By Benito Vila
The Pierson gym was frenetic Friday night, the bleachers filled to near capacity with nearly half the crowd donning the yellow and black of the visiting Bridgehampton Killer Bees.
In the end, the gym became a neighborly gab-fest, fans on both sides staying on and catching up after the Killer Bees won 67-48. Bridgehampton’s Canaan Campbell led all scorers with 24 points, his teammate Cesar Banados sinking in 20. Skyler Loesch led the Whalers with 13 points, Tyler Gilbride and Luke Kirrane adding 10 apiece.
The difference in the game was Bridgehampton’s outside shooting. With Campbell and Banados both able to shoot accurately from the beyond the arc, it seemed that each time the Whalers tallied two, the visitors would put up three.
That sharp shooting came into play in the third quarter when the Whalers turned a 16-point halftime deficit to a six-point one, the score 42-36 Bridgehampton with a minute remaining. A missed lay-up by Pierson left the Killer Bees with ball, and a foul and a pair of free throws by Jamal Hires, stopped a 16-3 Whaler run.
The fourth quarter opened with Pierson’s Seamus Doyle scoring underneath to make the margin six again at 44-38 but then the Killer Bees went on a 6-0 run to put the game away. The run was started by a banked two-point shot by Campbell and two lay-ups by Banados, who went to his left-hand twice after drawing the defense to his right.
That 6-0 Bridgehampton run was part of a longer 14-5 spurt and a 23-10 sequence that closed the game. Banados and Campbell both hit threes in the last four minutes to make sure their was no question about the outcome.
Afterwards Campbell, who attended Pierson through seventh grade said, “Going against my old school was great. I found out Pierson put in new rims from friends on Facebook and I wanted to break them in right.” Citing the difference in the game, Campbell was modest, describing his team’s ability to switch up their defense and upset the Whalers’ timing as being the key to the win.