The Amityville boys basketball team displayed its dominance in the Suffolk County Class A semifinals on Tuesday, defeating visiting Westhampton Beach, 72-54, ending what had been the Hurricanes’ best season since 2000.
The victory advanced the defending county and Long Island Champion Warriors to the Class A Championship game on Saturday, February 22, at Farmingdale State College. They will face off against Elwood/John Glenn.
Westhampton Beach head coach John Baumiller didn’t have too much to say following the playoff loss, but did note that he was proud of what his team had been able to accomplish this season. The Canes ended a 27-game league winless streak, upset one of the better teams on Long Island in Harborfields, made the playoffs for the first time since 2003, and was able to host a playoff game—and win it—for the first time since 2000.
Baumiller added that had his team brought its ‘A’ game, it would have been a much different affair. “Too many turnovers, but you have to give them credit—they’re long and quick,” he said of Amityville. “I’m proud of our guys for getting here.”
Westhampton Beach found itself down 17-4 by the end of the first quarter, after Amityville ended the frame on a 10-0 run. But the Canes responded right away in the second and went toe-to-toe with the Warriors. Still, Westhampton Beach trailed 36-26 at halftime.
The closest the Canes got to trimming Amityville’s lead came with about 90 seconds remaining in the third quarter, when senior John Frangeskos scored on a layup, followed by another layup by senior captain Mike Frangeskos, who received a nice pass from junior Devonte Dixon.
By the end of the third, though, the Warriors built their lead back up to 12 points, 54-42, then, almost two minutes into the fourth quarter, Amityville senior Travis Dickerson sunk a three pointer to give his team a commanding 61-44 lead and put the finishing touches on the victory.
Dixon led all scorers with 20 points, and had a number of blocks early in the game. John Frangeskos scored 12 points while twin brother Mike finished with 10 points. Senior Luke Dyer also scored 10 points. Dickerson led Amityville with 19 points.
Both Frangeskos brothers, Dyer and fellow senior John LaMura, are expected to graduate in June. They, and their fellow seniors, all will have the distinction of bringing the Hurricanes back to the postseason.