By Sean Lynch
WARWICK — Once Zac Goldstein shot the ball, the best that Chester could do was pray that it wouldn’t go in.
Goldstein — a 6-foot-4 guard/forward — scored a career-high 34 points, and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 72-56 non-league win over Chester Monday evening.
His height aids him in a shot release where not many people are able to block it. Most centers are too slow to guard him, and most forwards are too small to affect his jumpshot.
“When he gets going, he’s lights-out,” said Warwick head coach Joe Mackey. “He has a high release on his jumpshot which makes it just about impossible to block.”
“Zac’s the guy where if I look at the scoresheet after the game and he has 21 points, I’m disappointed. He’s the only person I’m actually angry at because of how well he can shoot for his size.”
Unlike in the Wildcats previous games, Goldstein played inside-out tonight. By definition, an inside-out player is someone who gets their points in the paint and gradually works their way out for perimeter jumpshots.
“My jumpshot wasn’t falling early in the game,” said Goldstein. “I was able to score some points in the paint and it set up for some open jumpshots in the second half.”
He finished the game a 15-of-23 from the field.
Warwick started off the game hot, scoring 24 points and making 11 shots in the opening quarter. They out-scored Chester (1-3) 19-11 in the second quarter to take a 43-27 lead at halftime.
Another Wildcat double-double came from Warwick senior center Jonah Bevacqua, who had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Bevacqua wants to have fun every time he plays, and knows if he’s having a good time on the court, he’s probably playing better. “I just want to go out and have fun every game,” he said. “As a team, we have to bring lots of intensity, but still have fun. You have to balance out having fun and being serious, and if you can do those things then that’s the recipe for a successful game.”
It was the first game for Warwick (2-3) where they had a comfortable lead for the majority of the game. “When we beat Minisink Valley in our first game of the season, I thought we controlled the pace throughout,” added Mackey. “We’ve had good quarters and good halves, but tonight was the first time this season we played a complete game.
“We’ve got great ball-handlers, and great scorers, so if we’re able to hold onto the ball and make shots consistently, we’ve got a pretty good chance at winning those games.”