By Benito Vila
When the final buzzer sounded Friday there was a tremendous amount of relief on the Bridgehampton side, the 85-52 score giving the Killer Bees a seventh win and setting up a Class D title game re-match with Greenport. That season-defining game is set for Saturday, February 20 at noon at Longwood High School.
The Porters have won the last four county championships, all-time Long Island boys’ scoring record holder Ryan Creighton taking Greenport to the state tournament each time. With Creighton off playing college ball at Franklin Pierce in New Hampshire, the Killer Bees are poised to break through against the Porters.
The two teams have met twice this year, Greenport winning both, 72-42 in Bridgehampton in December and 54-47 just two weeks ago. The most recent match-up saw the Killer Bees close to within a bucket before a missed shot and a put-back basket pushed the Porters ahead for good.
In December, Bridgehampton coach Carl Johnson described his team’s ability to compete with Greenport to be the key to how people remember the season, saying, “We win that last one there and everyone will come home happy.”
The King Bees
In nailing down the berth in the title game Friday, Bridgehampton’s Ainsley Wyche, Canaan Campbell and Cesar Banados tossed in a collective 61 points. Wyche led the way with 34, Campbell adding 14 and Banados 13.
As those point totals suggest, those wearing yellow and black had plenty to cheer as the game got underway. The home crowd saw the Killer Bees break out slowly to hold a slim 16-11 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter the Bridgehampton boys turned on their game, going on a 30-9 run in the second quarter to finish the half up 46-20. That trend continued in the third, the Killer Bees cruising the rest of the way and, in celebrating their playoff berth, forgetting they started 0-2.
The week was not without its challenges for the Bridgehampton team, a trip to Stony Brook Monday ending in a long ride home, the Bears running their mark to 11-2 by defending their home court 66-25. The Killer Bees’ scoring trio mustered just 18 on Monday, Wyche coming away with ten, Banados five and Campbell three.
If the weather permits, the 7-6 Killer Bees are due to close out their regular season today, the 2-11 Pierson Whalers expected in for a 5 p.m. tip-off.