Harborfields loves to run, but its devastating transition game hardly ever ends with a dunk and many times doesn't even finish with a drive. "When we're on the fast break, teams are looking for the layup, so we pull up for the three," Justin Ringen said. "We're wide-open."
Call it a green-light offense. "If they've got a shot at a three, they'd better take it," coach Chris Agostino said, "or they're coming out. If that's the best shot, they have to shoot it."
The Tornadoes have been more than willing to comply this season. One game after scoring 110 points, they sank 13 three-pointers Thursday night in blowing past host Sayville, 72-41, in a Suffolk League V game.
Kevin Zabransky scored 19 points, including five treys. Ringen had 13 points, with four threes. John Patron had 13 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Lucas Woodhouse orchestrated the show with 15 points and 10 assists.
"Luke is creating shots for those guys," Agostino said. "He trusts them."
So when Woodhouse leads Harborfields (8-2, 3-0) on the break, he frequently whips a no-look pass to an open shooter on the wing. When the shots are falling, the Tornadoes look like a team that could make it back to Glens Falls for a second straight season. "I think shooting is contagious," Ringen said. "When those shots go in, it affects the momentum of the game and it opens things up for everyone."
When Sayville (4-5, 2-2) tried to prevent Ringen from nailing his outside shot, Patron from cleaning up inside and Woodhouse from distributing or beating his man off the dribble, Zabransky was the open man. Usually a starter, Zabransky was used in a different role Thursday night as Agostino tinkered with the lineup.
"We have interchangeable parts," Zabransky said. "Coach told me I'd get in the game. When you come off the bench, there's a sense of urgency. You want to hit your first shot."
Zabransky did just that, nailing a three late in the first quarter when the game still was close. He hit another trey to cap a 16-3 second-quarter spurt that put Harborfields ahead 30-15. Sayville got no closer.
The Tornadoes were particularly impressive during a 12-0 third-quarter run that came on four consecutive three-pointers, three by Ringen and one by Woodhouse. Later in the period, Zabransky nailed another from beyond the arc for a 52-25 lead.
"Luke got me the ball,'' Zabransky said. "He's a real confidence-builder."