Junior forward Bruno Cavallo scored 25 of his career-high 34 points in the first half as the Hampton Bays boys basketball team defeated Ross 78-43 on Friday, December 5.
Hampton Bays head coach Pete Meehan said his team played the way he hoped it would in its first non-league game of the season.
“I was trying to get us off to a good start and get some positive vibes going,” he said.
Meehan didn’t think the score really portrayed Ross in a positive light.
“They’re not a terrible team,” Meehan said, “They’ll compete in League VIII.”
The Ravens kept the game close in the first quarter by making a handful of three-pointers, but Hampton Bays had a 23-18 lead by the start of the second quarter because the Ravens could not stop Cavallo, who had 13 points in the first quarter.
Meehan told his team at the beginning of the game to attack the basket and that’s exactly what it did. Bayman senior forward Chris Rydberg had 12 points and 10 rebounds while senior forward Davi Assis scored 10 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Sophomore point guard Cameron Booth scored seven points with a career-high nine assists and eight rebounds.
“I thought Booth played very well,” Meehan said. “His success isn’t going to be determined by point totals. His turnovers and assists are two key numbers for him. He’s going to have some nights where we’re going to need him to score some points, but he played very well distributing the ball and finding the open man.”
Hampton Bays mixed up its defensive tactics throughout the game, giving the Ravens a lot of different looks and keeping them off balance for much of the contest. Toward the end of the game, Meehan had his players play a man-to-man defense that limited Ross to 11 fourth quarter points.
“That was a good start,” Meehan said of the win. “This week we’ll find out more about ourselves. That was our one soft spot on the schedule. We get right into it with two tough non-league games this week and two tough league games next week.”
Hampton Bays played Comsewogue (League V) on Tuesday and will play West Islip (League II) at home on Friday at 7 p.m. Both teams will surely give the Baymen much stiffer competition as they lost to both teams last season by a combined 39 points. Meehan said he’d like to see people come to the game on Friday as it will be Coaches versus Cancer night. Tickets for the game will be $5 for adults and $3 for students and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
The Baymen will play Southampton, League VII champion last season, on Tuesday at home at 5:45 p.m. in the first league game of the season and then they will play at Port Jefferson (11-3 League VII, 18-5 overall last season) on Friday, December 16 at 6:45 p.m.