By Gavin Menu
The fate of Friday night’s boys basketball game between Pierson and Bridgehampton was hanging in the balance Wednesday afternoon after the Killer Bees were forced to forfeit their game against Shelter Island on Tuesday night.
According to head coach Carl Johnson, two “key” players were ruled academically ineligible and two other players could miss the remainder of the season because of medical reasons. Johnson said he would learn the fate of his ineligible players today, January 10, and that without them he would only have five able bodies to bring to Pierson Friday night.
“I’ve tried that before, and it doesn’t work out well,” said Johnson, who normally goes only six or seven players deep when at full strength. It’s a shame because we were playing really good basketball.”
Bridgehampton beat fellow Class D school Smithtown Christian, 74-63, on January 3 to improve its League VIII record to 2-3. Senior forward Jason Hopson had a huge game with 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Freshman point guard Tylik Furman scored 18 and Josh Lamison, another freshman, scored 15.
Johnson on Wednesday said he hoped to get the two players back into good academic standing this week so that the game with Pierson could be held.
“Our policy is if you’re failing one class, you don’t play,” Johnson said. “We’ll know more on Thursday.”