The Bridgehampton boys basketball team finally got in the win column on Saturday with a 63-55 win at East Rockaway in a non-league game.
With the win, the Killer Bees improved to 1-5 overall, 0-3 in League VIII play.
It was not a surprise that Bridgehampton’s first win coincided with the first action on the floor for starting point guard Tylik Furman, who had been sidelined with an injury for the previous games. Bridgehampton head coach Carl Johnson said that despite being “a little rusty,” Furman was able to get back to his duties distributing the ball, which in turn, Johnson said, helped his teammates focus on their normal duties.
The Killer Bees finished with four players in double figures, led by forward Josh Lamison, who had 23 points. Elijah Jackson finished with 14 points, while Anajae Lamb had 12 and Furman had 10.
“You could see where we were able to do things defensively that we weren’t able to do [when Furman was out],” Johnson said. “And we had four guys in double figures. Other guys didn’t have to worry about handling the ball.”
The game was a back-and-forth battle throughout, but the Killer Bees were the stronger team when it mattered. After East Rockaway tied the game at 51-51 with four minutes left, Bridgehampton took control.
“We were able to handle their pressure and get great shots, and we hit our free throws,” Johnson said of his team’s effort down the stretch.
Johnson said the return of Furman was evident in every aspect of the game. “It was a different team than the one I’ve seen in previous games,” he said. “So it was definitely a big difference. It really looked good.”
By contrast, Johnson used the word “ugly” to describe his team’s 61-48 loss at Smithtown Christian on December 17. He said that the Knights are a decent team, and possess three front-court players he estimated to be more than 6 feet tall, but said his team didn’t have a great effort on top of that.
“We got trounced,” he said. “[Smithtown Christian] is going to be tough to beat at home. They have some length that gave us some problems. But we just didn’t come out with any intensity, and we turned the ball over.”
Smithtown Christian took control of the game early, going up 23-10 after the first quarter. Bridgehampton played the Knights evenly in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to make a serious threat.
Lamison led Bridgehampton with 18 points, while Jackson had 17.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Friday, 1/3, at Southold, 6:15 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/7, vs. Shelter Island, 6 p.m.; Friday, 1/10, at Greenport, 6:15 p.m.