A season that began with a new coach and fresh start will forever be remembered as one of the great runs in Northport boys basketball history.
Andrew D'Eloia, a 1991 Northport graduate, came home to take over a program high on potential and delivered in a big way. The top-seeded Tigers ran down their first county title since 1995 with a 65-57 win over No. 3 Deer Park Tuesday in the Suffolk Class AA championship game.
Luke Petrasek, a 6-foot-9 low post presence, had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks, according to Newsday.
“Shout out to the fans tonight, best 6th man in the state! #IBelieve,” Petrasek wrote on Twitter. He is Northport's best big man since Brian Sisti graduated in 2003.
Northport (21-1) faces Suffolk Small Schools champ Amityville for the Section XI title Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Ward Melville. It’s a game for bragging rights.
Win or lose, the Tigers move on to the Long Island Class AA championship March 9 7:30 p.m. at Hofstra University.
Uniondale faces defending Nassau champ Baldwin for the Nassau title Saturday at Hofstra.
"Luke was phenomenal," D'Eloia, Northport's first-year coach, told Newsday’s Bob Herzog. "He will be a Division I college player next year. Some school will be very lucky to get him."
Northport won a Long Island Class A title in 1995 under Coach George Franck.