Eighth-Grader Alex Davis Scores Game-High 25 Points In Bridgehampton Boys Basketball’s Loss At Southold

Eighth-grade guard Alex Davis makes his way through Southold's defense. DESIRÉE KEEGAN

Even if Bridgehampton’s boys basketball team is struggling to win games, the Killer Bees are boasting some young talent, especially in eighth-grader Alex Davis, who scored a game-high 25 points in Bridgehampton’s loss at Southold Saturday, 69-57.

“He had a tremendous game. I love that kid. He has a heart of gold,” head coach Ron White said on January 8. “He’s fast and witty and he has the grit. We just need to continue to focus on details and using angles and dynamic dribbling to get him around, and moving outside when he doesn’t have the ball.”

Sophomore guard Mikhail Feaster makes a pass. DESIRÉE KEEGAN

The Killer Bees (2-4) stayed in it across the first quarter, even going on a total team run down 14-8 to take an 18-16 lead into the second. First, sophomore Mikhail Feaster grabbed an offensive rebound — one of Bridgehampton’s very few in the game — before Davis hit a field goal, Scott Vinski’s (16 points) first of four three-pointers and eighth-grader Jai Feaster’s shot from beyond the arc with 2.8 seconds left in the quarter that put the Killer Bees back on top.

“We always come out hyped, and playing with intensity has been our motto all season,” Vinski said. “But we took a break from that. There was a lack of energy. If we play like we did late in the game I think we have a good shot to make some noise in the league.”

Bridgehampton found itself behind 39-26 by halftime. The Settlers (4-4 overall, 4-2 in League VII) tied the game to open the second quarter before a Vinski trifecta, but Southold went on an 8-0 run to force Bridgehampton to call timeout. Mikhail Feaster’s bucket out of the break stopped the bleeding, but only temporarily as the Settlers went on a 9-0 scoring streak before two free-throws by junior forward Dylan Fitzgerald.

Junior guard Kris Vinski carries the ball into play. DESIRÉE KEEGAN

“There’s things well within our reach and under our control. We have some things we just need to tighten up on,” White said. “Most of the time we’re outsized and outranked in terms of years on varsity. But even with that, I’m really proud of my guys. I think we’re on to something.”

In the second half was where Davis shined, scoring 19 points, including all three of his three-pointers.

“The picks and the mid-range jumpers helped me get easy buckets. I felt good,” Davis said. “We just need to play faster and move in transition and make those baskets when we need to.”

Two of those three-point shots sandwiched his 10 straight Killer Bees points — accounting for all of Bridgehampton’s scoring — to close out the third and pull his team out of its high double-digit deficit, behind 55-43.

“His improvement from last year to this year is crazy — it’s great watching him,” Vinski said of Davis, who joined the team during a COVID-19 shortened season last year. “And he’s still got so much time left. He’s in eighth grade doing all this … it’s great to see.”

Eighth-grade guard Jai Feaster drives the lane. DESIRÉE KEEGAN

Jai Feaster’s steal led to Vinski’s third three-pointer that finally brought Bridgehampton under 10 points away from tying the game to open the final stanza, and Davis’ long field goal following a Southold score did the same, but the Settlers’ height proved too powerful, as put-ins and offensive rebounds helped the team re-extend the lead to 63-48. Davis, Vinski and his twin brother Kris all scored three-pointers for Bridgehampton’s final three baskets, but their efforts were too little too late.

“I didn’t make as much as I wanted to, but when I’m getting open, I keep shooting,” said Scott Vinski of his shots beyond the arc. “We had bumps in the road early, but there’s still plenty of games left.”

What he appreciates is how his teammates pick each other up following a missed shot.

“We moved right on to the next play and didn’t beat each other up over a mistake. Everyone does it,” the junior said. “I think that’s key, because by putting someone else down, you’re bringing the whole team down.”

White said it’ll be back to the drawing board as he works on ways to put his usually younger, smaller athletes in the right places at the right time. Bridgehampton travels to Mattituck for a 4:30 p.m. matchup Tuesday, January 11, before hosting Southold in a rematch Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“We have to rely on some schemes to pop each other open, because, with the sizes we play against, it’s hard to create some chances on your own. So, once we tighten that up we’ll be well on our way,” the coach said. “The teams we play against are well-coached and they’re strong. They’re also senior-heavy. But the growth in my guys is amazing. I applaud them for the fight. They’re starting to believe in themselves.”