Boys Varsity Basketball Wraps up a Successful Season

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Acki Kitay, Staff Writer

The boys varsity basketball season kicked off on Dec. 6, when the team took on Great Neck South.  The roster of fourteen players spanned three grades: – seniors Alex Argyros, Michael Bischoff, Max Garmisa, Hudson Greenberg, Christian Kitsantas, Ben Krefetz, Christian Rafferty, and Nicholas Sonnenklar, juniors Sean Ernst, Sam Rothenberg, Troy Stephenson, and Cam Welker, along with sophomores Trevor Amalfitano and Jake Siciliano.  

The Vikings started the season with a blowout win, defeating Great Neck by over twenty points.  They suffered a tough loss to Southside, but bounced back and went on a hot streak, winning six out of their next eight to improve their record to 7-3.  

In an overtime thriller against St. John’s prep, Ben Krefetz hit a massive three pointer with less than a minute to play, securing the win and finishing with an impressive sixteen points.  Sophomore Trevor Amalfitano also had a great game, scoring 22 points.  Syosset had an edge on the team throughout the season, winning both of their matchups.  After an unfortunate loss against Hempstead, the Vikings knew that they had to go on a run if they wanted to make the AA playoffs.  With this at stake, the boys delivered, taking down Massapequa in a game for the ages.  Trevor Amalfitano dropped a career high 38 points, and sent Massapequa home with a dagger three pointer to give Port the win. 

“I did this, I knew I’d rise to the occasion,” said Amalfitano when asked about his game winning shot. 

 Moving forward, it seemed like Port had hit an all-time high in their team chemistry.  Their momentum carried over to the next game, which helped them to a massive victory over Oceanside.  After Port started off hot with a 20-6 lead in the first quarter, Oceanside responded, but it was too little too late.  They proceeded to shut down Freeport and hold them to just 35 points in an 18-point blowout win.  Christian Kitsantas and Amalfitano put up double digits to lead the team. 

Another tough loss to Hempstead threatened the team’s chemistry, but the group refused to let it impact them.  With high confidence, the team blew out Uniondale the following game by a margin of 27 points, their largest win all season.  The seniors took over, with Kitsantas, Krefetz, and Max Garmisa all reaching double figures. 

“We trusted each other and understood each other’s strengths, which helped us build chemistry on and off the court,” said Rafferty. 

This was a huge win for Port, as it secured them a spot in the playoffs as the fifth seed, where they would take on Hempstead, the fourth seed.  Despite the outcome of their first two matchups, the boys played with something to prove, putting up a whopping 75 points in a huge overtime win.  Krefetz stepped up when the team needed him, amassing 23 points. 

Unfortunately, the Vikings playoff run would come up short against the one seeded Baldwin.  The first half was absolutely brutal for Port, as they trailed 33-7 at halftime.  In the second half they gained some momentum, but Baldwin’s lead was too much to overcome.  Baldwin went on to win AA playoffs, and was undefeated in the regular season as well.  

Although it was a tough way to go out for the seniors, their Schreiber basketball career still ended on a high note, as Sonneklar, Kitsantas, and Krefetz received All-Conference awards.  Amalfitano was also named an All-County player.

“This team meant so much to me throughout high school,” said Krefetz.  “I’m so grateful for the teammates and coaches that made the last few seasons so great.”