West Hempstead defeated Malverne, 66-64,Thursday night in one of the most exciting matches of this year's Hank Williams Memorial basketball tournament, which honors the legendary Malverne coach. The two teams faced each other in the consolation game after losing to their respective opponents, Elmont and Lawrence, in the opening round Tuesday night.
The game was a tight one to start out as both teams were even at 16 points apiece at the end of the first quarter. Rams guard Tyree Glascoe went on a tear in the second quarter, scoring the majority of his game-high 33 points to give West Hempstead a 43-38 halftime lead.
"Tyree had 26 points for us by halftime," said West Hempstead coach Ed Cosgrove. "They were able to slow him down a little in the second half by switching up their defense but we were able to put a good spurt together to close the game."
That spurt culminated with a layup by sophomore center Darren Davy with nine seconds left in the game off of a pass from Raymond Alexander to give the Rams a bigger lead. Davy was also fouled on the play but missed a foul shot that would have given West Hempstead a three point edge.
The Mules had plenty of time to either tie the game or go for the winning three point shot. They chose to go inside to sophomore guard Aaron Jackson off of a nice setup by Shaheed Scott. But Jackson, who was hot all game, scoring 15 points for the Mules, went too hard off the glass missing the layup.
"We need to work on our ability to finish down the stretch and also get to the foul line," said Malverne associate coach Walt Askinoff. "We fought hard to get back in the game in the second half but we still need more production out of our guardplay."
The Mules are now 2-2 (2-0 in conference) and will play their next game Tuesday against Oyster Bay at 7 p.m.
West Hempstead is 3-3 (0-1 in conference) and will play home against Valley Stream South on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Scoring 1 2 3 4 F
WH 16 27 12 11 66
Malv. 16 22 18 8 64