points.
Huntington will close out the season with three games on the road. The Blue Devils play at Newfield today (February 2) and then at Smithtown West (February 7) and Smithtown East (February 9). All three games have 5:45 p.m. tipoff times.