April 01, 2015
The Bethpage-Szynal Varsity basketball team took home a Nassau County Police Activity League title at the NCPAL March basketball tournament finals on March 21 at the Town of Oyster Bay Athletic Center in Hicksville, NY. A total of six teams – two junior varsity and four varsity-level teams – had competed in three games over the course of the day.
The final round of the tournament saw Bethpage-Szynal narrowly defeat Hicksville-Stewart 51-50 during overtime in the Varsity II game and Wantagh-Seaford-Bendetti beat Wantagh-Seaford-Hegarty 57-48 in the Varsity I division final. The Hicksville-McAleese team triumphed over Massapequa-Sanchez by a score of 59-42 in the junior varsity contest.
“Congratulations to the players and coaches of Hicksville-McAleese, Bethpage-Szynal, and Wantagh-Seaford-Bendetti on their championship victories in the tournament,” said Nassau PAL President Frank DiVittorio, “as well as their respective opponents Massapequa-Sanchez, Hicksville-Stewart and Wantagh-Seaford-Hegarty for making it to the tournament’s final round. I also want to extend my thanks to all the teams comprised of upstanding young athletes and their dedicated coaches for participating in the tournament over the past several weeks and putting their efforts and dedication into a game that they love.”
A total of 24 teams have participated in the tournament, which held games on each weekend during the month of March. Teams represented five PAL Units (Bethpage, Hicksville, Massapequa, Plainview and Wantagh/Seaford) on the varsity and junior varsity level played in the tournament.
Danny Wilson of Hicksville-McAleese was named MVP for his performance against Massapequa-Sanchez in the JV championship game. Carmine Szynal of Bethpage was the MVP of the Varsity II game against Hicksville. Ryan DeVito of Wantagh-Seaford-Bendetti received tournament MVP honors in the Varsity I game against Wantagh-Seaford-Hegarty.
To see photos from the games, please visit http://bit.ly/NCPALBBall.
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