By Gavin Menu
The Bridgehampton boys basketball team moved one step closer to the New York State Final Four with a 71-55 win over John A. Coleman Catholic High School in a Class D Southeast regional semifinal at Center Moriches High School on Wednesday.
Jason Hopson scored 24 points, Josh Lamison had 18 and Anaje Lamb had a breakout game, scoring 16 points to help lead the Killer Bees to the regional final where they will play Section I champion Martin Luther King Jr. from Hastings-on-Hudson, tomorrow, March 8 at New Rochelle High School at 4:30 p.m.
The winner there will advance to the state Class D Final Four in Glens Falls, New York, where so many great Bridgehampton teams have triumphed in the past.
“I can taste it a little bit now,” said Bridgehampton coach Carl Johnson, who last led the Killer Bees to a state title in 1998, his third as head coach.
On Wednesday, Bridgehampton built a 15-point lead halfway through the second quarter but Coleman’s aggressive man-to-man defense pulled the Statesman from Kingston, New York back within 11 at halftime.
Coleman outscored Bridgehampton by six in the third quarter and trailed by just six points when star player Mike Ryan fouled out with 4:17 remaining in the game. From there, the Killer Bees went on a 13-1 run to put the game out of reach and moved one step closer to their ultimate goal of winning a state title.
“Martin Luther King is very athletic and it’s going to be another hurdle for us,” said Johnson, who scouted Martin Luther King late last week and said he believed the winner from Wednesday’s game at Center Moriches would have an advantage on Friday.