Knicks star Carmelo Anthony wasn’t the only basketball player in New York lighting up the scoreboard in a big way last week.
Bridgehampton forward Josh Lamison broke out for 50 points in his team’s 84-72 home win over Class D rival Smithtown Christian (5-7 in League VIII, 5-9 overall) on Friday night. Lamison, a sophomore, was just two points shy of the school record, set by Bobby Hopson in 1990, but he did set a new single-game scoring high on Long Island for this season.
Lamison scored all of his team’s 22 points in the fourth quarter, and made a total of 21 field goals for the game, with eight free throws and no three-pointers. He also finished with 18 rebounds.
To say that Lamison put his team on his back in what was a very crucial game would be a huge understatement. Bridgehampton (5-6 in League VIII, 6-7 overall) went into the game down two starters, with guard Elijah Jackson out for at least three weeks with a hairline fracture in his ankle and guard Jerome Walker sidelined with mild concussion symptoms. And when starting point guard Tylik Furman fouled out midway through the third quarter, Lamison had to add ball-handling duties to his list of responsibilities.
“Once Tylik went out, I was thinking, man, this is going to be a long game,” Bridgehampton head coach Carl Johnson said. “We had built up a lead, but it wasn’t a sizable lead. I knew [Smithtown Christian] would press us, but that just gave Josh room to operate. I think 85 percent of the time, he came down full-court. We had instructed him if he has the range to go for it, and he did. He carried us.”
Both Johnson and Lamison said they were stunned to find out how many points Lamison had scored at the end of the game when they looked in the scorebook. “I had no clue,” Johnson said. “I thought maybe he had 30, but I never would have thought 50.”
“I had no idea,” he said. “I was just playing basketball.”
Once he found out, however, Lamison, a three-year varsity player, was pretty happy.
“It felt really great, because I love playing basketball and I thank God for giving me the talent to play this well,” he said.
Lamison added that he knew his team would have to rely on him even more when Furman fouled out, and he was fine with that.
“Once he fouled out, I knew all the pressure would be on me so I just accepted it,” he said.
Furman had a strong game before fouling out, finishing with 21 points, while Anajae Lamb scored seven points and Kevin Feliciano had six.
Before Lamison’s history-making performance, the Killer Bees were upended by first-place Stony Brook (10-1, 11-1), losing 70-48 at home a day earlier. Bridgehampton was without Walker and Jackson in this game as well, and Johnson said without them, his team simply didn’t have the manpower to keep pace with the defending Suffolk County Class C champs.
“We were outgunned,” Johnson said. “Playing against that team with a full complement of players is even tough, so to be down two starters, we knew it was going to be a difficult night for us. [Stony Brook] has everything; size, athletic ability, length; it’s the whole package. You have to have a real solid game in order to have a chance to beat those guys.”
Furman led Bridgehampton with 19 points while Lamison had 15 and Lamb added 11.
Johnson said he expected Walker to be back in the lineup for the next game, but said Jackson will be out for three or four weeks.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 1/28, at Stony Brook, 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 1/31, vs. Southold, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 2/4, at Shelter Island, 4 p.m.