In their search for a Long Island Class C Championship, the Pierson Whalers boys varsity basketball team came within just one game. Faced with the tough interior game and up-tempo style of play of the East Rockaway Rocks, Pierson fell in a landslide, 63-25, loss.
This game, played on the night of Tuesday, March 6 at the campus of SUNY Farmingdale, pitted the Whalers, the Suffolk County Class C Champions, with their Nassau County equivalents, the East Rockaway Rocks. With a win, either team would have the honor of hanging a Long Island Championship patch in their gym and also move on to the next round of New York State Class C playoffs.
Pierson began the game competitively going shot for shot with East Rockaway in the first quarter. Up 10-8 in the middle of the first quarter, the Whalers’ intensity wavered and they began to fall behind.
In the second half the Rocks were all over the Whalers, forcing turnovers and marching the ball to Pierson’s basket. A 24-0 run in the first half by the Rocks took the wind out of the Whalers’ sails early. By the end of the half Pierson was down 38-18.
The Rocks didn’t let up in the second half, closing down the Whalers half court offense, while simultaneously running up the score on the outclassed Whalers. The Whalers only scored 5 points in the second half.
The Whalers were never able to find their shot in the game, only shooting 29.6 percent from the field.
Starting shooting guard Joe Butts led the Whalers in scoring with 10 points; he went 3-3 from the three-point arc. Forrest Loesch finished with 4 points, Sam Miller had 3 points, Jackson Marienfeld had 3 points, Jake Bennett had 3 points, Pat Sloane had 2 points, and Kurt Ryder had 2 points.