The Westhampton Beach boys basketball team had a scare just before the holiday break when several players, including a few other Westhampton Beach students, were involved in a car accident on Eastport Manor Road on Sunday, December 22.
Everyone involved walked away with only minor bumps and bruises, according to head coach John Baumiller, who noted that the accident put high school athletics on the back burner—at least for a few hours.
The following day the Hurricanes had a non-league game scheduled at Port Jefferson and Baumiller was ready to postpone or even cancel the contest because of the prior day’s events. But all of his players showed up for the game and even though the Hurricanes would go on to lose, 53-45, to the Royals, increasing their then season-high losing streak to three games, the final outcome did not matter all that much.
“The game became secondary,” Baumiller said. “But everyone is fine, thank God,”
A few days later, on December 27, Westhampton Beach (2-2 League V, 4-4 overall) halted its losing streak with a 53-36 victory over East Hampton in the opening game of the inaugural Anthony Parlato “Help Someone Today” Memorial Tournament. The following day, the Hurricanes lost, 59-44, to host Center Moriches.
Westhampton Beach had a balanced scoring attack in the victory over East Hampton. Devonte Dixon led the way with 17 points, while Mike Frangeskos finished with 13 points and Luke Dyer pitched in with eight. John Frangeskos and Liam Huysman each scored seven points in a game in which the Canes led 32-13 at halftime.
“The kids played very well,” Baumiller said. “The best part was that I think we came together as a team. A lot of people contributed. It was good.”
Center Moriches, Baumiller said, was tough to play with its imposing man-to-man defense. The Red Devils led 27-15 at halftime, and although the Canes played much better in the second half, the first half deficit was too much to make up.
“We didn’t play all that well, but give Center Moriches kudos for doing a good job,” Baumiller said.
The Canes were scheduled to play Shoreham/Wading River in a non-league game on Friday but it was canceled because of the snowstorm. Baumiller said he is not sure if the game will be made up. He is, however, looking forward to getting back on track in League V. The Canes have lost two in a row in league play and are hoping to end that streak this week.
The Westhampton Beach girls basketball team had its only game scheduled over the holiday break postponed Friday because of the snowstorm. Instead, the Lady Canes will now host Miller Place on Saturday, January 25, at 11:45 a.m.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Saturday, 1/11, vs. Elwood/John Glenn (non-league), noon.; Tuesday, 1/14, at Islip, 5:45 p.m. Girls— Saturday, 1/11, at East Hampton (non-league), 11:45 a.m.; Tuesday, 1/14, vs. Islip, 4:30 p.m.