The Southampton boys basketball team’s game against Amityville for the Suffolk County Small Schools Championship, originally slated for Tuesday, February 25, has been cancelled because Amityville used an ineligible player in its Suffolk County Class A championship win over Elwood/John Glenn on Saturday. Because Amityville violated Section XI rules by playing an ineligible player, the team’s county Class A title was revoked, and Glenn is now the Suffolk County Class A champion. Southampton will now play Glenn for the Small Schools county title tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26, at 5 p.m. at Ward Melville High School.
According to Section XI Executive Director Ed Cinelli, the Amityville player was a middle-school student who was brought up to the junior varsity for the playoffs, but it was discovered that he was only eligible to play junior varsity, not varsity. When a team uses an ineligible, it must forfeit its win, according to Section XI rules.
The Mariners beat Babylon to win the county’s Class B championship on February 19, and advanced in the county playoffs by beating Class C/D champion Stony Brook on Saturday. The winner of the Small Schools Championship earns the right to play for the overall county title against the county’s Class AA champ, which will be either Brentwood or Deer Park. Those squads are scheduled to square off Tuesday, February 25, at Farmingdale State College at 5:30 p.m.
The overall county title game is currently scheduled for Friday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Walt Whitman High School.
Once the county playoffs conclude, the Mariners will turn their attention back to Class B, taking on Nassau champ Wheatley for the Long Island Championship at Farmingdale at 7:30 p.m. on March 4.