After Shaquille Mosley lit up Farmingdale, he flashed a smile that lit up the entire gym.
You'd smile too if you hit three three-pointers in a two-minute span in the fourth quarter to finish with a season-high 36 points and seal the win in a battle of two teams that had been unbeaten in Conference AA-I. Mosley did all that Thursday to lead Uniondale to a 66-50 win over host Farmingdale.
Uniondale led by as many as 17 points before Farmingdale moved within 50-44 on a turnaround bank shot by Matthew Di Carlo with 6:10 left. But from that point on, it was all smiles for Uniondale and Mosley.
On the ensuing possession, Aaron Cust found a wide-open Mosley on the right side for three. A minute later, Mosley drained a long three for a 58-46 lead. Next time downcourt, Mosley again connected from downtown to give Uniondale (4-0) a 15-point lead with 3:45 remaining. It also gave Mosley reason to smile, which is just what he did while getting back on defense.
"The best thing to do is shoot with confidence," Mosley said. "If you shoot with confidence and you're feeling it, you're going to help the team out."
Farmingdale (4-1) trailed 33-21 at halftime but pulled within five with 1:45 remaining in the third quarter. Di Carlo and Dalique Mingo (17 points) scored on putbacks, Mingo converted his into a three-point play and Kevin Petit-Frere (10 points) banked in a step-back three-pointer to make it 47-42.
In addition to dominating the glass, Uniondale's frontcourt rotation of 6-6 Kenny Woodard, 6-6 Solomon Graham-Wright, 6-4 Terrance Brown and 6-3 Dashawn Benson were a constant source of help defense. Uniondale coach Tom Diana called his team's bigs the difference in the game.
"We played hard, played our style, played real physical," Diana said. "It was a good win for us. They're a good team, but I'm not surprised any time we win because I think we're a good team also."