So far, 2014 has been a good year for the Southampton boys basketball team.
The Mariners are 4-0 since the start of the new year, and have put together a six-game winning streak that started with a 60-58 win over Bayport/Blue Point in a tournament on December 28. Southampton has not lost since falling, 89-78, to League VII rival Center Moriches back on December 23.
Last week, the Mariners picked up two more league wins to improve to 6-2 in league play, 9-2 overall, behind only Center Moriches and Babylon, both 6-1 in league play. Southampton was convincing in its wins last week as well, beating Mattituck (4-3), 78-52, at home on January 14, before getting past Hampton Bays (0-8), 69-39, two days later at home.
The Mariners got off to a good start in the win over Mattituck, going up 21-7 in the first quarter. The Tuckers rallied to tie it at 37-37 at one point in the third quarter, but the Mariners went on a run again and took back control.
Southampton head coach Herm Lamison said he didn’t necessarily expect to dominate the Tuckers, and said his team’s defensive effort was particularly key in leading to the lopsided score.
“Mattituck is a good team—they’ve played everybody tough,” he said. “I think it was more what we did defensively that helped us at the other end of the floor.”
Southampton got the kind of balanced scoring it has enjoyed in most of its wins this year, led by guard Shaundell Fishburne, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forwards Isaiah Johnson and Lyle Smith each had 15 points, while forward Naises Fulford added 10.
The Mariners had four players in double figures in the win over Hampton Bays as well, led by Fishburne and Taylor Sanders, who each had 13 points. Fishburne also added six rebounds and four assists. Johnson added 11 points, while Smith had 10 points along with seven rebounds.
Lamison said that having balanced scoring, and getting contributions from a variety of players on any given night, has been a big part of his team’s success.
“The more guys that can get us to that point, the better it is,” he said. “It just makes it difficult for other teams to cover you.”
Lamison isn’t expecting any breaks for his team as the rest of the regular season plays out, particularly with games against Babylon and Center Moriches on the horizon again. He said he simply hopes his team can keep heading in the right direction.
“We’re just hoping to continue on the winning streak we’re on and hoping to work on the things that have caused us problems in the past,” he said. “Mainly, it’s just our focus in games, because that deals with all the other issues.”
The Lady Mariners fell to 2-4 in League VII, 5-5 overall, with a pair of losses last week. Southampton lost, 62-37, at Hampton Bays (5-1) on Thursday, January 16, after a 45-26 defeat at Mattituck (3-2) on January 14. Senior guard Noelle Hodges led Southampton with 16 points in the loss to the Lady Baymen, but her team was unable to overcome a slow start, falling behind 14-6 after the first quarter. Saimona Ward added eight points for Southampton, while Chloe Scheuch had six.
A slow start was an issue in the loss to Mattituck as well, as Southampton fell behind 11-4 after the first quarter and 27-13 at halftime. Hodges led her team with 13 points, while Ward and Sydney Katz each added six.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 1/21, at Mercy, 6:15 p.m.; Thursday, 1/23, vs. Babylon, 6:15 p.m.; Wednesday, 1/29, at Center Moriches, 6:15 p.m. Girls—Friday, 1/24, at Babylon, 6:15 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/28, at Center Moriches, 6:15 p.m.