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Susan Wagner boys' basketball team rallies to win PSAL A playoff game

By Matthew Angell | MAngell@siadvance.com 
on March 02, 2018

It's comeback week for Susan Wagner basketball.

Just two days after the girls' squad's comeback playoff victory over Grand Street Campus, the hosting No. 4-seeded boys' team downed No. 36 Fort Hamilton, 63-60, Friday after trailing for the entire second, third and most of the fourth quarter in the first round of the PSAL A playoffs.

"This was a great win," said senior guard Nicholas Taylor who led the Falcons with 22 points. "We were down throughout the whole game basically and we knew it wasn't over until the buzzer and we knew we could come out with a win."

SW is set to host No. 13 Telecommunications in the second round Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

"We'll be ready," said coach Joseph Coscia. "I've seen Telecom they're very good team, well coached, it should be another great game."

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Taylor could've received the honor for his scoring alone, but it was his fourth quarter heroics that makes him the obvious choice.

He scored 10 points in the fourth, including a three-pointer to tie the game at 54-54 with four minutes left and a layup to take the lead 58-56 with two minutes left.

"I wasn't letting this be our last game," said Taylor. "I made sure we came out with a win and we advanced to play Telecom."

TURNING POINT

After ending the first quarter tied at 14-14, Fort Hamilton outscored the Falcons, 17-9, to take a 31-23 halftime lead and maintained a 45-37 lead at the conclusion of the third quarter.

But prior to Taylor's run in the fourth, SW caught some momentum in the beginning of the quarter as they went on a 9-2 run. 

"This has been one of the most enjoyable teams to coach," said Coscia. "Not because of their talent, but because of the men they are, they all have great character. It's really a team, it's enjoyable to coach, it's easy to coach guys who want to be here."

After Taylor's run, Bleron Lata, who finished the game with 14 points, knocked down two free throws to seal the win.

OTHER NOTABLES

Jonathan Badmus scored 12 points including a sensational dunk, Kai Mercado scored eight points and Matthew Basulto contributed with seven points.

Nicholas Tarallo led Fort Hamilton with 28 points.

"You have to give Fort Hamilton credit," said Coscia. "They played us really tough and their big [Tarallo] he had 28 points and he didn't miss."



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