The third-seeded Hewlett Bulldogs boys basketball team’s season came to a close Tuesday night after being upset at home by No. 11 Valley Stream South, 60-49, in its Nassau County Class A quarterfinal matchup.
Avery Feldman starred for Hewlett in the loss, dominating in the paint and contributing a game-high 27 points. Weldon Irvine chipped in another 11 points to add to the Bulldogs final tally.
Dana King and Diego Maldonado led the way for Valley Stream South, tying for the the team lead in points with 16 points apiece.
Hewlett began the game strong behind Feldman, who scored 10 of the Bulldogs' 12 first-quarter points. The Bulldogs ended the tightly-contested first quarter with a 12-11 lead, which would end up being Hewlett’s final lead of the game.
Valley Stream South jumped out to a 14-12 lead early in the second quarter and would not fall behind again for the rest of the night. The Falcons showed off their range in the second quarter, draining three shots from beyond the three-point line on their way to a 27-23 lead at halftime.
South controlled much of the second half, increasing its lead to as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter. Hewlett made one last push late in the fourth quarter to come within six points of the Falcons, but ultimately fell short, losing by the final score of 60-49.
The Falcons will look to continue their playoff run next Wednesday when they take on Jericho at 5 p.m. at SUNY Old Westbury.
For Hewlett, the loss marks the end of a season in which the team went 12-3 overall, including a conference record of 10-1 and a first-round playoff victory over Wantagh.
“I thought we had a good year overall,” Hewlett head coach Bill Dubin said after the game. “It's one more year in the playoffs. It’s our eighth year in a row in the playoffs. Keep it up producing and we’ll be back.”