The Bridgehampton boys basketball team watched an 11-point lead slip away Sunday that ultimately would have led to the Killer Bees’ first win of the season and first in the new hive.
Bridgehampton (0-7 overall, 9-6 in League VIII) led, 31-23, at halftime, and 34-23 at the 7:33 mark of the third quarter, thanks to sophomore guard Scott Vinski’s fourth of six three-pointers.
“It was great to knock down some shots,” Vinski said previously. “Our team has already improved tremendously. The scoreboard might not show it, but we have started to build chemistry with each other, and that’s definitely a good sign, especially with such a young team.”
His twin brother Kris racked up 10 points, scoring three shots from beyond the arc himself. Alex Davis added seven points and John Gazda two.
“Our team is a really good jump shooting team and we can only get better from here,” Kris Vinski said previously. “It felt great to knock some shots down and get used to the new gym. Our team has found ourselves competing with teams early on in games, we just have to close games out.”
The Killer Bees led, 47-41, with three minutes left in regulation, but Shelter Island’s Junior Gil scored on a jumper with 50 seconds remaining to tie the game at 47-all. Gil, who had a team-high 17 points, scored the last four points for his team during regulation, and had a steal and scored the game-winning layup in the final 15 seconds of the game.
Bridgehampton followed that close game up with a 67-33 loss at Greenport Monday, and closed out the season with a final home game against Southold Wednesday, results of which were not available by press time.
East Hampton Girls Earns First Win
The East Hampton girls basketball team on the other hand pulled away with their first win of the season Sunday, 37-27, over visiting Amityville.
The Bonackers (1-5 overall, 1-4 in League VI) faced Sayville (4-1, 3-1) on the road Wednesday in the final game of the season, but results were not available by press time.
Hampton Bays Boys Winless In League VII
The Hampton Bays boys basketball team closed out the league season with a 70-39 loss to Elwood-John Glenn Monday.
Baymen standout Jack McNamara finished the final League VII game of his senior season scoring 11 points, off three field goals, a three-pointer and two free throws. Isaiah Lattanzio also added 11 points, hitting four field goals and three shots from the charity stripe.
Hampton Bays (0-7, 0-6) has one final game that was recently added to its schedule, a February 26 nonleague game at Bridgehampton. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Lady Baymen Struggle To Find Rhythm
The Hampton Bays girls basketball team has struggled to pull it together in the Baymens’ first and only three games of the season. Hampton Bays (0-3) suffered losses to Center Moriches, Babylon and Elwood-John Glenn since their return from COVID-19 quarantining.
Prior to the girls’ 48-16 loss to the Knights on February 22, sophomore guard Katie Mounts put up a game-high 12 points, more than half her team’s final score, in the 46-23 loss to Babylon on Sunday. All of her shots were field goals. Sierra Gafney added five points and Victoria Madison four in that game.
In the team’s 59-22 loss to Center Moriches on February 19, Mounts scored eight points, Jordan Myers five and Elle Dunkirk four.
East Hampton Boys Games Postponed
The East Hampton boys basketball team had its final three games of the season postponed.
The Bonackers (2-3 overall, 2-3 in League VI) were scheduled to have their final game of the season — a home game against Sayville — on Wednesday. It is unclear whether the postponements were a result of quarantining protocols due to the novel coronavirus. It was also unclear by press time whether any of the games will be made up at the end of the week. The first game to be postponed was a February 19 game at Amityville. The Bonackers also missed a home game Sunday against Hampton Bays. It is also unclear whether the boys played the February 17 game against Bayport-Blue Point.
On February 15, East Hampton suffered a 60-53 loss to host Mattituck. Luke Reese scored 22 points, Topher Cullen 13 and Jack Dickerson 9 for the Bonackers, which hit seven three-pointers in the game. Cullen nailed three from beyond the arc, Reese two, and Dickerson and Finn Byrnes each tacked on one.
Fall Season Gets Second Chance
Local high schools have just a few weeks left to prepare for the fall sports season, which is taking place this spring, and begins March 1. Area football, soccer, volleyball and field hockey teams are scheduled to begin competing around March 8.
Regular-season football games are scheduled to run through April 17, and volleyball April 16. Tennis is scheduled to begin March 8 and run through April 12, and the golf season starts March 16 and runs through April 24.