The East Hampton boys basketball team had decidedly different outcomes in a pair of games played at the Anthony Parlato “Help Someone Today” Memorial Tournament at Center Moriches High School on December 27 and 28.
In their opening round game against Westhampton Beach, the Bonackers struggled on offense in a 53-36 loss, mustering only 13 points at halftime and reaching double digits in just one quarter, the fourth, with 16 points. By contrast, in an 82-67 win over Mattituck in the consolation game, the Bonackers had no trouble scoring, racking up almost as many points in the first quarter as they did in the entire game against the Hurricanes. East Hampton enjoyed a 53-33 lead at halftime over the Tuckers, cruising to the win.
Thomas Nelson had a monster game with 23 points and 21 rebounds, while Brendan Hughes had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon Kennedy-Gay added 16 points and Kyle McKee had 12 while Danny McKee added nine.
In the loss to Westhampton Beach, Kyle McKee led East Hampton with 13 points while Kennedy-Gay had 10, Hughes had seven and Nelson had six.
The Bonackers moved to 0-3 in League VI, 2-5 overall.
The tournament honored Anthony Parlato, the father of Center Moriches player Anthony Parlato Jr. The older Parlato died in April and he was vice president of the Moriches Community Center. His son had eight assists, eight steals, four points and four rebounds to lead Center Moriches in a 74-56 win over Mattituck in the final.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 1/7, at Mount Sinai, 4 p.m.; Thursday, 1/9, vs. Miller Place, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/14, at Bayport/Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 1/10, at Shoreham/Wading River, 4:30 p.m.