Undefeated season for junior varsity basketball team

BBP JV dominates for 2021-2022 season

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The Bayport Blue Point Boys’ Junior Varsity basketball team had a stellar season with a 17-0 record.

The 2021-2022 team consisted of twenty-one players, normally there are twelve to fifteen, as many younger players (i.e. freshmen) showed potential at the start of the season.

Coach Richard Campisi said, “They all work hard together. We all improve and it’s not about individual playing time.”

In one of the biggest wins, the JV beat the intimidating Wyandanch team by six after an eight point lead by Wyandanch going into the second half.
“There were a lot of players on Wyandanch’s front line who were taller. Over 6’4”, but we kept going and stay determined,” said Campisi.

Much of the success of the JV team, according to Campisi, is varsity coach, Charles Peck who runs year-round basketball training and open gyms for athletes to cultivate their skills in the off-season.

Campisi, who has over 25 years of coaching experience said this year’s JV team really distinguished itself as “the most selfless team I’ve ever coached.”

The players all “shared the ball” and did not give into the vanity of individual statistics creating a cohesive and intuitive team that was able to claim an undefeated season.

The strong start did make for some additional effort as Campisi said being so dominant, “put a target on our backs” for the second half of the season.

Mount Sinai, another rival of BBP, had a seemingly impenetrable defense this year, but the JV “stepped up to the challenge,” according to Campisi.

Among the standout players was Dylan Craig who Campisi referred to as, the top freshman in the whole league” and made 29 points against Wyandanch.

In additions, the five starting sophomores each brought their unique strengths to balance out a strong team:

  • Nicol Alessio, best rebounder
  • Brady Hoek, leading scorer and top shooter
  • Mike Luce, key defensive player
  • Brady Smith, to play maker who made impressive shots up against four other players from the opposing team
  • Brendan Waters, a do-it-all, heart and soul player who never gave up

Campisi also said that the support from the players families and the community were integral to their outstanding season and that the BBP athletic department, headed by Tim Mullins was “always there for get what we needed to be successful.”

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