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A Friday to Forget for Whalers, Bees and Ravens

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By Benito Vila

Friday was a day to forget on the scoreboard for the Bridgehampton, Ross, and Pierson boys’ varsity basketball teams. All three schools lost games by margins that no player wants to see, the Killer Bees losing by seven to Greenport, 54-47, the Ravens by seven to Shelter Island, 68-61 and the Whalers by 52 to Southold, 80-28.

The slim margin against the Porters turns missed shots and missed stops into chances given away, the Killer Bees allowing a W to become an L. The loss to the Indians leaves the Ravens that much farther removed from their 3-0 start, the Ross boys now 4-5 on the season, with Pierson up next eager out to avenge an early season loss and the top of the league coming after that.

The Whalers, meanwhile, at 1-8, must be wondering what has gone so wrong for them, an athletic hard-working team struggling to get the ball up-court and into the net. It’s a tough game to win without experienced ball handlers and proven shooters, the mostly underclassmen team learning as-they-go.

But there’s no way the Pierson boys are giving into making excuses for their shortcomings or even suggesting that a won-loss record is more an indication of the quality of your opponent than it is the quality of your own team; these boys want to win, and with Ross, Greenport, Stony Brook, Bridgehampton and Smithtown Christian coming up, the Whalers are sure to surprise someone before the season is out.

Raven Re-Match

High school mid-terms pushed off all competition on the court this week, every local team going back to the basics in practice with players hopefully banging the books in school and at home.

Ross comes into Pierson Friday for a 6:15 p.m. start, looking to sweep the season series and add to the Whalers woes. The Whalers are hoping to be less generous as hosts than they were as visitors.

In their first match-up, Pierson turnovers and traveling calls left Ross with extra possessions that the Raven shooters, Liam Chaskey, Brendan Pettaway and Fuhito Yoshiba turned into quick points, both from the floor and from the line.

Never before had a Ross boys basketball team ever beaten a Pierson one and the bedlam on the Ross court afterwards was something Ravens fans will remember for a long time to come.

Crusaders, Indians and Ravens

Now having lost to the three top teams in the league by a collective 23 points, the Bridgehampton boys are out to win their next three to clinch a playoff spot.

There’s not a sport in the world where wins are automatic, but the Killer Bees cruised past their next three opponents, Smithtown Christian, Shelter Island and Ross, the first time around by a margin of 204-104. Those three are currently a collective 8-19, the common expectation being that Bridgehampton will come through those three games unscathed and playoff-bound.

Nothing Comes Easy

The Ravens saw their game against the Indians get away late, a one-point, 45-44 lead turning into a long lost dream, when Shelter Island came back to defend their home court with a 25-point fourth quarter. Despite the foul shooting of Pettaway, who was 18-for-25 at the line in totaling 33 points, the Ravens couldn’t keep pace and ended up with the long ride back on the ferry.

Whalers, Bees, Ravens

After hosting Ross Friday, the Pierson boys go to Greenport next Tuesday before coming back to play Stony Brook at home next Friday at 6:15 p.m. The Whalers finish their schedule on the road against Smithtown Christian February 8 and Bridgehampton February 10.

Bridgehampton has Smithtown Christian in Friday at 5 p.m. and goes to Shelter Island next Tuesday, with Ross in “the Hive” next Friday at 5 p.m. An away game at Stony Brook, February 8, and a home game against Pierson, February 10, ends the Killer Bees regular season.

Ross has Stony Brook in next Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and heads to Bridgehampton next Friday. Southold comes in February 8 and Greenport awaits on February 10.

Discipline Works

In describing the difference in his team’s 46-26 win over Southold on Friday, Whaler JV coach Jonathan Tortorella said, “We played four quarters of disciplined basketball. We moved the ball around on offense, worked for good shots and valued every offensive possession. On the defensive end, we were very consistent all game. It was one of our better defensive efforts of the season.”

 “Patrick Sloane was matched up on their best scorer and did a very solid job. Jake Bennett, Joe Butts and Michael Heller shot very well and gave us a lift offensively. Hunter Leyser and Jackson Marienfeld did a tremendous job running the offense and making smart decisions.”

Bennett had twelve points and Heller ten to lead the young Whalers.

Bees Sting Ravens, Bears Rip Whalers

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By Benito Vila

Won-loss records are often more an indication of the competition than they are the team.

After an 0-2 start, that came against league-leading Southold and Greenport, the Bridgehampton Killer Bees are on a 4-0 run, topping Smithtown Christian and Pierson last week and Shelter Island and Ross this week.

Ross, meanwhile, opened an impressive 3-0, outscoring Smithtown Christian, Shelter Island and Pierson, who are a collective 1-14. Since then they have faced undefeated Stony Brook and the swarming Killer Bees to fall 3-2.

Bridgehampton’s team play proved to be the difference in the Killer Bees’ 83-47 win over Ross Monday. Ainsley Wyche and Nate Hochstedler put pressure on the Raven ball handlers, creating turnovers and extra possessions. Meanwhile, forwards Canaan Campbell, Evan Marzan and Cesar Banados used their size to cut off the passing lanes and control the boards.

Campbell and Banados showed a fine shooting touch from the outside, the big men making six three-pointers and opening up the lane to Wyche, who has the speed to get to the basket. All that solid shooting and impressive quickness helped the Killer Bees build a 14-8 lead in the first frame and a 39-19 margin at the half.

The third quarter scoring was even until the three-minute mark when the Bees went on a 15-4 run to make the score 66-34 and put the game away. Bridgehampton continued to pull away in the fourth quarter after both coaches cleared their benches, a 17-3 spurt closing out the scoring.

Leading all scorers in the game was Wyche, who finished with 28. Banados dropped in 23 and Campbell 18. Hochstedler had nine. Liam Chaskey led the Ravens with 13, Brendan Pettaway adding eight and Lorcan Jowens netting six.

Coaches’ Corner

Killer Bees coach Carl Johnson said afterwards, “Our defense was pretty stellar. We did a great job the better part of the game. We came out aggressive and I hope we do that the rest of the year.”

“We changed up defenses on them and gave them different looks and that helped disrupt their rhythm. On offense, we saw their zone, stayed outside and hit our shots. They started to come out and that opened things up. We passed the ball well and then got some easy buckets underneath.”

Raven coach Kelly McKee praised the Bees, noting, “They executed and played the way we want to. We had trouble with their defenses and didn’t match up well.”

Tomorrow’s games

It was the second one-sided loss for Ross in four days, Stony Brook storming to a 78-16 win there last Thursday. Coach McKee summarized that loss simply, saying, “We played terrible. We didn’t seem ready to play; we’re young, we’re learning and now we have better sense of how we want to play.”

Ross closes out its first go-round through the league tomorrow hosting Greenport at 6:15 p.m. Bridgehampton, meanwhile, heads to Pierson for a game that occasionally pits one-time teammates against each other, the two schools playing together in football, soccer and baseball.

The match-up at Pierson is typically for more than local bragging rights, playoff eligibility often at stake for both teams. This year though, the Killer Bees are looking to stay safely among the league leaders while the Whalers are looking to distance themselves from a winless start that’s left them out of contention.

Whalers and Bees Set Sights High

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By Benito Vila

The sound is unmistakable, a hustling age-old cadence coming out of the gym. Boys’ basketball is back, balls banging out a heavy bass line, sneakers running up a mid-court melody, squeaking at every stop and turn.

The year’s Whalers come in twelve strong, Steve Early, Luke Kirrane and Jeff Schimmer representing the seniors and Seamus Doyle, Skyler Loesch, Dylan Hmielenski, Jake Weingartner, Brook Hartnett and Tyler Gilbride, the juniors. Sophomores Nolan O’Brien and Sean Hartnett have their work cut out for them in finding time in the rotation.

Even though a shoulder injury to Early provided a setback last week, coach Christian Johns likes what he’s seen of the varsity in its first conditioning go-round. Already looking ahead, Coach Johns acknowledged, “Our most important expectation for the season is to play hard-nosed and smart team basketball on both ends of the floor, and to improve each and every day we walk into practice.”

Last year’s team saw a tremendous amount of turmoil on and off the court but came on late in the season to finish 7-7 and play for the county title. While a loss to Port Jefferson ended the careers of guards Casey Crowley and Ryan Miller, it provided Kirrane, Doyle Loesch, Hmielenski, Weingartner and Gilbride a sense of play at another level.

It has been 15 years since a Pierson boys’ team has taken a county hoops title, the banner in the gym watching every move these boys make, hoping that streak comes to an end. While League VIII has seen Ryan Creighton graduate, Greenport remains strong as does Stony Brook, Southold and Mercy.

With Bridgehampton, Shelter Island and Ross on the schedule, the Whalers will have plenty to play for locally, with a trip to Smithtown Christian being no picnic in any sport.

Whaler Games

A scrimmage in Center Moriches on Monday opens the pre-season, with tournament games in Islip Wednesday and Friday providing an even tougher proving ground. A non-league contest in East Hampton December 8 is the final tune-up before the league opener on Shelter Island December 15.

The Whalers home debut is set for December 18, Southold coming in for a 6:15 p.m. start.

Bridgehampton Killer Bees

The black and gold banners in Bridgehampton are hopeful, too, the Class D title making its way elsewhere the last nine years after a dominating run dating back to the late 1970’s

Bridgehampton coach Carl Johnson is happy with what his team has brought into the Hive, the school’s one-of-a-kind gym. “We have some length, four guys are 6’-3” or taller. We’re also athletic, so defense and rebounding should be our strong suits.”

Another plus for Coach Johnson is the experience on his team, all his starters returning, led by top scorers Ainsley Wyche and Cesar Banados. Jamal Hines, Nathan Hochstedler and Evan Marzan have all returned in top form, with the team seeing a major improvement from sophomore Canaan Campbell, who Coach Johnson described as “our X factor.”

Coming off the bench will be Spencer Cannon and Brandon Jenkins, two over six-foot, two-hundred-pounds-plus forwards that will provide some size underneath. The team’s most vocal leader has once again proven to be Brendan Hemby who Coach Johnson claims “brings a special element to everything we do.”

Looking at the league, Coach Johnson predicts a competitive and intense level of play. “There’s not going to be a day off.” Already acknowledging the Killer Bees’ top Class D rival, he added, “We’re getting ready for Greenport [the home opener, December 22]. We have to beat them two out of three,” referencing the county title.

The Killer Bees begin scrimmaging next week and tip-off their season at Southold December 15. A tournament at Southampton the weekend of December 18-19 leads them into their home debut against the Porters.

Ladies On the Court

The Pierson Lady Whalers make their season debut Monday, heading to East Hampton for a 5:15 p.m. scrimmage. Next Friday the girls open play at home, Southampton here for a non-league match-up at 5:45 p.m. Away games at Mattituck December 7 and Rocky Point December 12 close out the preseason.

The Lady Whalers open league play in the Pierson gym December 15, Shelter Island in for a 5:45 p.m. tip-off.

Bees and Ravens Even Up

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By Benito Vila

Last Tuesday saw the Bridgehampton Killer Bees and the Ross Ravens open their League VIII varsity boys’ basketball season with tough on-court lessons. The Bees rallied from an eight-point deficit to overtake the Pierson Whalers before ultimately losing in overtime, while the Ravens had league-favorite Greenport make off with a one-sided win.

Fortunes changed for both Monday, each team evening up their league marks at 1-1. The Bees outmaneuvered Mercy at home, 57-55, a Jamal Hires lay-up at the buzzer becoming the game-winner. The Ravens clawed their way past Smithtown Christian, Liam Chaskey’s 22 points leading the Ross attack.


Hugs in the Hive

Killer Bee coach Carl Johnson was able to get his players “to spread the ball around a lot” in creating scoring opportunities and building a 17-point third quarter lead. Using a zone press, the Monarchs made a game of it, the visitors gaining the lead late in the game.

But timely scoring by Pablo Londono (6 points), Cesar Banados (12 points), Jeremy Carsten (8 points) and Ainsley Wyche (22 points) kept the Killer Bees close. The Hires game-winner set off a celebration in the Hive that had Coach Johnson happy to see “everybody hugging everybody.”

After the holidays, the Bees host Greenport, Tuesday, January 6 at 4 p.m. and Smithtown Christian, Friday, January 9 at 4:30 p.m. The team’s first league road game is Monday, January 12 at 4 p.m. on Shelter Island.


Ross Rallies, Rolls

Sag Harbor’s Chaskey, the Ravens’ freshman guard, took charge late in Monday’s win, tossing in 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. In sparking that Ross run, Chaskey helped turn a tight four-point 38-34 lead at the end of the third quarter to a comfortable 11-point cushion at the final buzzer. Brandon Pettaway also fired in 15 for Ross with Taylor Wilson adding 11.

Ross opens 2009 on Shelter Island Tuesday, January 6, and travels to Pierson Thursday, January 8; both games tip off at 5:45 p.m. The Ravens are home for Stony Brook, Monday, January 12 at 6:15 p.m. and for Mercy, Wednesday, January 14, at 4 p.m.