The Pierson boys basketball team kept its hold on first place in League VIII with a trio of wins last week, moving to 6-1 in league, 6-3 overall.
The Whalers started off with a 57-48 win at Shelter Island on Monday, followed by a 68-49 win over Greenport at home, before wrapping up the week with a 75-21 romp over last-place Knox School in Smithtown on Friday.
Pierson head coach Dan White was happy with his team’s effort in the win over Greenport, giving credit to the defense.
“Our defense was the difference in that game,” he said, pointing out that guard Ian Barrett did a great job on Greenport’s leading scorer Gavin Dibble, holding him to just 11 points, well below his season average of 27 points.
“This was a huge accomplishment as a team and personally for Ian,” White added.
The game was close until midway through the fourth quarter, when freshman guard Sean Sloane hit three three-pointers down the stretch to give Pierson a more comfortable lead. Sloane finished with 19 points, while senior guard Forrest Loesch led the team with 25 points. Forwards Robbie Evjen and Duncan Bennett each had eight points and 10 rebounds, while Barrett chipped in six assists.
“I think our execution was the best it has been all year against Greenport,” White said. “We had a very specific defensive philosophy and did a good job staying with it for 32 minutes.”
Against Knox, the Whalers were in control from the opening tip, leading 20-6 after the first quarter and 39-9 at halftime. Ten players got into the scoring act for Pierson, led by Loesch with 24 points. Evjen had 12 points and Garrett Potter added 10.
Like the boys team, the Pierson girls basketball squad also sits atop League VIII, and is coming off one of its best performances of the year in a 49-30 win at Mercy on January 6. The victory moved Pierson to 4-1 in league, 5-6 overall.
Head coach Kevin Barron was equally impressed with his team’s efforts on offense and defense.
“Mercy was our best game offensively so far this season,” he said. “We did an excellent job passing the ball the entire game and finding the open shot. We were very patient against their aggressive half-court trap defense.
“Our defense was also excellent, creating a lot of turnovers,” Barron added.
Guard Kasey Gilbride led Pierson with 16 points and seven steals, while forward Erica Selyukova had seven points, five steals and 13 rebounds. Eilis Sheil added eight points and Isabel Peters had seven.
The Lady Whalers were scheduled to visit Wyandanch for a non-league game on January 8 but it was postponed and rescheduled for February 3. Pierson will also face East Hampton in a non-league game on January 22.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 1/14, vs. Ross, 6:15 p.m.; Saturday, 1/18, vs. Bridgehampton, 2 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/21, at Smithtown Christian, 4:30 p.m. Girls—Saturday, 1/18, at Port Jefferson, 10 a.m.; Wednesday, 1/22, vs. East Hampton, 6:15 p.m. (non-league); Friday, 1/24, at Stony Brook, 7:30 p.m.