Smithtown West takes it to round three

Smithtown West takes it to round three

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Matt English makes his way to the rim in a previous game against Riverhead. File photo by Desirée Keegan

After topping No. 13-seeded North Baylon, 70-57, in the first round of the Suffolk County Class AA playoffs, the No. 4-seeded Smithtown West boys’ basketball team edged ahead of No. 12 Commack, 49-45, to advance to the Large School Champion semifinals on Sunday.

In the game against Commack on Tuesday, senior Matt English led the way with 19 points, followed by senior Doug Levy with 10. Senior Nick Grande tacked on seven points in the win, and juniors Jake Torres and Kyle LaGuardia rounded out the scoring with six points apiece, while junior Greg Giordano added a free-throw point.

The Bulls will take on No. 1 Brentwood at Stony Brook University on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $6. If Smithtown West wins, the team will take on the Small School Champion next Friday, Feb. 26, at Stony Brook University, for the Section XI crown. Tipoff for that game is tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m.