Wildcats fall despite 30 from Davis

02/19/2011 7:18 PM |

Four seconds after draining his final three-pointer of the game — and final of his Shoreham-Wading River career — senior Kevin Davis fought for a steal, only to be whistled for a foul. As the referee pointed his direction, the reality set in. With his fifth foul, Davis’ game and career were over.

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham senior Kevin Davis scored 30 points Saturday afternoon against Islip.

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham senior Kevin Davis scored 30 points Saturday afternoon against Islip.

A crescendo came over the crowd as Islip High School Saturday afternoon, as the Shoreham fans rose to their feet for a standing ovation. Even the Islip fans offered an appreciative applause for the 30-point performance Davis delivered in the Wildcats’ first round loss at Islip.

For Davis it was his fourth game of the season with at least 30 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Wildcats to get past the fourth-seeded Bucanneers as Islip rolled to a 66-52 victory. Islip (14-5) advances to play top-seeded Harborfields Thursday.

“I’m telling him on the bus, that’s why he’s an All-County kid,” said Shoreham coach Kevin Culhane. “He left one of his best games for his senior year as did [Ryan] McAlary.”

Davis and McAlary teamed up in the backcourt for the Wildcats as sophomores, leading the Wildcats into the playoffs their first year. Last year Davis suffered an ankle injury that sidelined him most of the season. As seniors, the duo helped lead the Wildcats back into the postseason and an overall record of 10-9.

“They’re probably one of the best guard pairs you’ll see, even including Amityville in the last three years,” Culhane said. “I’m going to miss them. I’m going to miss them all.”

McAlary scored 14 points for fifth-seeded Shoreham against Islip.

Davis finished the season averaging 21.5 points per game, including a 42-point performance in a triple overtime win over Hampton Bays in December. He finished 15th on Long Island in points per game, according to stats compiled by Newsday.

The size and length of Islip was too much for Shoreham to handle. Davis hit a baseline jumper with 4:40 left in the third quarter that cut Islip’s lead to 26-23. But the Bucs responded with an 8-0 run to build the lead back to 11.

“The kids battled but they were just too big for us,” Culhane said.

The Wildcats kept it close in the first half but never led after briefly holding a 10-7 lead with 2:20 left in the opening quarter. The game was tied at 17 late in the second quarter before the Bucs closed out the half on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good.

Islip forward John Horowitz led the Bucs with 20 points and he connected on five three-pointers. He sank a dagger with two seconds left in the third quarter that pushed Islip’s lead to 10 going into the fourth.

The Wildcats shot 6-of-10 from beyond the arc in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback.

Islip center Andrew Oberg caused trouble for Shoreham all game. He finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds. It didn’t help for the Wildcats when one of their top inside players, Mike Clancy picked up two fouls 1:56 into the game. He picked up a third foul in the first minute of the third quarter, relegating him to the bench once again.

“The kid Oberg had a fantastic game,” Culhane said. “We did a good job against two of the other kids but Oberg beat us. They’re a very good team. There’s no shame in losing to them.”

The Wildcats shot 30 percent from the field and were 7-of-21 from three. Islip shot 42 percent and was 5-of-13 from three. Islip hit 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes.

“We gave a great effort,” Culhane said. “They beat us, we didn’t beat ourselves.”

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239 Comment

  • Sucks for Marc…

  • Land of the free?What a joke way too many rules and regulations.

  • Imagine if Greenport had a parking garage then at peak seasons tourists could actually park close by and eat at these restaurants. Part of Front street could then be made into a pedestrian mall. Think what that kind of foot traffic would do for the BID.

  • “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
    Blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind,
    Do this, don’t do that,
    Can’t you read the sign.” “Signs” by Les Emmerson of 5 Man Electric Band- 1970.
    Some things never change.

  • About time…what’s the big deal!!!!!

  • I hope they will be serving squid!
    Seriously, the wisdom of another restaurant in an area already packed with restaurants aside, why would the attorney for the Village impose and the attorney for the applicant accept a condition that the approval of the use is personal to the operator?
    Isn’t it a basic principle of land use regulation that it is about the land and the use and not the owner?
    Also the periodic review sounds like an unprecedented and questionable condition.

  • This only ensures the failure of another local business… there is no way for an operator to get equity with a conditional use… The planning board has no right to require the operator to come back so much… Mr. Webley… i hope you rethink investing 100k to open a restaurant in a space where you have even less tables and no certainty to your ability to operate year to year… If they do move forward with these conditions, i have a bridge in brooklyn i am interested in selling…

  • Why does it suck for me? We are doing great and will continue to for as long as we are happy doing it. I wish these guys the best of luck. I stated my opinion. You took it and ran with it.

    How great is it that you can call me out by name and you use the name “guest”. So noble of you. ; ) Im sure someone… somewhere is proud of you.

  • Congrats.One more place to try this summer.

  • In addition to the above the planning board dictated, the applicant must maintain and provide upkeep to a right of way that they contend he does not own, to replace a chain link fence on that disputed piece of property and on the adjacent neighbor’s property also. He was instructed on what type of utensils the patrons must use and also to the hours of operation (also on ground cover, umbrellas, awnings, lighting, the shape of the tables and other things too numerous to list). I guess the applicant should consider themselves lucky, at least the board did not nit pick the menu and forbid him from selling cupcakes or clams, if he so chose.

  • john, the site was not approved for a restaurant in previous years. One may assume that is why all the guidelines. And get off the cupcake kick. The kid proved his point. Give credit when credit is due. Or just continue to be a d-bag. Whatever you like fine sir.

  • Stop focusing on peak season. Focus on off season. Then you will have a town.