Basketball Playoff Update: Bees Advance, Whalers Fall Short

Posted on 15 February 2013

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By Gavin Menu; Photography by Michael Heller

The fate of two championships swung in the balance in the third quarter of both the Suffolk County Class C and Class D boys basketball finals Thursday evening at Westhampton Beach High School. And in the end, only one local team took home a trophy.

The Bridgehampton Killer Bees, who trailed Shelter Island by three at halftime and were tied, 30-30, late in the third quarter, took a 17-0 run deep into the fourth and easily downed the upstart Indians, 53-40 to win their second consecutive Class D crown.

Freshman Josh Lamison was a beast on the boards and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead Bridgehampton. Tylik Furman, the team’s other freshman starter, scored 15 points, seven of which came in the decisive fourth quarter.

“In the second half, Josh Lamison was the key,” Bridgehampton head coach Carl Johnson said. “And once one guy gets going, it’s contagious.”

Bridgehampton advanced to the state regional semifinals to play the winner from Rockland County (Section IX) on March 5 at a site to be announced later.

Pierson was not so lucky in the Class C final, which tipped off an hour later on the same floor. The Whalers stayed with top-seeded Stony Brook through halftime, trailing by only four, but were blown out in the second half and lost, 57-27.

Stony Brook advanced to the Long Island Championship on March 5 and will also play Bridgehampton in the Suffolk C-D game this Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Patchogue-Medford.

It was the best form of revenge for the Bears, who watched Pierson celebrate a year ago after Forrest Loesch’s buzzer beater sent the Whalers home with their first county title in 18 years.

“We were thinking about this game since the summer,” Stony Brook head coach Mike Hickey said. “Pierson is a terrific team. Normally when you play someone in the playoffs, I would go and scout the team. We didn’t have to do that with them. We know them very well so it just came down to execution.”

Pierson scored just 5 points in the second half, its lowest total of the season. Loesch, a junior, led Pierson with 16 points and senior Jake Bennett, playing in the final game of an outstanding season, scored seven points and fouled out with 4:27 remaining.




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9 Responses to “Basketball Playoff Update: Bees Advance, Whalers Fall Short”

  1. Whaler says:

    Congrats to the Bears. A worthy team. Until next year…

  2. Whaleho says:

    if you trade coaches Bridgehampton wins about 5 games this year and Pierson goes to state tournament-great job Carl- your win against us using only 5 players says it all

  3. John Barrett says:

    The last comment was absolutely ridiculous. Coach White came into a Pierson varsity basketball program in disarray. His team won the Class C championship its first year and went to the finals this year. Key players were not fully 100% due to injuries and yet he gave us a great season. But, to be fair and balanced (apologies to Rupert Murdoch), White should have used his bench more the entire season but choose to go with his core players. When you play “favorites,” you shoot yourself in the foot in two ways: One, you deprive players of the experience they need when seniors exit; Two, tenacious defense against taller and faster teams like Stony Brook breaks down because you don’t rotate your bench into the game. Coach White is young and will learn to use his bench more in time. If not, the program, though improved, will stay at its current level.

  4. Whaleho says:

    “absolutely ridiculous” -I think not- Carl will have a 5 man team against Stony Brook and I guarantee they will not be held to 5 points in either half. White looked like a deer in the headlights.Carl does a lot with a little- White did a little with a lot. Also, White did not win anything his first year. This is his third year. Also let’s not get too crazy about last year’s Class C Suffolk County championship,there were only five Class C teams in Suffolk County last year and six class C teams this year. After that we were embarrassed against a mediocre East Rockaway team who one the Nassau Class C championship as one of only 2 Class C teams in Nassau. East Rockaway went on to lose their next game by 20 plus points.

  5. Whalers fan says:

    White is 6-1 against Bridgehampton in his career. Bridgehampton had the player of the year for league 8 the past two years. So Whale ho is simply a Carl fan which I am as well, but it is simply unfair to White who has done well. Also there were three teams in playoffs last year PJ Pierson SB and three this year so why is Pierson’s title not valid last year? This is more of a slap in the face to the kids than white. With regard to the 5 points in a half if you were at the game you would have saw Pierson miss at least 10 shots around the rim in the second half. Dan White cannot put the ball in the hoop for the kids. If you were at the game and saw his players miss the shots and still made these comments then it is clear you have a grudge against him.

  6. Whaler says:

    Couldn’t have put it better myself Whalers Fan. White knows his stuff. Any true basketball fan will recognize that immediately.

  7. pete says:

    looks like whaleho was right John Barret and Whaler what do you say?

    Suffolk Class CD Championship: Bridgehampton 54, Stony Brook 42

    February 20, 2013 7:00 PM

    Bridgehampton defeated Stony Brook, 54-42, to win the Suffolk Class CD boys basketball championship Wednesday at Patchogue-Medford.

  8. SmithT says:

    Hahaha Pete your really gullible

  9. SmithT says:

    Were you at the game? Stony Brook didn’t start their best player…players who haven’t played all year saw a lot of minutes. As a Bridgehampton fan who was there…I’d have to say your underestimating stony brook.

    C/D Champions

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