Wildcats edge Rams for boys' league crown
By John Bernhardt
A boys’ basketball contest between South Kortright and Hunter -Tannersville is great sport theater; pulsating drama with intriguing characters, plots and subplots, and rising action that peaks at a climatic high point with just seconds to play in the game. That was the case Friday night when H-T out dueled SK, 52-50, to take home the Delaware League crown.
With his name in bright lights on the SUNY Delhi Arena marquee, H-T’s Laszlo Hajnoczi lived up to his billing as a local high-school basketball star. Hajnoczi entertained and amazed a packed Floyd L. Maines arena crowd creating a script that included acrobatic, explosive moves to the basket, sinewy and slithering twists and turns, and the length that allowed the Wildcats’ center to lift his six-foot, three-inch frame around and over Rams’ defenders all night long.
With tension boiling, only seconds to play, and SK desperately defending a 50-49 advantage, it seemed almost fitting that Hajnoczi would close the show with a crescendo, an electrifying burst that split two Rams’ defenders and ended with Hajnoczi scooping under and then somehow exploding over Rams’ defensive reinforcements. To add to the spectacle, the H-T senior was fouled as his winning shot left his hand.
Hajnoczi would miss the foul shot but hit one-of-two with only 6.7 seconds to play. When his second shot was off the mark, Reno Romito used a spinning maneuver to work his body around much taller SK inside rebounders to grab an offensive board. Remito was fouled and missed the front end of a one-on-one, but the nearly two seconds his rebounding heroics shaved off the clock were critical.
Stars were shining