December 13, 2006

Dave Locascio Lights It Up For Whalers

It was actually a much closer game. Then Dave Locascio caught fire and the rest, well, the rest is history. Locascio, the senior shooting guard for the Pierson boys' basketball team, who has already established a reputation as one of the most dangerous long distance shooters in Suffolk County, set a school record by making six three-pointers in the fourth quarter of the Whalers 58-44 win at Comsewogue High School on December 4.

Locascio finished with a game-high 33 points, making nine three-pointers in Pierson's non-league debut of the 2006-07 season. He had 23 points in the fourth quarter, single-handedly outscoring the Warriors by nine points.

"Locascio just went nuts [in that fourth quarter]," said Whalers head coach Fred Marienfeld as he spoke about his guard's electric evening. "He hit a couple of threes early in the fourth quarter and then he made a 25-footer with a guy in his face and gets fouled. Then he makes the free-throw for a four-point play. And then, on our next two possessions, Dave makes back-to-back threes from long distance. It was unbelievable."

Locascio scored all 10 of Pierson's points in the Whalers 10-0 fourth quarter run, a quarter that saw them outscore Comsewogue 27-14. Incredibly, all 10 points were scored in a span of 53 seconds. "Locascio's the type of kid that can do some damage when he gets hot," Marienfeld said. "It was great to watch."

Sophomore Dan DePetris also had a strong game in the first varsity appearance of his career, netting nine points while senior Luke Robinson added eight points, slashing his way to the Warriors' basket on several occasions during the game.

"We got a lot of good looks, but we didn't finish [in the first half]," said Marienfeld. "It was really a lot closer than I wanted it to be. But we're on the road with a young team and we did some good things. We've got a lot of work to do on our rebounding, but I was pleased with our offense. We more than doubled our first half output [19 points] in the second half. We woke up. It's a kickoff to a new season. We have a new, young team stepping up. We're going to go after everybody. We won't be intimidated. We'll make teams work for what they get."

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