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Monday, February 12, 2007

MU recruit Hett scores 21 in playoff win/next game Wednesday/courtesy Staten Island Advance

By the way, it looks to me Hett may have foul shooting issues: 3-for-6 again from the line.

NO. 4 FARRELL 80, NO. 5 MOORE 49
Lesson learned, Lions rip Mavs
Rossiter, Hett score 21 each to lead two-time defending champs into semis
Monday, February 12, 2007
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Monsignor Farrell learned some valuable lessons from its slim one-point win over Moore Catholic 10 days ago.
Yesterday, the Lions applied that knowledge and took the Mavericks to school in an 80-49 rout in the quarterfinals of Councilman Michael McMahon's SIHSL Championship Tournament at the College of Staten Island.

The fourth-seeded Lions (17-5 overall) will face No. 1 Curtis in Wednesday night's 8 p.m. semifinal at CSI.
"The ultimate key for us was our defense today," said Farrell coach Bob Besignano, whose squad eked out a 58-57 win over the Mavs on Feb. 2 to clinch the Island CHSAA division crown. "We wanted to stop (Moore top scorer Mikhial) Bradshaw and take away their three-point shooting."
Considering that a foul-plagued Bradshaw finished with two points and the Mavs had only three harmless treys, chalk it up as mission accomplished for the Lions, who spotted Moore a 9-7 lead before closing out the opening quarter on a 9-2 run thanks to three-point bombs from seniors Billy Falkenhainer, Michael Pulci and James Hett.
The defending tourney champ Lions also went back to a tactic that worked in the earlier win, throwing a full-court press at the fifth-seeded Mavericks (13-7). The result in the first half was a pair of 10-second violations, four steals, three traveling calls and a disheveled Moore offense.
"We wanted to play uptempo; (Moore) dictated the tempo last time," said Hett, the 2006 tourney MVP. "Even if we gave up a few easy baskets, if it meant getting them in an up-and-down game with us, that would've been fine."
"We had success in causing turnovers with the press the last game, and practiced it all week long to use again," Besignano added. "And we also played great positional defense."
Especially Falkenhainer and Stephen Rivera against Bradshaw. When Rivera drew Bradshaw's fourth personal foul on a charge 24 seconds into the third quarter, it forced the Moore junior to the bench for the remainder of the period.
"The (Feb. 2) game, Bradshaw took it to the basket on us and no one drew any charges. All week in practice, we talked about the importance of getting someone in front of him," said Hett, who matched senior teammate Ryan Rossiter with a game-high 21 points.

Moore junior center Charles Fall (team-high 17 points) picked up some of the offensive slack. But Farrell matched its defensive intensity on offense, and that was bad news for the Mavs.
The perimeter shooting of Falkenheimer (16 points) complemented the slashing Hett and the low-post moves of the 6-foot-8 Rossiter, who showed a deft touch with both top-of-the-key jumpers and a nifty sky hook that eluded the reach of the 6-8 Fall.

"When I hit my first jumper (three minutes into the contest) off a feed from James, I gained a lot of confidence," said Falkenhainer. "James and the rest of the guys were doing a good job of getting me the ball in open spots in the zone."
Moore abandoned that 3-2 for man-to-man late in the second quarter. But nothing slowed down the Lions yesterday.
"I knew if we went man-to-man that we'd be in trouble. But we had to do something ... for the second straight game (Farrell) shot the ball extremely well against our zone," said Moore coach Rich Postiglione, whose team plays Susan Wagner in a consolation game tomorrow at Port Richmond HS.
"And for the second game in a row against them, we had difficulty with their press. Combine that with our leading scorer getting two points. I was disappointed with the way we played, but the better team won."
Fall 8 1-3 17, Bradshaw 1 0-0 2, Cenovski 2 4-5 8, Urciuoli 2 0-0 5, Sammy 0 0-0 0, Stradford 0 0-0 0, Naringi 1 0-0 2, Albano 2 0-0 5, Simonetti 0 0-2 0, Gurgess 1 2-2 4, Savage 0 0-2 0, Sousa 0 0-0 0, Aquino 1 1-2 3, Schettino 1 0-0 3.
Totals: 19 8-16 49. MONSIGNOR FARRELL (80)
Hett 8 3-6 21, Feminella 1 0-0 2, Rossiter 8 4-6 21, Falkenhainer 7 0-3 16, Rivera 2 1-2 5, Ferrari 1 0-0 2, Todaro 0 0-0 0, Cassarino 0 0-0 0, Pulci 3 0-0 9, Steyer 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 32 8-17 80. Moore (13-7)1113169--49 Farrell (17-5)16191629--80
Three-point goals: Urciuoli, Albano, Schettino, Hett 2, Rossiter, Falkenhainer 2, Pulci 3.
Stephen Hart is a sports reporter for the Staten Island Advance. Contact him at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hett appears to be the real deal...wish I could say that about the big men we're bringing in

12:12 PM, February 12, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Any idea when MU might announce its last 2 recruits for next year?

12:32 PM, February 12, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I don't know that they are on the verge with anyone right now, though they are looking at several players, mainly forwards, and will probably explore JUCO ranks as well.

Spring signing period is April 11 through May 16.

Usually I find out when a player verbally commits so we could perhaps hear before then.

12:41 PM, February 12, 2007  

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