The East Hampton boys basketball team avenged a loss in a big way last week, beating Shoreham/Wading River, 46-29, in Shoreham on Friday night. It was a big turnaround from the first meeting between the teams, where the Bonackers were edged, 49-48, on December 10.
The win, combined with a 52-50 loss at Bayport/Blue Point on January 14, moved East Hampton to 3-4 in League VI, 5-6 overall.
The Bonackers held Shoreham to just six points in the first quarter, and had built a 29-17 lead by halftime. Kyle McKee led East Hampton with 19 points, while Brendan Hughes had 10, Danny McKee had nine, and Thomas Nelson had four points and 13 rebounds.
In the loss to Bayport, the Bonackers made a big comeback effort in the fourth, outscoring the Phantoms 15-5 in that frame, but couldn’t get over the hump. Brendon Kennedy-Gay led East Hampton with 15 points, while Kyle McKee and Nelson each had 10 and Hughes had eight.
East Hampton will need to go 3-2 over its final five league games to earn a playoff spot in Class A.
The Lady Bonackers fell to 1-7 in League VI, 2-10 overall after their fifth straight loss, a 59-32 defeat at home at the hands of Elwood/John Glenn. Before that loss, East Hampton was downed 44-25 at home against Shoreham on January 16 and lost 42-21 at home to Bayport on January 14. The losses officially eliminated East Hampton from playoff contention.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Thursday, 1/23, vs. Amityville, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1/25, vs. Glenn, 11 a.m.; Friday, 1/31, vs. Mount Sinai, 6 p.m. Girls—Wednesday, 1/22, at Pierson (non-league), 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 1/24, at Amityville, 6:15 p.m.; Friday, 1/31, at Mount Sinai, 4 p.m.