By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller
The Bridgehampton boys basketball team lost, 68-64, in a thriller against rival Greenport Thursday night as the Killer Bees let a 17-point first-half lead slip away on their home court. The loss was especially hurtful since it guarantees that Bridgehampton will finish below the .500 mark against League VIII competition, which is required for an automatic berth in the Class D postseason.
With one game remaining in the regular season, Greenport (8-7) will join Shelter Island in the Class D brackets. Bridgehampton (6-9), which plays the winless Knox School on the road today, February 7, will have to petition Section XI, Suffolk County’s governing body of athletics, for a playoff berth based on their record against fellow Class D schools.
With a win over Knox on Friday, the Killer Bees would have a 5-3 record against Class D opponents.
It seemed early on Thursday that Bridgehampton would cruise to a win over Greenport, and that a victory over Knox on Friday would cement a three-team playoff for the Suffolk Class D title. Instead, Greenport’s Angel Colon came out of halftime on fire, scoring 10 straight points to trim Bridgehampton’s lead to 40-37 in a matter of minutes.
Foul trouble was a major factor all night as well, with both Josh Lamison and Tylik Furman, Bridgehampton’s top two players, fouling out in the fourth quarter. Furman finished with 25 points, while Lamison had 19.
Gavin Dibble, who also fouled out in the fourth quarter, led Greenport with 25 points while Colon finished with 16
The Killer Bees’ role players, including Henry Kotz, Kevin Feliciano, Matt Hochstedler and Max Cheng, played admirably but lacked the offensive firepower to hold the slim three-point lead Bridgehampton held when Furman joined Lamison on the bench with 5:04 remaining in the game, which Greenport closed out with a 9-0 run.