Freeport, NY – It’s starting to sound like a broken record by now. Shaquille Mosley was the leading scorer for the Uniondale Knights as they win again.
Mosely is one of the top scorers on Long Island and has led the Knights in scoring each time his team has played this season. Following up his career-high 40-point outburst in his team’s win over Chaminade, the senior guard dropped 30 as Uniondale was able to edge by a tenacious Freeport team, 64-56, on the road.
Uniondale’s victory improves their season record to 9-0 in Conference AA-I and 16-0 overall.
“It was a big win, it’s a huge rivalry. It’s a cross-town type rivalry game,” says Uniondale Head Coach Tom Diana. “Anytime we come here or our place, it’s pretty much through the roof intensity-wise. I thought we toughened up as the game wore on”
Big win it was for Coach Diana’s squad.
Freeport hung with the Knights throughout the entire game and held a two-point lead at halftime. The Red Devils were led by Jere Brown’s 26 points, 12 of which came in Freeport’s 22-point second quarter. The second-leading scorer for Freeport was Leondre Simmons who scored seven of his 12 points in the first half. These two teams combined for 41 points in the quarter after both teams struggled out of the gate, finishing the first at a 9-8 Uniondale lead.
However, in the third quarter it was all Uniondale. After Mosley’s 18-point first half, the Knights spread the wealth in the period as the senior scored nine of 21 points. The majority of the others came from Solomon Graham-Wright and Aaron Cust, who scored 6 and 5 respectively.
“We’re deep. It’s been the way it’s been all year…We have nine, ten guys that can play and we’ll will keep rotating them through to see who get’s going,” says Coach Diana.
In the game, Uniondale had considerable contributions from multiple members of his team not named Shaq. Kenny Woodard finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds, Graham-Wright had 8 points, and Cust chipped in with 9 points and 4 assists.
Though when the game really came down to the stretch, Diana went to his star. Uniondale led 55-52 with only a couple minutes to play when he hit his sixth and final three in the game to go up six. “We were playing together,” says Mosley, “My teammates got me open, they found me open on the wing, and I knocked down the jump shots.”
Then with 1:21 to play, Mosley capped his night with a tough transition basket in the paint that finally sealed the win.
“It’s a big win. You have to keep focused,” Shaq talks about always keeping up the winning mentality, “If you lose one game in the playoffs you’re out. So you just have to stay focused offensively and defensively, because we want to go upstate, that’s our goal.”
The win for Uniondale keeps them atop the conference, just ahead of Farmingdale at 9-1. Trailing the Dalers is Freeport who fell to 7-4 in conference and 12-4 on the season.
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