Shoreham-Wading River brought the energy, the fire and the intensity. But Southampton just brought too much.
Southampton, winner of the last three Long Island Class B boys basketball championships, had only seven players available for its Suffolk County League VI game in Shoreham on Saturday. That was enough.
Shoreham-Wading River could not recover from a nightmare start as the Wildcats suffered a 56-41 non-league defeat at Miller Place in high school boys basketball Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers bolted out to a 14-2 advantage with one minute and 52 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
Welcome to Suffolk County League II.
Riverhead’s introduction to the league wasn’t a kind one. The Blue Waves, who played in League III last season, had their work cut out for them Tuesday in their league opener with powerful Half Hollow Hills East in town. Hills East is seen as one of the top teams in the county along with fellow League II teams Central Islip and Bay Shore.
It was easy to see why.
All the pieces are in place. This could be a special high school boys basketball team that Greenport has.
The Porters have big bodies in the form of Julian Swann and Sam Strickland. They have the considerable skills of freshman phenom Ahkee Anderson. They have plenty of talent from others, too. Tashan Lawrence, Jordan Fonseca and Darrius Strickland, just to name a few.
The Porters have something else: unselfishness.
Only 44 seconds into the Riverhead boys basketball season opener against Bellport Saturday, coach John Rossetti was forced to call a timeout.
The young Blues Waves experienced trouble in-bounding the ball against the Clippers’ press and Rossetti figured it was a good time for the hosts to keep their cool in the non-league game. READ
Shoreham-Wading River boys basketball coach Kevin Culhane recently saw an Instagram post in which a coach listed all the Suffolk County League V and VI teams, with the notation, “Everybody is zero and zero.”
With seven of League VI Shoreham’s 14 players having played for the school’s Long Island champion football team, which just completed its season Sunday night, it’s going to take the Wildcats (5-11 last season) some time to meld.
When League III teams Riverhead and North Babylon play, there is a lot of blue and white on the basketball court, a reflection of their shared school colors. But it was the Blue Waves who were really blue following their playoff loss on Thursday. READ
The Riverhead girls basketball team clinched a share of the League III championship last night with a 63-30 win at West Islip. The Blue Waves finished 13-1 in league to finish in a tie with Huntington for the league crown, the Blue Waves’ first since the 2011-12 season. READ