Balanced Scoring Leads Mariners To Pair Of Wins

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Balanced scoring has been the calling card for the Southampton boys basketball team in recent years, and this season is no different. In a pair of League VII wins last week, the Mariners had four players reach double-digits in each game, with a few others coming very close. Southampton improved to 4-2 in league play, 7-2 overall, after beating Wyandanch, 68-60, on the road on Friday and cruising past Port Jefferson, 68-34, on January 7. As of Monday morning, the Mariners were in third place in the league, behind Center Moriches and Babylon, both 5-1.

Against Wyandanch, the Mariners overcame a slow start—they fell behind 10-0 to start the game—and had a 19-point lead by the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors made it interesting, though, going on a run to cut the lead to single digits in the final quarter.

“It seemed like we relaxed a bit going into the fourth,” Southampton head coach Herm Lamison said of his team. “[Wyandanch] made some plays, and we had to make some more plays down the stretch.”

Shaundell Fishburne hit a few key shots at the end of the game to stall Wyandanch’s momentum. He led all scorers with 19 points and added six rebounds and five assists. Israel Johnson had what Lamison said was “probably one of his best games of the season,” finishing with 14 points, six assists and three rebounds. Isaiah Johnson and Nitauke Williams each had 10 points, while Taylor Sanders and Lyle Smith each had seven points, and a combined 16 rebounds.

Against Port Jefferson, the Mariners established their dominance early on, taking a 19-10 lead after the first quarter. While the Royals aren’t considered one of the stronger teams in the league, they were tied going into the fourth quarter in a loss to Babylon, and lost by just one point to Center Moriches, proving they can hang with the top teams in the league.

“I thought we came out and played well with a lot of energy,” Lamison said of his team. “We went out and grabbed control of the game pretty early on.”

Sanders led all scorers with 23 points, while Fishburne added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Isaiah Johnson had 11 points, Nitauke Williams had 10, and Lyle Smith added nine points and 13 rebounds.

“If we can have four guys in double figures every night, that’s a beautiful thing,” Lamison said.

ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 1/14, vs. Mattituck, 6:15 p.m.; Thursday, 1/16, vs. Hampton Bays, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/21, at Mercy, 6:15 p.m.; Thursday, 1/23, vs. Babylon, 6:15 p.m.

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