As Connetquot’s high school basketball season comes to an end, there is much to look back on. They finished with a 4-12 conference record (5-15 overall) to place 6 in Section XI League II for boys basketball.

It wasn’t the success they were hoping for, but the Thunderbirds had an exciting and competitive season. One game in particular left a mark on Connetquot’s season proving to be a historic performance.

On Saturday, February 1, senior Peter Pinero scored 47 points against North Babylon. Not only was this his personal best, but it broke the Connetquot school history for points in a single game.

Everything was working for Pinero who scored from all over the floor. He displayed his elite three-point shooting, making 7 on the night. He also hit a bunch of mid-range shots and showed his ability to drive to the rim with ease.

Unfortunately, the Thunderbirds couldn’t secure the win, losing 76-70, but it was still an amazing night for Pinero who was able to make history on his home court.

“It meant everything to do it in front of all my friends, teammates, coaches, and family,” Pinero said about his 47-point performance.

This topped off an impressive season and career from Pinero who has been on the Varsity basketball team since his sophomore year. The season is officially over, which means he has played his last game as Thunderbird.

“We weren’t really a winning team, but it was still an amazing career. The coaches were amazing and I made a brotherhood with my teammates, “ said Pinero.

Connetquot will be losing key seniors like Pinero for their next season. It will be tough for them to handle, but it’ll make way for young players to shine on the court. As for Pinero, he looks to continue his basketball career in college.

“I’m hoping to play D-3 ball somewhere on Long Island,” Pinero said.

It would be great to see a Long Island hooper stick around and compete at the next level. Good luck to Peter in his future endeavors and go Thunderbirds!

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James Haupt is The Messenger Papers' weekly Sports Reporter and Staff Writer, covering everything from local little leagues to professional sports teams. James is also a full-time college student at Villanova University majoring in Journalism.