Kevin Santacroce stood motionless, holding his hands out with a befuddled look on his face, as if trying to figure out what he had done wrong. The 6-foot-3 senior had just been charged with his fifth personal foul. That meant his night was done, and Bishop McGann-Mercy had to play the remaining 3 minutes 13 seconds of its home-opening basketball game without him. READ
At first glance, the Shoreham-Wading River boys basketball team will appear vastly different from a year ago. Gone are three of the Wildcats’ tallest players, who made up one of the biggest frontlines Shoreham coach Kevin Culhane has had during his tenure. READ
Shoreham-Wading River senior Danny Hughes goes up for a shot Tuesday against Sayville. (Credit: Garret Meade)
CLASS A FIRST ROUND | GOLDEN FLASHES 53, WILDCATS 51
In the two weeks his team was off since the regular season ended, Shoreham-Wading River coach Kevin Culhane did his best to keep the players loose before Tuesday night’s Class A playoff opener. On Saturday, the Wildcats played crisp in a scrimmage against Bellport, a playoff-bound Class AA team.
All signs indicated the Wildcats were ready. (more…)
Greenport’s Darius Bolling (2) tries to stop Shoreham-Wading River’s Danny Hughes earlier this season. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)
The Shoreham-Wading River boys basketball team was seeded fourth in the Class A playoffs and will face No. 5 Sayville Feb. 17. (more…)
Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Joe Jeskie attacking the basket while Mattituck’s Parker Tuthill defends. (Credit: Garret Meade)
MONARCHS 78, TUCKERS 67
First came the punch, and then came the virtual knockout.
An intense high school boys basketball game, played at a frantic pace, with one Bishop McGann-Mercy player ejected for punching a Mattituck player, all but dashed Mattituck’s playoff hopes.
McGann-Mercy, already eliminated from playoff contention, dealt a severe blow to Mattituck’s chances. The Monarchs punctuated their Senior Night by outscoring Mattituck, 27-16, in the fourth quarter for a 78-67 victory on Tuesday night.
Shoreham-Wading River senior Jonah Caldwell, pictured against Amityville, scored 23 points in the Wildcats’ loss to Bayport Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
PHANTOMS 73, WILDCATS 60
The banners that hang in the gym at Shoreham-Wading River High School represent each sport in the school. Some banners, like for girls track, are stuffed with years showcasing the titles won.
For boys basketball, the banner lists just two years: 1990 and 1992, both league titles. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Ethan Wiederkehr goes up for a rebound against Mike Smith of Amityville. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
WILDCATS 47, WARRIORS 45
As Amityville guard Rae Toppin caught a pass on the baseline, with the court seemingly all to himself, everyone inside the Shoreham-Wading River High School gym would have had the same thought: here comes overtime.
With his team trailing by two in the waning seconds of Tuesday’s game, Toppin found himself wide open under the basket. But he went up too strong, and somehow, his layup attempt missed and the ball fell safely into the hands of Shoreham forward Danny Hughes, who dribbled out the final two seconds in a 47-45 Wildcats win. (more…)
Riverhead’s middle school basketball team went 10-0 this season. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
What better way to celebrate an undefeated season than a pizza party?
The 15 players and manager on Riverhead’s middle school basketball team toasted to a 10-0 season Friday afternoon with cheese and pepperoni. The boys closed out their season Thursday, defeating Mount Sinai 87-55. (more…)