Boys Basketball: Riverhead’s season comes to an end in Deer Park

02/18/2012 5:22 PM |

Trying to win their second Suffolk County Class AA boys basketball tournament game in less than 24 hours, the Riverhead High School Blue Waves put up a valiant effort but fell to host Deer Park, 67-50, on Saturday afternoon.

Junior guard Ryan Bitzer scored a game-high 29 points to pace gritty Riverhead (9-11), which had defeated West Babylon, 73-62, in an out-bracket game on Friday night.

Behind an 11-2 spurt in the second quarter, the No. 19 Blue Waves trailed the third-seeded Falcons, 32-30, at the half. But a fatigued Riverhead team ran out of steam in the second half as the hosts went on a 10-2 spurt to open the third period to grab a 42-32 lead.

The Blue Waves came within 45-38 late in the period before senior guard Kyle Bradford scored 13 of his 15 points over a 4:14 span to help Deer Park (16-3) pull away to a 60-43 advantage.

Senior forward Sean Scott led the Falcons with 22 points and junior guard Keith Williams added 15 points.

Forward Brandon Tolliver contributed 11 points for the Blue Waves.