They don’t grow ’em big in Riverhead.
That’s the joke that goes around in Riverhead High School boys basketball circles. Historically, Riverhead is not known for producing really tall players.
Central Islip, on the other hand, well, that’s a different story.
How does a team stop a player like Kashawn Charles? Or even slow him down?
The rest of Suffolk County League VI is still waiting for an answer.
Perhaps one of the most underappreciated roles on a high school boys basketball team belongs to the first couple of players coming off the bench. They don’t hold the status of a starter, but their value can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Does Matt Moran feel unappreciated?
Not at all.
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