By Jacob Sisson
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers boy’s basketball team continues to search for its first win of the season after dropping a pair of games, including its first League VIII loss of the year, in Southold on Friday night and in Hampton Bays on Tuesday.
The Whalers did their best to contain Southold, coming within nine points of victory but eventually falling 43-34 in their first league defeat of 2010. Later in the week, the Whalers could do little to stop League VII’s Hampton Bays as the Baymen delivered a 73-32 defeat.
Against Southold, Pierson/Bridgehampton looked to be well matched against a team that had enjoyed mixed results in their non-league season. A win against League Five’s Rocky Point gave Southold a solid boost in the lead up to the game, and showed that they were going to be one of the teams the Whalers would have to beat if they hoped to score a League VIII championship.
The first quarter started promising enough for the Whalers, who managed to finish the first eight minutes tied 9-9 with the Settlers. They also managed to hold things close at the close of the first half, down just five points at the intermission with the score at 21-16.
Southold began to edge away in the third quarter, outscoring the Whalers 11-5, and despite a rediscovered fight, managed to close out the game 43-34 despite being outscored by the Whalers 13-11 in the game’s final eight minutes.
Senior Skyler Loesch led the Whalers on the score sheet for the first time this season, contributing 10 of the team’s 34 points. Fellow senior Tyler Gilbride was next on the list, adding seven points, while seniors Seamus Doyle and Jake Weingartner each had six points.
While the Whalers were able to keep things manageable against Southold, they could do little to contain the scoring trio of Hampton Bays’ Cameron Booth, Luke Mercurio and Justin Carbone, who combined for 51 of Hampton Bays’ 73 points.
After just one quarter, the Whalers were already in a 15-7 hole, and things weren’t getting much better. After being outscored 21-8 in the second quarter, the Whalers were in for a Hampton Bays outburst that saw 29 points go up in the Baymen’s favor. After three quarters the score was 65-26, and Hampton Bays could cruise to a 73-32 victory.
Despite it coming in a losing effort, Pierson/Bridgehampton’s senior leadership did their job in leading the team, with Tyler Gilbride knocking down nine points followed closely by Skyler Loesch who added eight and Seamus Doyle who chipped in another six points.
The Whalers will have some time to work on the lessons they learned against Southold and Hampton Bays as they don’t have another official game until January 7. Once the holiday break is over, Pierson/Bridgehampton will return to action against Greenport, who currently sit undefeated atop League VIII thanks to league wins against Bridgehampton and a four-win non-league season. From there, the schedule does not let up as the Whalers are back in action four days later against Stony Brook, who have yet to play their first League VIII match, but recorded a one-point victory in their first game of the season against League VII’s Babylon.