Daniel De Mato photo | Michael Hubbard, joined by his mother Nancy Reyer, was given a team jersey and autographed basketball by the Riverhead boys basketball team at halftime of Thursday’s game against West Islip.
BLUE WAVES 55, LIONS 46
As the crowd inside Riverhead High School rose to its feet, the smile on Michael Hubbard’s face couldn’t have been any wider.
In an emotional halftime ceremony Thursday night, Michael was recognized as an honorary member of the boys basketball team and presented with an autographed basketball and jersey. (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Michael Hubbard, now being cared for in the Skilled Living Center at PBMC, being visited by Riverhead High School student and Interact Club member Spencer Shea.
Senior Night will take on a special meaning Thursday for the Riverhead boys basketball team. (more…)
DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Bayport-Blue Point players celebrate Tuesday night’s victory as Shoreham-Wading River junior Danny Hughes walks off the court.
Facing a win-or-go home game Tuesday night against Bayport-Blue Point, the Shoreham-Wading Wildcats fell 48-33, bringing their season to an end. (more…)
ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Danny Hughes scored 27 points in a Jan. 10 victory over Bayport-Blue Point. The Wildcats need another win against the Phantoms tonight to make the playoffs.
The season comes down to this. The Shoreham-Wading River boys basketball team faces a win or go home game tonight at Bayport-Blue Point in the regular season finale. (more…)
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck sophomore Joe Tardif, putting up a shot while being guarded by Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Greg Gehring, scored a career-high 24 points with the aid of four 3-pointers.
TUCKERS 80, MONARCHS 60
The Mattituck Tuckers knew what they were up against this season in League VII. What has shaped up to be one of the toughest basketball leagues in Suffolk County is led by three powerhouses — Babylon, Center Moriches and Southampton — that are almost in a league of their own. (more…)
BULLS 67, BLUE WAVES 48
The Riverhead Blue Waves have come light years from their stumbling start to the high school boys basketball season, but even their improved play could not overcome the sting of knowing they were going to miss the playoffs for the first time in several years. (more…)
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Dan Hughes, who scored a game-high 22 points for Shoreham-Wading River, tries to dribble around Greenport’s Willie Riggins near the baseline.
WILDCATS 64, PORTERS 46
Difficult but doable.
That was the assessment Shoreham-Wading River coach Kevin Culhane gave of his boys basketball team’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs for the third time in four years. In order to do that, the Wildcats will have to win their final three Suffolk County League VI games. (more…)
ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Deon Shorter goes up for a contested shot Thursday against Smithtown West.
A last-second 3-pointer from Charles Manning misfired Thursday night as the Riverhead boys basketball team lost in overtime to Smithtown West, 65-63.
Brandon Tolliver led the Blue Waves with 19 points. Riverhead fell to 2-6 in League III and can only afford one more loss in league to keep postseason aspirations alive.
Three other players reached double figures Thursday. Manning and Tyrese Kerr had 12 each. Ryun Moore added 11.
The Blue Waves trailed by three in the final minute before a Tolliver 3-pointer with 25 seconds left that sent the game into overtime. Riverhead trailed by seven at halftime before outscoring the Bulls, 19-12 in the third quarter.
Smithtown (6-5, 4-3 League III) had four players in double figures, led by Tyler Weigl. Riverhead returns to action Tuesday at North Babylon.
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