St. Dom's Big Man Proves Worth Beyond Points

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses the individual game of St. Dominic big man Paul Bilbo and how his value goes beyond anything you can find in a boxscore ...

Paul Bilbo, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound center/power forward from St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, New York, has shown that his value as a player to the Bayhawks goes beyond points.

Case in point: Yesterdays's game against Cardozo High School in the annual Tom Crotty memorial event held at Adelphi University.

Bilbo's presence inside made life very difficult for Cardozo's big men Ryan Rhoomes and Dwayne Bronson. St. Dominic took a comfortable lead when Bilbo was in.

Foul trouble forced St. Dominic head coach Rob Pavinelli to keep Bilbo on the bench. It led to a big Cardozo run, making this a ballgame late in the second half.

In addition, Bilbo was a go to guy on inbound passes against the press. He did a nice job catching the passes from his guard and making the secondary pass to alleviate the pressure.

While Bilbo only scored nine points, his big body was a key in helping Pavinelli's highly regarded program land a 57-44 victory.

Paul has committed to Hofstra. And Tom Pecora, the head coach of Hofstra, was on hand to watch Bilbo's performance.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Bilbo is a good sized inside player who has a soft touch from medium range. The lefty had made some improvements in his individual game over the summer playing for Gary Charles' New York Panthers' program.

While the playing time wasn't as extensive as it would be playing for his high school due to the high quality of talent on the Panthers' roster, Pavinelli was very happy with Bilbo's experience.

His big body near the basket creates space for the other players around the basket. Bilbo has a knack of getting to loose balls and scoring on putbacks.

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