Bridgehampton Basketball Blows Out Shelter Island After Falling To Smithtown Christian

Bridgehampton junior co-captain Kris Vinski shoots over an incoming Smithtown Christian player looking to block his shot. DREW BUDD

It wasn’t too long ago, just two years ago really, when the Bridgehampton boys basketball team was reeling from having just graduated basically its entire team and starting from scratch. The Killers Bees, more often than not, found themselves on the wrong end of some lopsided scores.

Bridgehampton (2-1 League VII) has progressed since that time to be competitive in just about every game it plays in now, but when it hosted Shelter Island on Monday night, the Bees were reminded of those down times as they defeated a rebuilding Shelter Island squad, 86-16.

Bridgehampton eighth-grader Jai Feester pulls up to take a shot in the paint. DREW BUDD

Alex Davis and Scott Vinski led the Bees with 18 points apiece, Kris Vinski scored 15 points and Dylan Fitzgerald had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“It was a very challenging game to coach because I feel for and understand and empathize with Shelter Island,” Bridgehampton head coach Ron White said on Tuesday morning. “It was only two years ago, when our juniors and seniors were freshmen and sophomores, and we were playing against some very strong teams. My team was, and very much still is, in the rebuilding process and working on trying to develop a competitive team.

“By no stretch of our imagination have we arrived,” he continued. “We’re still learning the game of basketball. It was a difficult game and I empathize and sympathize with that Shelter Island team. They’re a young team, but if they keep at it, they’re going to be a very strong team in a couple of years. They have a great coaching staff who are enthusiastic about coaching the kids.”

Bridgehampton suffered its first loss of the season, 60-52, this past Thursday, December 13, at home to Smithtown Christian. Thanks to a three pointer with 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter by Davis, the Bees led the Knights, 13-12, after the first quarter and then led 27-25 at halftime. But they went cold from the floor in the third after Smithtown Christian switched to a 3-2 zone and were outscored 24-9 in the frame, which wound up being the difference.

Davis led the offensive charge for Bridgehampton with 21 points, while Scott Vinski scored 10 points.

White said he took full responsibility for the loss.

“I saw them looking at the possibility of winning the game instead of executing on every possession. They kind of lost sight of what we were doing,” he said. “Smithtown Christian dropped to a 3-2 zone, and with zones, you have to be a little more patient than man-to-man, and we panicked. I should have made some adjustments on my part and for that I put that loss on me. But we’ll be sure to be better next time we see them. Hopefully we’ll be seeing them a couple of more times this year.”

White said that the next few weeks will be key to the team’s development going forward. It will host Greenport this Thursday, December 16, at 6 p.m. and then will play at crosstown rival Pierson this Tuesday, December 21, at 6:15. Then, over the holiday break, the Bees will compete in the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament at Hampton Bays starting on December 28.

“It’s a steep hill to climb going into the holidays,” White said. “It’ll be a big learning experience for everyone involved.”

Bridgehampton Releases Spectator Policy 

Bridgehampton School District is limiting the number of spectators to three people per player, which includes home and away basketball players and cheerleaders, according to a district-wide email that was sent on December 8. Families will be asked to sit together in pods of three. Blue tape has been placed on the bleachers to mark where each pod will be. A staff member will assist spectators to their pods.

There will be an additional 30 seats for Bridgehampton students in grades sixth through 12 on a first come, first served basis.

Each home game is expected to be livestreamed as well to accommodate those who would rather watch from home.

“We are looking forward to the day when we can accommodate all spectators in-person, until that day, we appreciate your flexibility and understanding while we navigate this pandemic,” the email said.