The Hampton Bays boys basketball team lost more than its road game against Patchogue/Medford on Friday night.
Junior Bayman Bruno Cavallo hit the back of his head against the hardwood while attempting to block a shot four seconds into the contest, suffering a hairline fracture to his skull that caused minor bleeding on his brain. Cavallo, the leading scorer for Hampton Bays entering Friday’s contest, will not require surgery to heal his injuries though he will most likely miss the remainder of the season.
“He landed not on his head, but on his back and ribs,” said Hampton Bays head coach Peter Meehan on Saturday night, noting that Cavallo’s head then struck the floor. “It didn’t appear to be that bad at first.”
Witnesses said Cavallo never lost consciousness. He was immobilized by paramedics and placed on a backboard. He was then taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center.
While Meehan believed that Cavallo was going to be released from the hospital on Monday, the junior showed some swelling on the brain in his most recent CAT scans and doctors have decided to keep him in the hospital for a couple more days.
Cavallo’s parents, Joe and Donna Cavallo were still at the hospital with their son on Monday, according to Meehan. While the news the doctors gave them on Monday was not encouraging, it is a fairly common effect of post-concussion syndrome, he said.
Meehan added that Friday’s incident marked the second time that Cavallo had suffered a head injury in the past six months. He suffered a concussion in early August, an injury that required several stitches and three days in the hospital. Meehan said that the occurrence of two head injuries in such a short time span would probably keep Cavallo off the court for the rest of the season.
“The one this summer was frightening,” Meehan said of Cavallo’s first injury. “He was a little apprehensive when he returned … but he’s a basketball player. He’s a physical player; it’s the only way he knows how to play the game.”
The Baymen dropped to 3-4 on the season following their 72-57 loss at Patchogue/Medford on Friday night.
Cavallo had been averaging nearly 23 points a game and 10 rebounds a game for the Baymen entering Friday’s contest against Patchogue/Medford.
Coach Meehan said he is hopeful that his star player will be able to play his senior year.
“He’s a basketball player and has a passion for the game,” he added. “He’s a competitor. He’s a warrior. He knows how to play the game.”
Staff reporter Beth Young contributed to this story.