The Southampton boys basketball team saw its run in the Suffolk County playoffs come to an end last Wednesday, February 26, with a 61-52 loss to Elwood/John Glenn in the Small Schools Championship at Ward Melville High School.
The Class B champion Mariners originally thought they’d be taking on Amityville, which had beaten Glenn in overtime to win the county’s Class A title, but Amityville had its championship revoked and given to Glenn when it was discovered that Amityville had used an ineligible player in the win, violating Section XI rules.
The Knights made the most of their second chance, beating Southampton in a game where both teams lacked energy. Glenn then went on to lose the overall county championship to Suffolk Class AA champ Brentwood in a 75-69 game on Friday.
After last week’s loss, Southampton turned its focus back to the Class B playoffs, where it was scheduled to play Nassau County champ Wheatley on Tuesday, March 4, at Farmingdale State College. Results from that game are in this week’s news section and online at 27east.com.
The winner advances to the Class B regional final on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m., at Beacon High School against the winner of the Section I/Section IX game. The winner of that game earns a spot in the New York State Final Four, set for March 14-16 at the Glens Falls Civic Center in upstate New York.
Against Glenn, Southampton was down by as many as 11 points in the second half, but cut it to just a three-point deficit, at 50-47, with three minutes left to play when sophomore point guard Izzy Johnson made a nice pass on a fast break to Taylor Sanders, who laid the ball in. But Glenn went on a 6-0 run after that to end the Southampton threat.
Naises Fulford led Southampton with 16 points, while Shaundell Fishburne added 13 points.
Southampton head coach Herm Lamison did not hide his unhappiness with his team’s performance after the game.
“You can’t win anything unless you show up with some energy and effort,” he said. “We just didn’t have the energy and we didn’t have the effort. I don’t know how you don’t have energy and effort for a championship game, because you don’t know the next time you’re coming this direction. Especially for the seniors, you’re not coming this direction again.”
Lamison said the change in opponent didn’t affect his team at all.
“Our preparation for Amityville was a little different, but we were prepared [for Glenn],” he said. “There was nothing [Glenn] did today that we didn’t discuss or go over. We were adequately prepared.
“I thought we had good energy initially when we first came out,” Lamison continued. “And Glenn looked a little flat. But then we sort of got flatter than flat—flatter than them. It’s hard to explain. I haven’t seen us play like this in a long time.”
Fishburne, Southampton’s leading scorer, was hobbling around at the end of the game and Lamison said afterward that the senior guard had suffered a high ankle sprain. Lamison said on Monday morning that Fishburne was questionable to play in the Long Island Championship.