A pair of Conference AA-I boys basketball rivals go head-to-head on MSGVarsity.com between Farmingdale and Uniondale in a rematch of last years semifinal game.
The Dalers enter the contest standing at 7-2 on the season and 5-0 in the ultra-tough Conference AA-I. They currently rank third in the newest MSG Varsity’s Boys Basketball Power Rankings, and will look to enact a measure of revenge on the Knights who defeated them 59-51 in last year’s semifinals.
It all starts with Dalique Mingo for the Dalers. Mingo is a four-year starter averaging 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. Mingo scored his 1,000th career point during a January 8th game against Massapequa.
Curtis Jenkins has also been another big player for Head Coach Jim Pastier’s squad as he has average 12 points and 9 rebounds per game this season. He has also been spot on from downtown by going 7-for-13 from three-point range.
Taking a look at the other side of the coin, Tom Diana’s 17th season as the head coach of the Knights has been successful so far. Although Shaquille Mosley is no longer running the show for the 2012-13 campaign, Aaron Cust is now the man carrying that load.
Cust has averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game this season for the 5-4 (3-2 in Conference AA-I) Knights. The senior guard leads a squad full of talent around him as well including players such as Jerel McGary, Imran Ritchie, and Nick Danns. McGary is the only other Knight to average double-digit points at 13 a game. However, Ritchie has been smooth with the ball dishing out seven assists per game, while Danns controls the glass en route to averaging eight boards per game.
Be sure to check out MSGVarsity.com’s action starting at 4:30 p.m. where Carl Reuter and Rob Pavinelli will be on the call. The game replay will be immediately available on MSGVarsity.com upon conclusion and it will premiere on MSG Varsity Optimum. Channel 14 on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Follow Bill on Twitter @MSGVBillMueller