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.