The Amityville Warriors are headed to Binghamton! Late Saturday afternoon, the Wrariors continued their New York State title run by earning another Long Island Championship. This is their first Long Island title since 2013 and it means that they will head to the New York State Public School Championships in Binghamton, New York next weekend. The Warriors were shooting lights out from the three-point line as they bombarded Garden City during the 84-71 trouncing of the Trojans. Jayson Robinson, usually known as a great defender, poured in 23 points including three 3-pointers in the final two minutes to cap a stunning performance. Robinson scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth-quarter to stave off any attempt for a Garden City comeback. Another huge contributor was Tournament MVP Joshua Serrano who scored 29 points in the game. During a fiery first half, Serrano shot 10 of 14 from the field and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Amityville's explosive backcourt and their extreme athleticism overwhelmed the previously unbeaten Garden City Trojans, as they never held a lead throughout the entire game.
Seniors Jayson Robinson (#5) and Joshua Serrano (#1) combined for a whopping 52 points
The Warriors will now play the defending New York State Champions, Irondequoit High School, in the Public School Championships this weekend.
When Newsday asked about Joshua Serrano's performance, teammate, Jayson Robinson said, “When I’m hot, I’m hot, and when Josh is hot, watch out, He set the tone out there. And we’re an unselfish team that understands how to play together.”*
Serrano agreed as he later told Newsday, “Shots were falling early for me and it felt good, but I thought we played much better team defense in the second half and that was the key to the championship. And of course, Jayson got hot.”
Defense did seem to be the catalyst for Amityville's explosive win, as Amityville's Coach Gordon Thomas reiterated during a postgame interview with Newsday in which he said “I wanted them to understand that we beat a team that executed its offense, played with discipline and knew how to use the 35-second clock, they were an excellent team and 22-0 for a reason. We played well to beat them. And I thought Josh and Jayson were a great 1-2 punch.”
Coach Gordon Thomas was a vocal presence for Amityville.
That defense will be put to the test as the Amityville Warriors will face the defending champs Irondequoit Eagles on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 9 AM at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY.