The Amityville High School Varsity are having a ball right now.. literally. The Warriors are making a charge for the New York State Championship with Coach Gordon Thomas at the lead., Amityville High school is on a tear, beating Westhampton in the Suffolk Class A Final 83-68, then going on to beat Center Moriches in the Suffolk Class ABCD championship 75-60. But what has been the recipe for success? A combination of stellar play from the team veterans, mixed with freshmen and newcomers stepping up, and topped with amazing leadership from both the players and the coaching staff. Senior Guard, Joshua Serrano, took charge late in the Suffolk County Class “A” Championship. He scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to help seal Amityville first Suffolk Class A Championship in 5 years. Three days later, Serrano scored 31 points and dished out 8 assists in order to capture the Suffolk small-school (ABCD) Championship over Center Moriches High School. Serrano has been the shining example of confidence and leadership during this title run. “During the timeout, Joshua [Serrano] came up to me and said, ‘Coach, I got this”,.....’ “He’s been doing it all year. He’s just an amazing player. He made me a believer.” Warriors Coach Gordon Thomas said in an interview Friday night after they had clinched the Suffolk Class A Title. A very accurate statement as Serrano has been dazzling all year during his senior campaign, recently scoring his 1,500th varsity point.
←Serrano scores 3 of his 31 points during the Suffolk ABCD final.
Serrano isn't the only reason for the team’s success however, Other players such as newcomer Jayson Robinson, who filled up the stat sheet with a near triple double of 10 points, 10 steals, and 8 assists in the Suffolk ABCD Championship. Big men such as forwards Julius Goddard and Branden Tannis have also been a big part of Amityville recent playoff success. Tannis who is averaging 7.8 points and 11.8 rebounds and Goddard who is averaging 10.8 points and 5 rebounds during the playoff run have been a big 1-2 punch in the frontcourt for opposing teams.
Goddard and Tannis have been a pain in the frontcourt for the opposition
All this success under the watchful eyes of coach Gordon Thomas, the former St. John’s product, and second year Amityville Basketball coach has been the heart and often voice of this Warriors squad. Thomas, coming here in 2017, formerly the Bayshore High School JV basketball coach, has amassed a record of 37 wins and just 6 losses, can now add a Suffolk Title to his list of achievements his tenure at Amityville. Coach Thomas is using previous playoff experience on this year;s run. “We’ve been preparing for this ever since we lost to Bayport-Blue Point,” said Warriors coach Gordon Thomas, referencing an upset loss in last year’s playoffs before the Class ‘A’ Championship. “At the beginning, we were too excited and were rushing things. I told them to relax and let the game come to you.” This team is already making noise this year and will play two more games. The Suffolk overall final against Hills East on Sunday. March 4 and then the real prize, the Long Island Championship against the Nassau Class A Champion on Saturday, March 10 at Farmingdale State College. Their victory in that game will determine whether they head off to Binghamton to play in the public school state tournament on March 17-18. Joshua Serrano has been seeking a championship for his senior campag.in “We work hard every single day, can’t take anything as a joke,” Serrano said. “This is my last year, this is really a moment I’ve been dreaming of for a while and I really want to bring it back to Amityville and win states.”