By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller
Watch out, League VIII. The Bridgies are on a roll.
Josh Lamison scored 18 points to go with 15 rebounds and the Bridgehampton boys basketball team made its first big statement of the year with a 54-50 road win at Greenport on Friday.
The Killer Bees returned home on Tuesday and dismantled the visiting Knox School, 72-34, to push their league record to 3-4. A showdown against rival Pierson is set for this Saturday at 2 p.m. in Sag Harbor.
Against Knox, sophomore guard Tylik Furman exploded for 30 points while Lamison chipped in with another double-double, scoring 19 points to go with 12 rebounds. Furman missed the early part of this season with a knee injury, but since his return, the Killer Bees have been a better team. The two wins this week, coupled with an earlier victory over Shelter Island, pushed the team’s win streak to three games.
But it was Friday’s win over Greenport that held the most importance, especially since the Porters are a fellow Class D school and a potential playoff opponent in the future. Bridgehampton won Suffolk County and Regional titles last year, but that was with Greenport competing as a Class C school.
The Killer Bees trailed the Porters by 13 points in the second half, but steadily chipped away at the lead. Lamison hit six free throws in the final two minutes, including two that broke a 50-50 tie and gave Bridgehampton the lead for good.
Freshman Elijah Jackson had 13 points in the game and Furman finished 1tih 11. Senior Jerome Walker, who returned to the line-up against Greenport after missing two games with the flu, scored three points while helping boost the team defense.
Before Saturday’s game against Pierson, the Killer Bees will host another Class D rival in the Ross School today, January 16, at 6 p.m. Bridgehampton will face Stony Brook at home on Wednesday, January 22, also at 6 p.m.