By Eli Whyte
The Men’s basketball team faced off against BMCC in a conference matchup at the Brentwood campus on Thursday, Jan. 26. Even with strong efforts from Latrell Washington and Cheick Sy-Savane the Suffolk men’s team still fell short to BMCC by a small margin of seven points. Cheick Sy-Savane had an impressive game with 41 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. He almost went perfect with free throws as he was 10 for 11 at the line.
The number 20 power forward had another great game to add to the great season he is having. Another person who had not only a good game but also a good season is the guard Latrell Washington. Washington, the Longwood High School star, has also been a key asset to this team in his first season.
“I like to take ice baths, stretch and to listen to music,”Washington said regarding his pre-game preparation. He also said “I like to visualize before the game of the things that I’m supposed to do on the court”.
When asked about the loss, Washington said he was heartbroken that they lost because they were in the game the whole time and they ended up losing by seven at home. The loss to BMCC was worse than a regular loss because BMCC is also in the conference and that loss made the Suffolk men’s team now 10-11 and out of playoff contention for the time being.
Performing at half time, the dance team, stole the show. Nina Pernal, dance team member, said that the BMCC team was more aggressive and looked hungrier to get the win. She also said that is was a tight game, a real contest throughout the whole game. She mentioned how Cheick dominated the game and how he looked like the best player on the court out of the two teams that played. Annie Sabella from the cheer team was also there with her team watching the game. Sabella said that the cheer team will jump when Suffolk makes a free throw but she said she didn’t do it much in the second half.
Even though Suffolk men’s team were 18-24(70 percent) from the free throw line, they missed some crucial free throws in the second half which proved costly in a loss by a tight margin.
Both Pernal and Sabella described the BMCC team as bigger and stronger than the Sharks. With eight games left on the schedule they need to go on a good run and pick up plenty of wins to make it back on the playoff standings.
With three home games and five away games the team must put extra effort into their game to pick up wins because they win more at home. The team flips around their home games by either playing in Selden or in Brentwood. Their next home game is Tuesday, Feb. 2 against Queensborough at the Ammerman campus.