Blair won its first game since the War on the Shore on Wednesday night, and the Bucs were forced to do so without one of their top guns.
Charlie Villanueva, the multitalented 6-9 power/combo forward who committed to Illinois last month, sat out the game thanks to a bout with mono.
"He's actually had a mild case of mono since the War on the Shore," explained Blair Head Coach Joe Mantegna. "One of the things with mono is that it causes your spleen to be enlarged, and we didn't want to risk a serious injury with Charlie by playing him."
Mantegna told Rivalshoops.com that he expects Villanueva to be back for the Bucs' game on Dec. 11 against The Hun School. That means Charlie will probably miss Blair's next game on Saturday, Dec. 7 against Trinity Pawling, which features his Long Island Panther running mate Dante Milligan (Pittsburgh).
The Buccaneers shook off a sluggish second quarter sans Villanueva and pulled away from West Nottingham for a 70-56 victory.
Rivalshoops.com plans on catching Blair in action again later this month at the New York City Boys Club Tournament, and you can expect us to fill you in on all of the action and Villanueva's recovery/play, so stay tuned.