The Westhampton Beach boys basketball team made it a clean sweep of cross-town rival Eastport South Manor with a 45-40 victory over the Sharks on their home court on Friday night. The Hurricanes had defeated ESM, 51-42, at home in the first League V game of the season for both teams back on December 11.
Westhampton Beach held a lead for much of Friday night’s game at ESM. The Hurricanes missed a few free throws towards the end of the game but ESM couldn’t capitalize on the misses. Westhampton Beach senior Mike Frangeskos scored 13 points while junior Devonte Dixon had nine points, four assists and 10 rebounds.
Westhampton Beach head coach John Baumiller said it was a good way to bounce back after suffering a tough 60-53 loss at last-place Islip on January 14. “They were a little down after that loss, so it was good to see them come back and play hard,” he said.
ESM head coach Chris Carlson was disappointed, to say the least, with the loss. He expected the game be played like a playoff game, and other than praising his senior point guard Mike Cestare to holding Dixon to just nine points, Carlson didn’t like what he saw. Senior Dennis Sullivan scored just seven points. Senior Chris Goncalves posted a team-high 16 points.
“I don’t want to take anything away from [Westhampton Beach], but we did not come to compete at all,” he said. “When loose balls are on the ground and we’re not getting dirty, we’re not taking good screens, not hustling on the court, it really is just unacceptable. Not coming to compete is the reason why we lost.”
Carlson was scratching his head as to how his team played against Westhampton Beach since it was coming off a solid 71-63 victory over Comsewogue at home on January 14 where his team played hard. Sullivan finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Goncalves had 23 points and a career-high 21 rebounds.
“Defensively we did a nice job, and we were attacking the basket,” he said. “We went from one extreme to another in the course of four days. It’s frustrating.”
Both ESM and Westhampton Beach are 3-4 in League V and still have opportunities to make the postseason. To make the playoffs, each team must have at least a .500 record.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Westhampton Beach—Tuesday, 1/21, vs. Sayville; Friday, 1/24, at Rocky Point, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/28, vs. Harborfields, 4 p.m. ESM—Tuesday, 1/21, at Islip; Friday, 1/24, at Miller Place (non-league), 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 1/28, vs. Sayville, 6:30 p.m.