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Basketball Playoff Update: Bees Advance, Whalers Fall Short

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By Gavin Menu; Photography by Michael Heller

The fate of two championships swung in the balance in the third quarter of both the Suffolk County Class C and Class D boys basketball finals Thursday evening at Westhampton Beach High School. And in the end, only one local team took home a trophy.

The Bridgehampton Killer Bees, who trailed Shelter Island by three at halftime and were tied, 30-30, late in the third quarter, took a 17-0 run deep into the fourth and easily downed the upstart Indians, 53-40 to win their second consecutive Class D crown.

Freshman Josh Lamison was a beast on the boards and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead Bridgehampton. Tylik Furman, the team’s other freshman starter, scored 15 points, seven of which came in the decisive fourth quarter.

“In the second half, Josh Lamison was the key,” Bridgehampton head coach Carl Johnson said. “And once one guy gets going, it’s contagious.”

Bridgehampton advanced to the state regional semifinals to play the winner from Rockland County (Section IX) on March 5 at a site to be announced later.

Pierson was not so lucky in the Class C final, which tipped off an hour later on the same floor. The Whalers stayed with top-seeded Stony Brook through halftime, trailing by only four, but were blown out in the second half and lost, 57-27.

Stony Brook advanced to the Long Island Championship on March 5 and will also play Bridgehampton in the Suffolk C-D game this Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Patchogue-Medford.

It was the best form of revenge for the Bears, who watched Pierson celebrate a year ago after Forrest Loesch’s buzzer beater sent the Whalers home with their first county title in 18 years.

“We were thinking about this game since the summer,” Stony Brook head coach Mike Hickey said. “Pierson is a terrific team. Normally when you play someone in the playoffs, I would go and scout the team. We didn’t have to do that with them. We know them very well so it just came down to execution.”

Pierson scored just 5 points in the second half, its lowest total of the season. Loesch, a junior, led Pierson with 16 points and senior Jake Bennett, playing in the final game of an outstanding season, scored seven points and fouled out with 4:27 remaining.

 

 

 

Killer Bees Stop Cosmos and Move on To Finals

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By Andrew Rudansky


A new rivalry in League VIII fermented on Friday, January 17 at 4 p.m. in the Pierson High School gym when the Cosmos of Ross faced the Killer Bees of Bridgehampton in the first ever post season matchup between these two class D teams.

Bridgehampton’s traditional rivals in years past have always been the Pierson Whalers and the Greenport Porters, but after tonight they will have to add the Cosmos to their list of competitors to watch.

In the end it was Bridgehampton that triumphed, 72-62, but only after outlasting a determined Cosmos team in one of the most hard-fought games of the season.

Accurate shooting from Bridgehampton’s junior guard Jason Hopson and senior forward Caanan Campbell, combined with their ability to shutdown Ross’ star forward Hayden Aldredge led to a close win for the Killer Bees.

Ross’ senior point guard Fuhito Yoshida led the charge in the first half, cutting through the Bees defense and delivering layup after layup. Yoshida finished the game with 18 points after shooting a respectable 50 percent from the field. The speedy senior proved to be a menace for the Bees all game.

Yoshida was aided by senior shooting guard Liam Chaskey who led the Cosmos in scoring with 19 points. The two presented one of the most feared backcourts in League VIII in the regular season, leading their team to a 9-5 record. However, two of those wins were taken away from the team due to a technicality, leaving them with an official record of 7-7.

The Bees also finished the regular season with an official league record of 7-7.

Ross’ junior forward Roosevelt Odidi added 15 points, 11 rebounds and one steal in the Cosmos loss. Aldredge was kept relatively quiet with just 7 points, and 7 rebounds, a tepid game for the double-double machine.

Going into the locker room at the half, Ross had a small 36-31 lead on the Killer Bees. However when the teams returned to the court, it was the Bees who had all the energy.

The Bees offense exploded out of the break. The team was led by Hopson, who scored 15 of his 21 total points in the third quarter. The offensive specialist also finished the game with 9 assists, 6 rebounds, a game leading 4 steals, and a game leading 4 shots from behind the 3-point arc.

Campbell led the Bees in scoring with 23 points, making 9 of his 21 shots from the field. He also recorded 15 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 steal in the contest.

Forward Josh Lamison finished with 10 points, Tylik Furman added 8, while Anajae Lamb finished with 8 from the bench, including 4 straight late-fourth quarter free throw attempts that helped seal the game for the Killer Bees.

The Bees initially surged ahead of the Cosmos on a series of turnovers by Hopson midway through the fourth quarter. In the end, the Cosmos had to foul the Bees onto the charity stripe just to stop the clock an give them a chance to come back. However, by the closing minute of regulation, the Cosmos were already down by double digits, well out of reach of the Bees.

Ross will have to wait till next year if they want to add a second Class D patch to their basketball trophy wall.

The Bees had a disappointing 2-12 season last year; but they have sprung back from the League VII cellar and are now set to appear in the Suffolk County Class D championship game. They will go on to face the first seed Greenport Porters for the championship game on Monday, February 20 at 4 p.m. at the Suffolk Community College campus in Selden.

With its second straight appearance in the Class D post season, it is safe to say that the Ross Cosmos have finally arrived in League VIII boys’ varsity basketball. With a newfound tradition of winning, the team will sure to be back in the hunt next year. It just so happens that that 2012 wasn’t their year.

Bridgehampton Threes Stump Pierson

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By Benito Vila

The Pierson gym was frenetic Friday night, the bleachers filled to near capacity with nearly half the crowd donning the yellow and black of the visiting Bridgehampton Killer Bees.

In the end, the gym became a neighborly gab-fest, fans on both sides staying on and catching up after the Killer Bees won 67-48. Bridgehampton’s Canaan Campbell led all scorers with 24 points, his teammate Cesar Banados sinking in 20. Skyler Loesch led the Whalers with 13 points, Tyler Gilbride and Luke Kirrane adding 10 apiece.

The difference in the game was Bridgehampton’s outside shooting. With Campbell and Banados both able to shoot accurately from the beyond the arc, it seemed that each time the Whalers tallied two, the visitors would put up three.

That sharp shooting came into play in the third quarter when the Whalers turned a 16-point halftime deficit to a six-point one, the score 42-36 Bridgehampton with a minute remaining. A missed lay-up by Pierson left the Killer Bees with ball, and a foul and a pair of free throws by Jamal Hires, stopped a 16-3 Whaler run.

The fourth quarter opened with Pierson’s Seamus Doyle scoring underneath to make the margin six again at 44-38 but then the Killer Bees went on a 6-0 run to put the game away. The run was started by a banked two-point shot by Campbell and two lay-ups by Banados, who went to his left-hand twice after drawing the defense to his right.

That 6-0 Bridgehampton run was part of a longer 14-5 spurt and a 23-10 sequence that closed the game. Banados and Campbell both hit threes in the last four minutes to make sure their was no question about the outcome.

Afterwards Campbell, who attended Pierson through seventh grade said, “Going against my old school was great. I found out Pierson put in new rims from friends on Facebook and I wanted to break them in right.” Citing the difference in the game, Campbell was modest, describing his team’s ability to switch up their defense and upset the Whalers’ timing as being the key to the win.