Nearly every League VI game was a nail-biter for the East Hampton boys basketball team last year, and that trend continued in its league opener on December 11 in East Hampton.
Failure to execute down the stretch resulted in a 49-48 loss to the Wildcats, dropping East Hampton to 1-1 on the year, 0-1 in league play.
East Hampton had a lead late in the game, but Shoreham won it with a pair of free throws with four seconds left. The Bonackers got off a good attempt in the final seconds, but it missed the mark.
Head coach Bill McKee pointed to several statistics that he said told the story of the game. First was his team’s lack of punch on offense, illustrated by its inability to score more than 50 points. He also pointed out that his team had 12 offensive rebounds in the first half—and 18 for the game—but had only 23 points at halftime.
“We just didn’t convert the offensive rebounds into points, and they should have been,” he said.
While the Bonackers turned the ball over only 10 times in the game, they had two turnovers and a missed foul shot late in the game, which proved to be costly.
“We just didn’t execute at the end of the game,” McKee said. “We didn’t really execute very well the entire game. I felt like we gave [Shoreham] the game by making critical mistakes at the end. It was a disappointing loss.”
Kyle McKee led East Hampton with 13 points, while Brendan Hughes had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Thomas Nelson added 16 rebounds.
East Hampton was scheduled to visit Eastport South Manor for a non-league game on Saturday, but it was postponed due to the snow. As of Monday, it had not been rescheduled yet, but McKee said it would.
The Lady Bonackers improved to 1-3 overall, 0-1 in League VI play, after a 53-41 non-league win over Southold/Greenport at home on December 12. After playing to a 22-22 halftime tie, East Hampton took control in the third quarter, outscoring Southold, 19-9.
Sophia DePasquale led East Hampton with 13 points, while Ali Harned and Jackie Messemer each had 10, and Carley Seekamp chipped in eight.
Two days earlier, East Hampton lost, 53-19, at Shoreham in its league opener. Harned led East Hampton in that loss with seven points.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 12/17, at Amityville, 4 p.m.; Thursday, 12/19, at Glenn, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 12/21, first round of SYS Holiday Classic at Southampton High School, 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12/22, consolation and finals of Holiday Classic at East Hampton High School, 1 p.m.; Friday, 12/27, at Center Moriches Tournament, 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Girls—Saturday, 12/21, at Glenn, 1 p.m.; Friday, 1/3, at Pierson (non-league), 6:15 p.m.