The Elmont Spartans defeated the Sewanhaka Indians 54-43 on Wednesday afternoon, led by K.C. Ndefo’s 18 point game and Victor Olawoye’s 13 points.
Jayden Boyd and Giovany Brice led Sewanhaka with 16 and 13 points respectively.
Sewanhaka head coach Jay Allen said he gives credit to a well-coached Elmont team, led by Ndefo, who won the State Championship last season.
“Those guys are a well-oiled machine,” Allen said. “They just did a better job of playing their style by getting out on the break and generating opportunities. K.C. Ndefo was the difference in this game.”
In the first quarter, Elmont outscored Sewanhaka 15-10 as Ndefo paced the attack with eight points. He went 2-4 on the line and hit three field goals.
Brice led Sewanhaka with six points in the opening quarter as he scored three times from inside the paint.
Elmont outplayed Sewanhaka 13-8 in the second quarter and took a ten point lead into halftime.
Ndefo added five more points in the second quarter to lead Elmont with 13 points in the first half.
Ismael Astasie finished the first half with six points, including four in the second quarter for Elmont.
Kamaal Chin led Sewanhaka with four points in the second quarter, hitting a pair of free throws and a basket.
Brice, Chin and Boyd provided Sewanhaka’s offense by combining for 16 points in the first half.
Elmont had the edge in the third quarter 11-7 and had a 39-25 lead heading into the final quarter.
Olawoye led Elmont with six points in the third quarter including a pair of baskets and two shots on the line.
Rahim Akinwunmi led Sewanhaka with three points by going 3-4 on the line in the third quarter.
In the final quarter, Sewanhaka outscored Elmont 18-15 but Elmont went on to win 54-43.
Olawoye led Elmont with seven points in the fourth quarter, in which he went 2-2 on the line and added a basket and a three pointer. Olawoye finished the game with 13 points, all coming in the second half.
Ndefo added five points in the second half for Elmont and totaled 18 for the match.
Boyd led Sewanhaka with nine points in the fourth quarter. He went 3-4 on the line and added three shots from the interior, finishing the game with a team leading 16 points.
Brice compiled five points in the fourth quarter for Sewanhaka and collected seven points in the second half. He completed the contest with 13 points.
Boyd said they couldn’t execute as an early deficit proved to be too much, resulting in their first home loss of the season.
“We came out flat in the first half,” Boyd said. “We tried to pick it up in the second half but we just couldn’t pull through. It’s a tough loss but we’ll bounce back.”
Weekly Boys Basketball Scores
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Carle Place defeated Wheatley 60-46. Christopher Ruscillo led Carle Place with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Christopher Sheremetta recorded 11 points while Benjamin Armstrong chipped in with 10 points for Carle Place. Brian Doria and Michael Tragale led Wheatley with 12 and 11 points respectively.
MacArthur defeated Manhasset 61-46. Angelo Andino led MacArthur with 18 points. Kyle Acquavella posted 17 points while Mike Manfredo compiled 12 points for MacArthur. Danny Hedberg led Manhasset with 19 points.
Great Neck South defeated Mepham 65-53. Sheldon Henry led Great Neck South with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Liam Blicher recorded 13 points and eight rebounds while David Sabzehroo collected 12 points for Great Neck South.
Chaminade defeated St. Mary’s 66-25. Kyle Murphy led Chaminade with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Brendan McGuire added 11 points as well. Justin Brown and Mike McLoughlin led St. Mary’s as they combined for 10 points.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Floral Park defeated Valley Stream North 81-59. Brian Fox led Floral Park with 29 points. Frank Phelan posted 23 points and 11 assists while T.J. Cluess compiled 15 points and 10 rebounds for Floral Park.
Hewlett defeated New Hyde Park 66-42. Zach Bromfeld led Hewlett with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Gianluca Preziosi recorded 21 points and five assists while Alyjah Hill totaled 15 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists for Hewlett. Nick Anthony led New Hyde Park with nine points.
Bellmore JFK defeated Great Neck North 54-46. After Great Neck North cut the lead to four with 45 seconds left, Kobe Chukwuka, who had four points and seven rebounds, hit two free throws with 30 seconds left, and Marco Travaglione, who led Bellmore JFK with 18 points and 11 rebounds, added a pair of foul shots with nine seconds left. Steven Carlson added 14 points while Matt Muscarella chipped in with 10 points and five assists for Bellmore. Julien Hakimian led Great Neck North with 20 points while Joe Gohari recorded 12 points.
Friday, Feb. 10
Manhasset defeated Herricks 77-49. Danny Hedberg led Manhasset with 21 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Idaspe led Herricks with 24 points.
Malverne defeated Wheatley 63-57. Josh Rivers led Malverne with 18 points and seven assists. Makhia Effs, who recorded 14 points, made two free throws with 14 seconds left to put Malverne up by four points. Michael Tragale led Wheatley with 18 points.
Sewanhaka defeated Great Neck North 62-45. Rahim Akinwunmi led Sewanhaka with 14 points and 13 rebounds while Jayden Boyd posted 12 points and seven assists. Juilian Hakimian and Daniel Sharifian combined for 15 points to lead Great Neck North.
Saturday, Feb. 11
Floral Park defeated Bethpage 77-44. Frank Phelan led Floral Park with 17 points while Mike Incantalupo and T.J. Cluess each recorded 10 points.
Island Trees defeated Mineola 53-41. Kevin Dixon led Island Trees with 17 points and 18 rebounds. John McMahon led Mineola with 18 points.
Roslyn defeated Division 75-52. Jonah Tenner led Roslyn with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Ben Perez posted 16 points.
Chaminade defeated Kellenberg 61-39. Kyle Murphy led Chaminade with 14 points while Michael O’Connell recorded 10 points and five assists.
Port Washington defeated Valley Stream Central 63-51. Xavier Merriweather led Port Washington with 24 points. Tyler Stevenson-Moore and Jake Block scored 17 and 11 points respectively for Port Washington.
Calhoun defeated Great Neck South 65-37. Patrick Gardner led Calhoun with 17 points. Liam Blicher led Great Neck South with nine points.
Manhasset defeated Long Beach 77-31. Eddie DeMatteis led Manhasset with 16 points.