By Gavin Menu
At first glance, Sean Sloane does not come across as the kind of player who can draw fear from the eyes of an opponent. But looks can be deceiving and Pierson’s slight freshman guard lit up visiting Greenport Tuesday night, knocking down six rainbow threes, including four in the fourth quarter alone, to lead the Whalers to an impressive 68-49 home victory.
With the win, Pierson improved to 5-1, and now sits alone atop the League VIII standings, although both Stony Brook and Smithtown Christian have just one loss as well, both of which came at the hands of the Whalers.
Pierson will travel to the Knox School for a game tomorrow, January 10, at 5 p.m. and a showdown with rival Ross School is set for Tuesday in Sag Harbor at 6:15 p.m.
Leading the charge alongside Sloane on Tuesday was an all-too familiar face, one that does, in fact, cause opponents to quake in their sneakers. Senior Forrest Loesch was his usual dominant self against Greenport, driving, slashing and shooting his way to a game-high 25 points.
Duncan Bennett finished with 10 points and Robbie Evjen added seven. Senior Ian Barrett finished with just three points, but shined defensively while holding Greenport star Gavin Dibble to 11 points.
“Gavin Dibble is phenomenal, and the difference tonight was that Ian was able to defend him,” Pierson coach Dan White said. “Ian has been unbelievable on the ball this year.”
Senior Drew Harvey, an All-County lacrosse player playing his first year of varsity basketball, had a breakout game and excelled defensively and on the offensive and defensive glass. His performance on Tuesday earned high praise from his coach.
“Drew’s an athlete and he loves competing,” White said. “We have several games in this league—Bridgehampton, Greenport, Stony Brook—where you have to have some guts, and he brings that. Drew’s incredibly valuable to our team.”
Before Tuesday’s home win, the Whalers traveled to Shelter Island on Monday and came home with a 57-48 victory. The Whalers led by just three points going into the fourth quarter and the game was tied late when Loesch his two threes in the final two minutes to give Pierson the lead for good. Loesch finished with 21 points, while Barrett chipped in with 19.
Sloane had 12 points in what was just the beginning of a big week for the rising freshman guard.
“Sean does a good job of playing off of Ian and Forrest,” White said. “But he’s coming along as a playmaker too. And for a kid his size, as a freshman, he does a pretty good job as a defender as well.”