Weekly Sports Update - November 26-30, 2017

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Girls Basketball Team Celebrates a Home Win 

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Connetquot High School varsity girls basketball team defeated West Islip High School after an exhilarating overtime win to commemorate the team’s first game at home. 

To break a close score, Connetquot’s Emma Buccini calmly stepped to the foul line to sink two free throws, giving the T-Birds a 35-34 lead with 1:20 left in the game. Despite a strong press forward by West Islip, Connetquot kept their poise, and with 8.7 seconds left in regulation time, Connetquot’s own Victoria O’Toole scored to tie the score at 37, sending the game into overtime. 
After exchanging baskets, and the lead, West Islip fouled Connetquot’s talented guard Alexis Brown with less than five seconds left in overtime. With the score tied at 43, Alexis calmly scored both free throws, giving Connetquot a two-point lead and, ultimately, the win.

With this win under their belt, Connetquot evens their record at 1-1.



CHS Hosts First Annual Butch Dellecave Basketball Tournament

Connetquot High School boys basketball coach Tim Trava and his T-Birds hosted the First Annual Butch Dellecave Basketball Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 30, inviting William Floyd, Bayport-Blue Point and Sachem North high schools for some fun and friendly competition.

The tournament is named in honor of Gaetano “Butch” Dellecave, a beloved Connetquot teacher, coach, guidance counselor and friend who passed away in 2000. 

William Floyd was matched against Bayport-Blue Point in the 4 p.m. opening match, while Connetquot played Sachem North afterward at 6:45 p.m. Sachem North outscored Connetquot 65-57, and will meet BBP on Saturday, Dec. 2 for the championship match, while the T-Birds will play William Floyd for the third- and fourth-place titles.

Connetquot was down four points at the half and kept it close down to the wire. However, Sachem’s Flaming Arrows enhanced their lead in the fourth quarter, which eliminated the T-Birds’ hope for winning the opening game of the season. Connetquot guard Seth Goumba led the T-Birds by scoring 20 points, while senior forward Taylor Stepanek chipped in with 14 of his own.   

Butch Dellecave was a major influence for thousands of Connetquot students for over 30 years. As a talented high school student-athlete in New York City, Mr. Dellecave was an All-City guard at St. John’s Prep who went on to star at St. John’s University, playing for legendary coach Joe Lapchik. He would later become one of the top-rated basketball and lacrosse officials in New York State and the organizer of numerous youth leagues. Mr. Dellecave is the founder of the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame, which honors the careers and accomplishments of more than 250 Suffolk County sports figures.

While Mr. Dellecave’s list of accomplishments as an educator and in the field of sports could go on, it was his generosity, sense of humor and perpetual smile that are forever remembered, and missed, by all who knew him.