By Benito Vila
In every game there are moments that make the game for one team and break it for the other. Saturday’s county Class C and D championship contests were no different.
In the noon game, Greenport used a 14-2 second quarter run to get ahead of Bridgehampton and go on to earn their fifth consecutive Class D title with a 58-35 win.
In the 3 p.m. game, Stony Brook battled Southold evenly until falling behind by five at the end of the third quarter. Making up that deficit in the fourth, the Bears took the title on a three-pointer and a free throw in the final minute, winning the Class C crown 50-48 and ending the Settlers’ perfect season.
Next up in the county tournament is the Class B champion, either Center Moriches or Wyandanch, at noon on Sunday at Farmingdale State.
Put Backs & Bombs
After the Porters pulled out to leads of 7-2 and 10-4, the Killer Bees came back to close to within 11-8. With their defense denying Greenport, a miss, a steal and a traveling call kept the Bridgehampton offense from taking the lead.
After a Porter free throw, an Ainsley Wyche bucket made the score 12-10 Greenport with forty seconds to go. That was as close as the Killer Bees would get, a mental let down allowing a put-back basket with thirty seconds left, the Porters going up 14-10.
And then things turned against the Bridgehampton side, Greenport’s Jalen Shelby tossing in a pair of long threes to quickly make the score 20-10. The Killer Bee’s Evan Marzan took an in-bound pass from Wyche to close the gap to 20-12, but a pair of put-back baskets by Tremayne Hansen extended it again to 26-12.
A 7-0 Bridgehampton run closed the second quarter, Marzan, Wyche, Cesar Banados and Nate Hochstedler all tallying points. The half-time buzzer broke that spell, leaving the Killer Bees down seven, at 26-19.
Put-backs and bombs were the Killer Bees undoing again in the third, the Porters getting two second-shot buckets underneath and two more three-pointers from Shelby to push the score to 36-21 mid-way in the third. Greenport upped its lead to 20 early in the fourth and 26 late in the fourth, before Oscar Reyes hit the Killer Bees’ only three-pointer of the game in the last minute to make the final a 23-point differential.
In their last games wearing yellow and black, Wyche totaled fourteen, Marzan eleven, Banados four and Jamal Hires one. Reyes’ three and Hochstedler’s two closed out all the scoring for the Killer Bees.
Shelby’s twenty, eighteen coming from behind the arc, led the Porters. Teddy Stevens tossed in eleven and Hansen ten. All-County standout Dantre Langhorne had nine.
Pandolfi Does It
Stony Brook nearly upset Southold February 11, the Settlers protecting their home court and their perfect season, 51-50.
That home court advantage wasn’t there this time for the 18-0 Settlers in the Class C game, the Bears’ Tim Pandolfi coming through late to lead his team to the title. Scoring twelve of Stony Brook’s last thirteen points, Pandolfi’s unconventional fall-away three-point shot gave the Bears their first lead with 20 seconds left and his three free throws iced the game.
The game was still in question at 50-48 when the Settlers’ John Cepelak fired off a three-quarter court shot at the buzzer that nearly went in. That miss set off a celebration for the Bears, who joined the Lady Bears as county champs.