Hofstra Recruit Is Steady Influence For Team

Reporter Mike Sullivan discusses the individual game of Paul Bilbo, a steady influence for the Bayhawks of St. Dominic's basketball program so far this season ...

Tonight, against Holy Trinity High School, St. Dominic High School big man Paul Bilbo, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound center/power forward from St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, New York, has another opportunity to show why he can help the Hofstra program starting next season.

Bilbo, who committed several months ago to Tom Pecora's basketball team, has been a steady influence for Rob Pavinelli's Bayhawks team throughout the year. And it appears St. Dominic is playing some of its best basketball now as the CHSAA playoffs approach.

The Bayhawks have two games remaining in the regular season, including the battle against Holy Trinity in Oyster Bay.

WHAT TO WATCH:

How does Holy Trinity keep Bilbo off the glass. The wide frame Bilbo has along with his lefty approach to the game near the rim has helped St. Dominic win some games recently.

PREVIOUS CASE HISTORY:

Bilbo was noticeably effective in helping his team claim a victory against Cardozo High School in the annual Tom Crotty memorial event held at Adelphi University a few weeks ago.

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.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION: Bilbo is a good sized inside player who has a soft touch from medium range. The lefty uses his big body near the basket creating space for the other players near the rim. Bilbo has a knack of getting to loose balls and scoring on putbacks.


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