02/17/15 10:35pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Danny Hughes goes up for a shot Tuesday against Sayville. (Credit: Garret Meade)

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…)

02/03/15 9:36pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Jonah Caldwell, pictured against Amityville, scored 23 points in the Wildcats' loss to Bayport Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

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…)

01/20/15 9:39pm
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Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Ethan Wiederkehr goes up for a rebound against Mike Smith of Amityville. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

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…)

12/04/14 2:30pm
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Riverhead senior Ethan Greenidge will help anchor the Blue Waves down low this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead senior Ethan Greenidge will help anchor the Blue Waves down low this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

As a towering presence on the court, Ethan Greenidge is every bit the intimidator a kid his size would appear. A 6-foot-5 forward who excels in football as a lineman, Greenidge also has another side that can get overlooked on the court.

“He’s light on his feet, and moves very well for a kid his size,” said Riverhead coach John Rossetti.  (more…)

07/21/14 12:00pm
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Dan Hughes, attacking the basket during Shoreham-Wading River's intrasquad scrimmage last Thursday night, has ball skills to go with his 6-foot 5-inch frame. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Dan Hughes, attacking the basket during Shoreham-Wading River’s intrasquad scrimmage last Thursday night, has ball skills to go with his 6-foot 5-inch frame. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Dan Hughes is 6 feet 5 inches tall. In the world of high school boys basketball, that usually means one thing: He’s a center.

As it turns out, though, Hughes is anything but a center. (more…)

07/11/14 1:49am
07/11/2014 1:49 AM
Shoreham-Wading River's Jon Constant protecting the ball under pressure from Greenport's Sam Strickland. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Jon Constant protecting the ball under pressure from Greenport’s Sam Strickland. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Size isn’t everything for a basketball team, but it sure is nice to have.

Certainly, height can be overrated, but when that height is accompanied by talent, it can make a difference. That is something the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys basketball team can appreciate. (more…)

01/10/14 7:08pm
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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Danny Hughes scored 27 points in a win over Bayport-Blue Point Friday.

WILDCATS 63, PHANTOMS 56

Danny Hughes is listed at 6-foot-5, the tallest player on the Shoreham-Wading River roster. By his height alone, it would seem Hughes would best be served under the rim.

But as Hughes showed Friday afternoon against Bayport-Blue Point in a pivotal League VI game, he can do a lot more than simply clog the middle. Even as the tallest player, Hughes plays more like a guard, a big-man who can dribble on the perimeter and slash to the basket. He can also hit from the outside.

Against the Phantoms, Hughes did a little of everything, pouring in a game-high 27 points in a 63-56 victory at Shoreham-Wading River High School. And since he is the big man, he grabbed 19 rebounds.

“Danny’s a mismatch for a lot of coaches,” Culhane said. “I play him like a guard and a lot of teams don’t have a guy that’s either big enough to stay with him or strong enough if I post him up inside.”

Coming off a disappointing loss to Miller Place Tuesday, the Wildcats (6-4) bounced back with a resounding victory in a game they nearly led wire-to-wire. Bayport briefly took its only lead of the game early in the third quarter at 28-27. But Shoreham answered with an 11-0 run to push the lead to double digits.

The Wildcats evened their league record at 3-3 at the midway point of the league season. If the Wildcats can at least match that record over the second half of the season, it would guarantee them a playoff spot.

The Wildcats welcomed back junior Jonah Caldwell to the lineup. A 6-foot-3 forward who adds a huge element to the Wildcats on both ends of the court, Caldwell tore a ligament in his right hand during a practice in early December. He returned to the lineup Friday and, while rusty at first, showed why he’s a huge part of Shoreham’s lineup.

Caldwell finished with 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half.

Shoreham opened the game hot from the outside. The Wildcats drained four 3-pointers in the first quarter, which opened up the rest of their offense. They finished the game 19 of 43 from the field (44 percent). The Wildcats limited Bayport (8-3, 3-2 League VI) to 35 percent shooting (22 of 62).

Bayport’s Connor Panzner led the Phantoms with 26 points.