Allan Zilnicki's game-high 21 points wasn't enough to lift a flu-depleted Mercy squad to victory over Stony Brook yesterday. Photo: George Faella

Stony Brook School defeated McGann-Mercy 51-43 at McGann-Mercy HS.

The Mercy boys squad was down to just six players. The flu had ravaged the remainder of the bench and they were facing a good Stony Brook team.

Mercy played a little harder than normal and put together a good game, considering that the boys were gassed by the third quarter. They played a tight defense, forcing Stony Brook to the three-point perimeter.

The Monarchs erased several sizable deficits and always kept the game close. They were down 25-18 at the half but were running on fumes going into the second half. They managed to come within four points in the fourth quarter but Stony Brook held on for a 51-43 win.

Allan Zilnicki led Mercy with 21 points, John Venesina had 13 points, Aidan Martin had 5 points, and Chris Atkinson had 4 points. Mercy is 1-6 in conference and 7-9 overall.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by George Faella

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George is a freelance photographer who covers sports for SoutholdLOCAL and RiverheadLOCAL. He lives in Riverhead.Email George