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Boys Fall to Bears and Porters

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By Jacob Sisson

The Pierson Whalers (0-5, 0-3) showed steady signs of improvement against a Stony Brook team (3-1, 2-0) that entered their Tuesday night matchup tied for second place in Suffolk County’s league VIII standings. Pierson got off to a solid start, leading 12-11 after the first eight minutes of play. Two big halves from the Bears saw the Whalers outscored 16-6 in the second and 22-15 in the third. Despite a 14-10 fight back in the fourth quarter, the Whalers fell to their third straight league VIII defeat, 59-47. The bright spot in the game for the home team was the play of senior forward Skyler Loesch, who scored 25 points. Fellow senior Tyler Gilbride hit two three-pointers to finish his night with nine points.

Pierson faced their toughest league VIII foe last Friday evening as they traveled to Greenport to face the undefeated, league leading Porters (6-0, 3-0). The Whalers found themselves in an early hole, having been outscored in the first quarter 13-6. While their play picked up over the rest of the game, they could do little to stop the Porters from pulling away to a final advantage of 60-41. Defensively, the Whalers were able to hold Greenport’s main scoring threat, Dantre Langhorne, to 14 points, only the second time a team has held him to fewer than 20 points this season. Offensively, Skyler Loesch led the way with 19 points, while Seamus Doyle added eight points.

Whalers Fall in Openers

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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.

Boys Have an Up and Down Week

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The elation the Whalers felt coming off the floor last Thursday after a hard fought 45-30 win over Ross nearly eased the torment of last Tuesday’s one-sided loss to Mercy. That sinking feeling of coming undone was back again last night as undefeated Stony Brook took a 29-8 lead to end the first half. The Whalers played even the rest of the way to take some sting out of the week’s second loss, the score 50-29 at the buzzer.

Pre-season favorite and still undefeated Greenport made Monday’s game one to forget, Pierson heading home after an 84-36 hammering. The Porters’ Ryan Creighton, close to becoming Long Island’s all-time leading scorer, pushed through a jaw-dropping dunk to the delight of the home crowd and poured in 25 points in all.

With a 3-3 record in league play the Whalers are currently fourth in the standings, just behind Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees who are now 4-2 after yesterday’s 58-43 win over Ross. Pierson plays host to the resurgent Bees, winners of three straight, next Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Pierson travels to play winless Smithtown Christian tomorrow at 4:30; Bridgehampton is at Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m. Ross, now 2-4, has tough home games ahead, meeting Mercy tomorrow and Greenport Monday; both match-ups are at 6:15 p.m.


Scrimmages Show Boys’ Coaches What Needs Work

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By Benito Vila

With the Whaler basketball varsity taking the floor without any returning starters and six sophomores on the roster, and the JV mainly made up of freshmen, the Pierson boys’ basketball coaches have their work cut out for them this season.

Saturday saw both teams scrimmage their East Hampton counterparts, the older, more experienced Bonackers breaking down the Whaler teams in transition and taking advantage of turnovers. Varsity coach Fred Marienfeld called the contest “trial-by-fire” and “on-the-job training”, seeing his squad go up against one of last season’s Class A regional tournament qualifiers.

Holding a book of 101 in-bound plays on Tuesday, Coach Marienfeld explained, “I wasn’t so much concerned about the score in each period [Saturday] as I was seeing what we have to work on. With our youth and lack of experience, we’re going to see a lot of presses and traps. I’ve told my guys to expect pressure, that teams will be using different schemes to try and confuse us. So we’re going to be spending more of our time on our offensive sets and learning to recognize defensive alignments and how to break them down.”

After Monday’s scrimmage with Southampton, Coach Marienfeld described team captain Joe Dowling as “a rebounding machine; he’s a beast, if it’s near him he’s getting it.” He also noted that the team kept its composure “in a very physical game,” not reacting emotionally to contact or allowing the Mariners’ up-tempo pressure to take them out of their roles.


What’s Next

This afternoon the varsity heads to Southold for the opening game of a four-team tournament that also includes Rocky Point and Mt. Sinai. The outcomes today set the match-ups for Tuesday, winners and losers playing each other then. Next Friday, the boys make their way to Mattituck for the final pre-season prep before league play opens in Bridgehampton against the Killer Bees on December 16.

Taking stock of his Whalers Tuesday, Coach Marienfeld said, “We’re starting fresh and clean and I have a good crew. They work hard and they work well together. We’re very young this year and we’ll be that way again next year. What’s going to be key for us this year is being able to respond to a variety of defenses and making smart, controlled, adjustments. I’m going to be teaching a lot of basic things, but you expect that anytime you have a youth movement.”

With the team coming to his house for dinner that night, Coach Marienfeld added that he’s “hoping to have two team dinners again this year; one now and another before the playoffs”, something he’s done in each of his three years at the helm of the boys’ basketball program.


JV settles in

In some ways, JV boys’ basketball has already had three coaches this season. Incumbent coach Jim Kinnier, who led off-season conditioning and open gym sessions, took hold of an opportunity to lead winter track at Ross and his initial replacement resigned for personal reasons after two days of practice.

Coming in last week to guide the team is first-year Pierson science teacher Kevin Barron, who played high school basketball in Islip and whose father is a long-time school basketball referee. Coach Barron likes what he has on the JV, pointing out,  “We have good size and some fast guys down low.”

Seeing his team scrimmage East Hampton Saturday, Coach Barron noted a need “to work on ball handling and limiting turnovers.” The team is on the road with the varsity this coming week and also has a non-league game Monday at home against Southampton at 4:30 p.m.

The JV team roster has just two sophomores, Frank Romeo and Lukas Wheeler, and 10 freshmen. Playing hoops at the high school level for the first time are Harley Decker, Paul Dorego, Emet Evgen, Sean Hartnett, Michael Heller, Hunter Leyser, Sam Miller, Nolan O’Brien, Jeremy Pepper and Sean Romeo.