After a tough loss to Center Moriches in the consolation game of the SYS Holiday Classic back on December 23, the Southampton boys basketball team rebounded at the Eastern Basketball Officials Tournament at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue on December 29, beating Longwood 59-39 to win the tournament.
A day earlier, the Mariners edged Bayport/Blue Point, 60-58, in the first round.
The wins moved Southampton to 2-2 in League VII, 5-2 overall.
Against Longwood, forward Taylor Sanders was a force for Southampton, scoring a career-high 27 points to go along with four steals, seven rebounds and two assists. Sanders scored 15 of his team’s 19 third-quarter points. Shaundell Fishburne, the team’s leading scorer, finished with 13 points and 10 assists, most of which went to Sanders. Fishburne also had four steals. Lyle Smith chipped in nine points, seven steals and six rebounds, while Isaiah Johnson had seven points.
The Mariners had a tougher time in the first-round game with Bayport, playing from behind most of the game and falling behind, 29-23, at halftime. Southampton head coach Herm Lamison said that a stronger effort on defense late in the game led his team to the win. The teams were tied with eight seconds left when Fishburne was fouled on his way to the basket. He hit a pair of free throws that gave his team the lead for good, and Southampton intercepted the Bayport inbounds pass with 3.4 seconds left to end the threat. Fishburne led the team with 24 points, while Sanders had 18.
Sanders was named the tournament MVP, while Smith and Fishburne were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Before the holiday break, Fishburne put himself in rare company by reaching the 1,000-point scoring plateau in an 83-32 win over Mercy on December 17. Fishburne went into the game needing just 11 points, and he got them all in the first quarter. Lamison said he wasn’t surprised that Fishburne, a senior and four-year varsity player, reached the milestone.
“He’s a scorer; he can score the ball,” Lamison said. The coach added that Fishburne is the only player he’s had on varsity for a full four years, and said that Fishburne always lived up to his potential.
“He’s been steady all the way through,” he said. “He came in with an abundance of talent, and he’s a special player.”
In their only game over the break, the Lady Mariners lost, 51-21, at home to Center Moriches on Saturday. The loss dropped Southampton to 1-2 in League VII, 3-3 overall. Southampton was outscored 16-6 in the first quarter and fell behind by 21 points at halftime. Noelle Hodges led Southampton with eight points while Sydney Katz had six.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 1/7, vs. Port Jefferson, 6:15 p.m.; Friday, 1/10, at Wyandanch, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/14, vs. Mattituck, 6:15 p.m. Girls—Tuesday, 1/7, at Southold/Greenport, 6:15 p.m.; Friday, 1/10, vs. Wyandanch, 6:15 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/14, at Mattituck, 5:45 p.m.