Lores brothers lift E. Rockaway to 'C' title
There is a rule in the Lores family: no talking about East Rockaway basketball in the house. That's the law, even though Joe, the father, is the head coach and his sons Joey and Mikey are starters.
"It's a rule my mom has," Joey Lores said. "We can't talk about it. Basketball stays on the court."
After helping East Rockaway win its first Nassau Class C title in six years, Joey and Mikey may make their parents think twice about the rule.
Mikey scored 12 points and Joey added three key points down the stretch as the Rocks defeated Friends Academy, 42-39, Sunday at LIU Post for their first Nassau championship since the 2005-06 season.
East Rockaway will face the winner of Monday night's's Stony Brook-Pierson Suffolk Class C final in the Long Island championship on March 6.
Mikey Lores scored eight of his 12 points during the first quarter, and Justin Jonas had 10 points for East Rockaway, which never trailed in the game. Joey Lores had six points.
"We knew they were a good team and they could score on us at any point," Mikey Lores said. "We just stuck to our game plan and just do what we do best, which is hustle."
The Rocks opened a 25-17 lead on the Quakers at the end of the first half. But Marc Godlis scored nine of his 15 points in the second half to bring the Quakers back into contention.
Coach Joe Lores told his team to focus by narrowing the game down into segments. "I told them that it was just an eight-minute game," he said. "If someone asked you beforehand if you would take being up by just three going into the fourth quarter, why wouldn't you take it?"
With East Rockaway clinging to a 38-35 lead, Joey Lores' layup made it 40-35. Friends' Kellan Sehring (10 points) hit a putback before Joey Lores made one of two free throws for a 41-37 lead with less than a minute left.
When asked whether the family will discuss the game at dinner, Joey Lores said, "We might sneak it in today."