As a longtime basketball coach who at one time coached former NBA player Wally Szczerbiak when he was in high school, Kevin Culhane has seen his share of exciting basketball games.
Tuesday night’s win for Shoreham-Wading River over Hampton Bays — while a non-league season opener — ranks right up there for him.
“I’ve been coaching 30 years and that was one of the top five games I’ve ever been involved in,” Culhane said.
The Wildcats came back from 10 down on the road to win 82-78 in triple overtime behind a career-high 42 points from senior Kevin Davis, who was playing in his first game back after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.
“He just played a great all-around game,” Culhane said. “He hit some incredibly tough shots.”
After scoring only 21 points in the first half, the Wildcats turned on the press in the second half to force turnovers and make the comeback late in the fourth quarter.
Culhane credited the effort of Brandon Warner (12 points) and C.J. Higgins for their defense. Ryan McAlary had an off night shooting (7 points), but came through with four steals and four assists.
John Kovach hit a pair of clutch free throws late in the game to help clinch the victory.
“The kids did a great job,” Culhane said. “The really dug down. It wasn’t pretty, but it was an exciting game.”