It’s hard to find a bigger discrepancy in talent from top to bottom than what exists in League VIII boys basketball.
At the top is Greenport, a team poised to make a return to the state tournament and a run at the Class D title. The Porters have defeated some of the largest schools in the county and have a superstar in forward Ryan Creighton, who is currently the fourth all-time leading scorer in Long Island history. In two of their three league wins thus far this season, the Porters have scored more than 100 points.
At the bottom sits Smithtown Christian, a school that has struggled to field a competitive varsity team and has been forced to take seasons off, competing with only a junior varsity squad. Smithtown Christian is 0-4 in league play and has failed to score 50 points in a game this year. In between those two squads, the talent level is more even, which gives teams such as Bridgehampton a chance at making the playoffs. Teams must win half of their games in league play to qualify for the postseason. Thus far, the Killer Bees are in a good shape despite the fact that they are young and somewhat inexperienced as a group. The Bees got a taste of the best and worst in the league last week, suffering a 101-41 home loss to Greenport on January 6 before rebounding with a 56-34 win over Smithtown Christian at home on Friday. The split moved Bridgehampton to 2-2 in the league standings.
Forward Cesar Banados led the Bees with 18 points against Smithtown Christian, while point guard Ansley Wyche finished with 17 points. In the loss to Greenport, Wyche was the only Bridgehampton player in double figures with 22 points. Greenport had four players in double figures, led by Creighton who finished with 23 points, nine assists and 10 rebounds. Wally Sorenson had a triple-double for the Porters with 23 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds.
Bridgehampton was scheduled to host Ross on Wednesday and will visit Stony Brook on Friday, January 16, for a 7:30 p.m. game.