Shelter Island overcomes 14-point deficit in season-opener

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12/11/2010 6:01 PM |

The Shelter Island Indians, who trailed by 14 points early in the third quarter, bounced back for a 58-54 season-opening high school boys basketball victory at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School on Saturday.

Kyle Johnson scored five of Shelter Island’s final nine points. He finished with 12 points, as did teammate Chris Napolitano. John McEnroe added 11 points and James Read grabbed 10 rebounds.

McGann-Mercy (1-3) received 19 points and five assists from Joe Crosser. Another Monarchs player, Pat Stepnoski, recorded a double-double with 10 points and 19 rebounds. Justin Vasquez contributed 10 points.

Shelter Island took its first lead since 1-0 when McEnroe made a putback off his own miss for a 45-44 lead. McGann-Mercy regained the lead three times after that, but Shelter Island proved too resilient.

After Stepnoski sank a pair of free throws to close Shelter Island’s lead to 56-54 with 7.7 seconds left to play, Read threw a full-court inbounds pass to Matt Belt-Cappellino, whose layup with 3.9 seconds to go sealed the victory.

bliepa@timesreview.com

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  • The legislature’s loss is my council district’s gain! Thank God we’re not losing Jane and [her Legislative Aide] Lori Murphy.
    These two women are responsible for creating and facilitating an innovative project to restore the Town’s Nature Center at Cedar Beach, Mt. Sinai. Jane’s unique approach to accomplishing the [much needed] restoration in a tough economic climate was to form a partnership between private citizens, Town workers and Town resources. I know this well because I was the first person from the private sector to volunteer my labor.
    Since then, approximately 35 additional individuals and businesses have generously offered not only their time, but their money and materials! It has become a true community effort. For this reason, I’d certainly describe Jane as visionary. Her ability to ‘think outside the box’ led to a creative solution for a very difficult problem.
    Jane Bonner and Lori Murphy have fought [and continue to fight] red tape and bureaucratic snags to enable completion of the project. It’s a frustrating and thankless job that I’ve been fortunate enough to understand. few people outside of politics ever realize what they must endure to accomplish relatively simple tasks. I can testify first hand, the current restoration is far beyond simple.
    All levels of government would benefit greatly if there were more like Jane and her staff to go around. It’s been a refreshing experience to lose my political cynicism in finding we actually have some truly dedicated and ethical elected leaders in our Town. Thank You Jane, Lori, Debbie, and your entire staff.

    Sincerely,
    Randy Hagerman

  • Glad we’re not losing Jane! Martin Haley would do a great job.