Three days after winning its first Suffolk County Class B championship in a decade, the Southampton boys basketball team added another honor to its resume this season, beating county ‘C’ champ Stony Brook, 65-56, on Saturday to win the county B/C title at Farmingdale State College.
The win put the Mariners in the Small Schools Championship game against county ‘A’ champ Amityville. That game was scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, at Farmingdale. (Check 27east.com for the latest results.)
Southampton used a strong effort in the third quarter to get past the Bears on Saturday, handing them just their second loss of the season. Stony Brook had the edge early on, outscoring Southampton, 20-16, in the first quarter and going up by five points at halftime. But the Mariners outscored Stony Brook, 12-4, in the third quarter to take a three-point lead into the final quarter, then built on that lead down the stretch.
Southampton head coach Herm Lamison said a stronger effort on defense in the second half was the key to victory for his team. He said his players did a better job of shutting down Bears shooter Asaiah Wilson, who had scored 21 points in the first half alone with six three-pointers.
“In the second half, we changed defensive strategies and were able to close them out,” Lamison said. He said that forward Lyle Smith did a nice job in particular, picking up the defensive assignment on Wilson, who did not score in the second half. “He wanted to guard him, and he shut him down,” Lamison said of Smith.
Senior guard Shaundell Fishburne had another strong showing for Southampton, coming off his game-high 29 points in the county title game win over Babylon. He finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Guard/forward Naises Fulford had 15 points and nine rebounds, while guard Taylor Sanders had 11 points and five rebounds. Smith added seven points and 10 rebounds, while guard Izzy Johnson led the team with eight assists.