By Benito Vila
As March Madness approaches for college basketball, there is still plenty of local high school basketball to follow until those seedings are assigned.
Unfortunately neither Pierson nor Bridgehampton are still playing in the Suffolk County tournament, last week seeing the Whalers fall to Port Jefferson in the Class C semi-final and the Killer Bees come undone against undefeated Greenport in the Class D final.
But the 18-2 East Hampton Bonackers play again Monday at 7 p.m., meeting 16-5 Huntington in the Class A finals at Farmingdale State. The Bonackers used a 21-10 fourth-quarter run Tuesday to pull away from Amityville 65-57 in the semi-final game played in front of a packed house at home; Huntington held off a furious charge from Elwood-John Glenn to win 57-54 and advance to the final.
Port Jefferson and Greenport meet today at 4 p.m. at Longwood High School in the county’s small schools bracket. When the court clears after that game, Center Moriches will meet Babylon in the Class B final. The winners of today’s games play Monday at Farmingdale at 5 p.m., the lead-in to the county’s Class A final.
Bees Look Ahead
Bridgehampton basketball coach Carl Johnson gave credit to the Porters in their 87-36 win Friday. “We missed some opportunities, fell behind early and they had too much firepower.” Ainsley Wyche led the Bees with 21 points, Cesar Banados adding in 10.
Coach Johnson says he has “a nice core group of guys coming back” and is looking forward to some additions from the middle school. He is planning on spring and summer leagues and a team camp to bring together next year’s unit and “give a hard and serious run at the state tournament.”
In getting by Bridgehampton, Greenport moves into the state’s regional tournament, hosting the Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties’ Class D champ at Longwood on March 14. A win there takes the Porters to the state finals in Glens Falls March 20-22.
Class C Port Jefferson must win twice to advance to Glens Falls. The Royals are set to meet Oyster Bay March 10 in the Long Island regional with the winner facing the Westchester or Orange county champs at SUNY Old Westbury March 14.