By Benito Vila
Last Tuesday saw the Bridgehampton Killer Bees and the Ross Ravens open their League VIII varsity boys’ basketball season with tough on-court lessons. The Bees rallied from an eight-point deficit to overtake the Pierson Whalers before ultimately losing in overtime, while the Ravens had league-favorite Greenport make off with a one-sided win.
Fortunes changed for both Monday, each team evening up their league marks at 1-1. The Bees outmaneuvered Mercy at home, 57-55, a Jamal Hires lay-up at the buzzer becoming the game-winner. The Ravens clawed their way past Smithtown Christian, Liam Chaskey’s 22 points leading the Ross attack.
Hugs in the Hive
Killer Bee coach Carl Johnson was able to get his players “to spread the ball around a lot” in creating scoring opportunities and building a 17-point third quarter lead. Using a zone press, the Monarchs made a game of it, the visitors gaining the lead late in the game.
But timely scoring by Pablo Londono (6 points), Cesar Banados (12 points), Jeremy Carsten (8 points) and Ainsley Wyche (22 points) kept the Killer Bees close. The Hires game-winner set off a celebration in the Hive that had Coach Johnson happy to see “everybody hugging everybody.”
After the holidays, the Bees host Greenport, Tuesday, January 6 at 4 p.m. and Smithtown Christian, Friday, January 9 at 4:30 p.m. The team’s first league road game is Monday, January 12 at 4 p.m. on Shelter Island.
Ross Rallies, Rolls
Sag Harbor’s Chaskey, the Ravens’ freshman guard, took charge late in Monday’s win, tossing in 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. In sparking that Ross run, Chaskey helped turn a tight four-point 38-34 lead at the end of the third quarter to a comfortable 11-point cushion at the final buzzer. Brandon Pettaway also fired in 15 for Ross with Taylor Wilson adding 11.
Ross opens 2009 on Shelter Island Tuesday, January 6, and travels to Pierson Thursday, January 8; both games tip off at 5:45 p.m. The Ravens are home for Stony Brook, Monday, January 12 at 6:15 p.m. and for Mercy, Wednesday, January 14, at 4 p.m.