The East Hampton boys basketball team had a grueling week of four games in six days, all of which wound up being losses for the Bonackers.
After suffering two League VI defeats to start the week—an 81-44 loss at Amityville on December 17 and a 75-50 loss at Elwood/John Glenn two days later—East Hampton lost its two games in the SYS Holiday Classic Tournament over the weekend. On Saturday, the Bonackers lost, 76-71, to the Dalton School of New York City at Southampton High School, then returned home on Sunday only to lose, 68-48, to Southampton.
Center Moriches defeated the Dalton School, 57-52, to win the tournament.
East Hampton head coach Bill McKee said his players were upset with the losses last week, but he noted that the team showed improvement from its league games to the tournament. “By no stretch of the imagination am I happy that we lost, but I was happy with the effort in the SYS games,” he said. “I thought we competed better than we previously had in the two league games.
“Relatively speaking, we have a young team, and it’s showing,” McKee added. “I just hope we continue to improve.”
The score in the loss to Southampton on Sunday was not quite indicative of how the game was actually played. The Mariners led by just four points heading into the fourth quarter, when the Bonackers failed to register a single point and were outscored 15-0.
McKee said he could tell his team got tired down the stretch, which was understandable after playing its fourth game in six days. “You have to give credit to Southampton’s defense,” he said. “That certainly had something to do with it.”
The game against Dalton was close, too, as it was tied heading into the fourth quarter. Dalton hit a three-pointer to go up by five points with about two minutes remaining, and the Bonackers were relegated to fouling Dalton to try and come back. Dalton hit its free throws, though, going 17 of 20 from the line throughout the game. East Hampton shot just eight of 15 from the line.
“Dalton was a lot bigger than we were. We got beat on the boards,” McKee said. “We didn’t shoot particularly well that day, but we did have our chances.”
As for the two leagues losses, McKee said his team simply didn’t play well against Glenn and was overmatched in their loss to Amityville.
“Collectively, as a group, I think we’re heading in the right direction,” McKee said. “The kids are disappointed, because it was a rough week.
“What we’re really trying to do is get ready for the league season,” he added. “Right now, we’re 0-3 in the league, and that’s really where our focus is. After the break, there are no more non-league games, so, hopefully, with the games we’ve been playing, we’ll end up becoming more competitive in our league games.”
East Hampton will be competing in the inaugural Anthony Parlato “Help Someone Today” Memorial Tournament at Center Moriches High School on Friday and Saturday. There is a $3 admission to all of the games, and proceeds benefit the Moriches Community Center and the Anthony Parlato Scholarship Fund. Anthony Parlato III was a Center Moriches resident who died unexpectedly this past spring. His son, Anthony Parlato IV, is a member of the Center Moriches boys basketball team. Westhampton Beach and Mattituck will also be competing in the tournament.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Friday, 12/27, vs. Westhampton Beach at Center Moriches, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 12/28, at Center Moriches; Tuesday, 1/7, at Mount Sinai, 4 p.m.; Thursday, 1/9, vs. Miller Place, 6 p.m.