Submitted by Lynn Skoblicki,
Island Trees Athletics.
Island Trees boys basketball team has taken a strong step forward this
season. With quality wins against Locust Valley, Carle Place, Valley Stream
North, Clarke and Mineola, the Bulldogs currently sit at 5-9 overall in Conference A-IV.
Anthony Acevedo and T.J. O'Connell have done a stellar job leading the team
this season, keeping the team focused and working hard each day. Acevedo has
had a number of huge games for the Bulldogs, averaging just under 12 points a
game and regularly contributing double-digit rebounding efforts.
taken on the task of defending the best wings in the conference and has been an
asset all season. Senior point guard Vincent Vetrone has had a strong start to his final season with the
Bulldogs. Vetrone is both the top assist man and the team's leading scorer,
averaging 12.6 points a game. He has reached the 20 point plateau four
times this season and currently finds himself in the top 25 for 3-pointers made
in Nassau County.
Junior Forward Andrew Kramer is also finding success on the
floor this season, both in the scoring column and rebounding the basketball. He
has contributed multiple double doubles this season, including a 16 point, 15
rebound effort against Clarke in the team's most recent victory.
James Carabott, Zachary Dolgos, Brendan Beiersdorfer and Junior Daniel Connelly
have all made a considerable impact in games this year as well. All four boys
are regular contributors and do a strong job defending their positions, and
their play has been a large part of the team's success.
team's primary goal this season has been to improve every day. All 16 players
have been working daily, providing excitement and optimism for both the
remainder of this season and the future of the program.
The Bulldogs have three games left in the regular season, facing Clarke on Friday, Feb. 1, Valley Stream North on Feb. 5 and Roosevelt on Feb. 11.