The Riverhead Blue Waves had started the high school boys basketball season so promisingly, with four wins from as many games. Then they hit some road bumps. Five of them.
Five straight losses followed those four wins, but the Blue Waves got back on the winning track Tuesday. With four of their players scoring in double figures, the Blue Waves toppled Centereach, 76-65, at Riverhead High School, delivering the Cougars their fourth consecutive loss.
It was the first win for the Blue Waves (5-5, 4-2 Suffolk County League III) since a Dec. 21 victory over North Babylon.
The Blue Waves led from late in the first quarter on. They used a balanced scoring attack, moved the ball well and scored on 50.9 percent of their field-goal attempts. Twenty-one of their 29 field goals were assisted.
Sharron Trent led the way with 16 points and Lintell Brown had 12 while Troy Goode Jr. and Malik Washington deposited 11 each.
The majority of Centereach’s points came from Kevin Callahan and Jon Agostino. Callahan dropped in 24 points and Agostino, who drilled in seven 3-point shots, provided 23 points and six assists. Jake Marzocca pulled down 15 rebounds.
Centereach (6-4, 3-3) kept itself as close as it did with the help of 10-for-14 shooting from 3-point distance.
The Blue Waves led by as many as 19 points when a 3-pointer by Steven Asconia made it 50-31 about halfway through the third quarter.
Centereach pulled to within 8 points of Riverhead at 64-56 on a scoop shot by Callahan with less than four minutes to go in the game, but no closer.
Photo caption: Riverhead’s Troy Goode Jr. attempting a shot while being guarded by Centereach’s Jon Agostino. (Credit: Garret Meade)